Shadows on the Grass

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Isak Dinesen takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under he name of Karen Blixen. With warmth and humanity these four stories illuminate her love both for the African people, their dignity and traditions, and for the beauty and wildness of the landscape. The nex three were written in the 1950s and the ast, 'Echoes from the Hills', was written especially for this volume in the ummer of 1960 when the poe as in her twenties. In all they provide a moving final chapter to her African reminiscences.
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144
Original Title of the Book
Skygger paa græsset
Publication Date
Published October 25th 1990 by Penguin Classics (first published 1960

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Like Out of Africa by the same author this book reads like a love letter to Somali culture.

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It fills in the facts of what happened to the people that Karen wrote about in her book Out of Africa.

Anothe author died of malnutrition.

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Twenty-five years after her return to Denmark from British East Africa, Baroness Karen Blixen wrote “ Shadows on the Grass ”.

( view spoiler) [ Farah AdenThis story was evoted to Farah Aden whom Blixen held in high esteem: " My servant by the grace of God ".

Blixen had received a letter from the King of Denmark to whom she had presented a gorgeous lion skin.

In tha tal, Blixen declared that she found lion-hunting irresistible because it was " in reality a declaration of love ".

My feeble mind can not fathom this.The Great GestureThis is a heartwarming story of Blixen, the untrained doctor, tending to the sick who had a morbid fear of hospitals.

It was specially lovely to read of the respect the servants had for Blixen.

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One after another all faces around me lightened up and broke in laughter.

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