Thursday, 28 July 2011

OUT OF AFRICA by Karen Blixen


I have reviewed this for Africa Book Club - here it is! I will only say, it is not at all like the movie.

If you aren't going to click through, let me leave you with this interesting little extract:

The Elite Of Bournemouth

I had as neighbour a settler who had been a doctor at home. Once, when the wife of one of my houseboys was about to die in childbirth, and I could not get into Nairobi, because the long ruins had ruined the roads, I wrote to my neighbour and asked him to do me the great service of coming over and helping her. He very kindly came, in the midst of a terrible thunderstorm and torrents of tropical rain, and, a the last moment, by his skill, he saved the life of the woman and the child.

Afterwards he wrote me a letter to say that although he had once, on my appeal, treated a Native, I must understand that he could not let that sort of thing occur again. I myself would fully realize the fact, he felt convinced, when he informed me that he had before now, practised to the elite of Bournemouth.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link and the quote! Sounds like an ... interesting... book from that quote.

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  2. Most books do not make interesting movies although some does. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Nice quote, Sarah. It made me sad though. I read your review in Africa Book Club and loved it.

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  4. Oh thanks Vishy. It is in many ways a very sad book.

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