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Isak Dinesen

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out-of-africa-isak-dinesenOut of Africaby the NumbersAcademy Awards won by the 1985 film starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford7Years Dinesen lived in Africa17Year Dinesen's autobiographical book Letters from Africa was posthumously released1981Acres of coffee planted on the farm600Narrator, Book 1, Chapter 1he views were immensely wide. Everything that you saw made for... freedom, and unequalled nobility.Sources: The Dallas Morning News, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Identity and Networks: Fashioning Gender and Ethnicity Across Cultures by Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Judith Okely, and Jonathan Meir WebberCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.KamanteYoung Kikuyu servant, skilled cook, and keen observerFarahBaroness's Somali majordomo and trusted allyKinanjuiHigh-ranking chief; helps mediate disputes on the farmNarratorDanish baroness managing a farm in colonial AfricaDenys Finch-HattonNarrator's intimate friend; dies in a plane crashSymbolsLionsRepresent aristocracy in the animal kingdomSymbolizes the ideal storyteller who has great powers of descriptionLandscapeConnects people with truthOld KnudsenBorn in Denmark, Karen Dinesen (later Baroness Blixen-Finecke) went to Africa to marry a Swedish cousin and manage their coffee farm. Forced to sell it in 1931, Dinesen returned to Denmark. Perhaps because of her role on the farm, she presented her multicultural perspective under a man's name.ISAK DINESEN18851962AuthorNarrator Baroness Blixen looks back on her time in Kenya managing a coffee farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Through richly varied, sometimes troubling stories of the land and its people and wildlife, she shares her 17-year love affair with Africa until tragic death and loss of her farm send her home to Denmark.Moments in Time: People and PlaceLossGreat losses thread through the narrative: a native child, a young friend, Denys, and the farm.Cultural DifferencesCharacter interactions highlight the complexities of the colonizer–colonized relationship.Justice & JudgmentConflicting cultural ideas of guilt and innocence shape the way justice is administered.THEMESAristocracyAny person of any race may possess personal dignity, act nobly, and connect deeply with others.Main CharactersIsak Dinesen1937EnglishNonfictionAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageOut of AfricaAutobiography