Karen Blixen, writing under the pen name Isak Dinesen, recounts her attempts to run a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years before and after the First World War. Dinesen relates how she developed friendships with her native staff and with fellow Europeans arriving in Africa. Dinesen entertains native chiefs and European royalty at her farm. She also hunts and attempts to maintain some of her European ways while trying to adopt to her new home. Dinesen must fight against poverty and natural disasters to keep her farm. The threat of failure and the necessity of moving back to Europe haunt Dinesen as she hunts, takes walks, and acts as a doctor and consultant for her squatters.
This report prepared by A. Antonow