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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.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   farmer/fisherman Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   African Black Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   pioneering in countryside If this is a culture clash:    -   visiting a different culture Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   farmer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Scandinavian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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