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In a short biography, Karen Blixen, writing under the pen name Isak Dinesen, provides supplementary information about her farm in Kenya. Dinesen offers some vignettes and stories which do not appear in her other biographical writings. For example, Dinesen writes more fully about her staff on the African farm, and especially her relationship with Farah, who becomes a friend as well as an employee. Dinesen recounts the shooting of a lion and her presentation of the lion skin to the King of Denmark. Most interestingly, Denisen recounts the ways in which she remained tied to Africa long after she returned to Europe. The Second World War severs her contact with Africa, and Dinesen finds that after the war she must struggle to re-establish her connection with the continent and with those she left behind there.
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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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W 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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