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FC: Out Of Africa A Memoir Written By: Isak Dinesen Scrapbook By: Michelle Galemmo
1: This book is a memoir written by Isak Dinesen. A movie called Out Of Africa was also made about her life, but the book is very different from the movie. The book is almost like a dairy containing lots of short stories about her life in Africa. She owns a coffee farm, working and living there she becomes very close with her surroundings. She makes friends with many natives from the Kikuyu tribe, and learns more about the nature of Africa's culture everyday.
2: Isak meets Kamante, a Kikuyu boy. Kamante is different then most people Isak meets. He seems to have less social skills but is a very deep thinker. He becomes Isak's faithful cook and helper on the farm as he grow older. Also Kamante (after being sick and going to a missionary hospital) coverts to Christianity.
3: Isak rescues an orphan gazelle when she purchases it from some natives. As she begins to care and become very attached , the baby grows up and is named Lulu. Lulu spends months at the farm, only to one day disappear. Isak becomes very sad , until Kamenta discovers Lulu has only left to start a family! After that Lulu visits the farm only a few times, but all the workers are excited to she her little babies 1
4: A Shooting accident takes place on the farm. A young boy named Wamai was shot by Kabero. They were both workers on the farm, and Isak rushed to the scene when she heard the shot.After taking the boy to a hospital he healed, and was fine. But the tribe leaders, called Kyama did not even have time to decide what to do. This is because Kabero ran away, in fear he would be hanged for the incident. He returned 5 years later, and all was forgiven.
5: Isak becomes close friends with a Kikuyu Chief named Kinanjui. Kinanjui is a very unique man, he is the only native around who drives a very lavish car. He is constantly living very lavishly , offering expensive cigars to all, and having many wives. His wives range in all ages, and looks , they end up producing more then 55 sons. Kinanjui meets with Isak many times throughout the book, and holds great importance to the Kikuyu tribe.
6: The natives who live on the farm host a big dance. The dance is a very big event, members of other tribes walk miles to join in. The dance usually brings about 1500 people to the farm. People join around bonfires, and drummers dancing and mingling. Although Isak could never join in, since this is a strictly tribal event, she enjoyed the energy the event brought to the farm.
7: A big Indian timber merchant visited Isak's farm once. He came with a large entourage ,and many translators.As a parting gift the merchant gave Isak a pearl ring. She had the feeling he would ask for something in return, and indeed he did. A few weeks later he sent, by letter, a request for one of her dogs.
8: Sadly after many years the farm was no longer doing well. Coffee prices fell when Isak was already living paycheck to paycheck. She came up with many ideas of how to keep the farm, but she lacked the capital to fallow through with these ideas.This same year Chief Kinanjui died, bringing great sadness to Isak. She was also very sad to say goodbye to the nature, and environment she had grown to love.
9: I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially those who watched the movie. This is because the book is so different from the movie. Why I didn't like this book is because I found it boring, and somewhat confusing. Usually I like books with plots, and this book seemed to be lacking that. This book did include some very beautiful descriptions of Africa though. Overall I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars.