Isak Dinesen's Africa: Images of the Wild Continent from the Writer's Life and Words


142 pages
Contains Illustrations, Bibliography
ISBN 0-88894-488-8






Reviewed by Ann Tudor

Ann Tudor was the former Managing Editor of Canadian Book Review Annual and had her own Toronto-based crafts company, Honest Threads.


Glorious color photography, descriptions by Isak Dinesen (mostly from Out of Africa, but also from Shadows on the Grass and Letters’ from Africa, 1914-1931), and a few black-and-white photographs from the life of Karen Blixen — in all, a romantic package published by Douglas & McIntyre (with copyright held by the Sierra Club Books). Certainly it capitalizes on the popularity of the movie and the newly awakened interest in Isak Dinesen. But the book is beautiful.

Each picture is accompanied by a fragment from Dinesen’s writing (ranging in length from a short paragraph to a page). An Editor’s Note giving background information introduces each of the five sections of the book (Into the Country, The Farm in the Ngong Hills, Africa in Flesh and Blood, Safari, and Flight and Fall). The book concludes with “A Note on the Sources” and “About the Photographs,” which gives for each a brief descriptive title and the name of the photographer (one of more than seven who contributed to the book).


Dinesen, Isak, “Isak Dinesen's Africa: Images of the Wild Continent from the Writer's Life and Words,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 14, 2024,