Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Power of Words

"I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. . ."
~ Karen Blixen ~

Those words have haunted me since the first time I saw the movie, "Out of Africa." I have no idea how many times I have seen this movie (probably dozens) but each time it fills me with admiration for Karen Blixen. Meryl Streep protrays Blixen as was such a strong woman.

Each time I watch the movie, I tell myself that I need to read Blixen's books and stories research her life to see how much of the movie is based on fact. I haven't done that yet, but a quick search today gives me an idea.

I still want to read Out of Africa and Letters from Africa, but for today, I am once more lulled into a different world and a different time by the words, "I had a farm in Africa. . ."


  1. I know what you mean about that movie. I've seen it several times myself. Just reading those words brings it all back to me.

  2. I have the movie, I have the book, and I have a book about Karen Blixen. It's ALL interesting!

  3. I too love that movie and have watched it many times....think the success is owed to Meryl Streep...what a wonderful representation she did.

  4. I think Out of Africa is one of Meryl's best movies and one of my favorites! It was on cable yesterday and I love the story. For me, I detect a gentness that absolutely mermerizes me with her voice. I totally get into this movei!

  5. I have that hauntingly beautiful sound track. A mother brought it for her sad little baby years ago. We played it for him, and it was so bittersweet.

  6. Can you believe that I have NEVER seen that movie! I'm going to have to watch it now, though! Thanks!
    Take care of yourself.


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