Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Beginning: Out of Africa


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). Can't you just hear Meryl Streep!


  1. I adored Meryl in this movie! I've never read the book though!

  2. I am embarrassed to admit that I have neither read the book nor seen the movie. Time to correct that, I think. Especially being from Africa myself.

  3. Yes, yes I can! I loved this movie and it's been a while since I've seen the whole thing - I think I need to Netflix it! Great choice:)

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I'm afraid I am in the same camp as Bev, neither having seen the film, nor read the book, although of course I do know of Meryl Streep's brilliant performance in the film!

    Whilst this probably isn't a book for me, that single opening line would make a fantastic voiceover for the opening shot of a film.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)


  5. I've never seen the movie or read the book either...I feel like I'm out of the loop. the beginning cuts right to the chase though. :)

  6. Did have wanted to read this book for so long. I don't know why I keep putting it off.

    I hope it is really enjoyable.

  7. Memorable book and movie! Enjoy!


  8. I haven't seen the movie or read the book but both are on my list of books I want to read and movies I want to watch. I love the first line!

  9. Saw the movie but never read the book. Meryl Streep was great.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  10. I haven't seen the movie in ages but I love Meryl Streep. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a great week and happy reading!

  11. I'm with most of the commenters -- saw the movie; failed to read the book. Great post! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews


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