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Nairobi, Kenya — I have left the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and have decided to highlight the opening line and other memorable lines from the 1985 film Out of Africa. It was narrated by Meryl Streep who played the heroine Karen Blixen:

“I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the north, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.”

And . . .

“Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.”

And . . .

After placing a gramophone in a field near wild baboons.

Denys: Think of it: Never a man-made sound… and then Mozart!

I may have left them, but the endless plains are going to always be there.

(Out of Africa was listed one of the top 100 books of the 20th century by Time magazine.)


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  1. Karen Blixen wrote beautifully. Did Roger from SCF follow up with you?

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