Teaser Tuesdays – July 15, 2014


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.



Mine for this week is non-fiction.

Letters from Africa
1914 – 1931
by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

Edited for the Rungstedlund Foundation by Frans Lasson
Translated by Anne Born


My teaser is from a letter to Ingeborg Dinesen (her mother) dated Hopcrafts Shooting Box 20.1.14.

There is no sleeping car, but Bror had brought sheets and blankets. By the following morning the landscape had completely changed and then it was the real Africa, vast grass plains and the mountains in the distance and then an incredible wealth of game, huge flocks of zebra and gnu and antelope right beside the train, and although when you hear about that you don’t attach much importance to it, when you see it for yourself you find it really impressive.


What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.


33 comments on “Teaser Tuesdays – July 15, 2014

  1. karaskinner says:

    This sounds really good! I love nonfiction books like this. Thanks for stopping by my blog! http://goo.gl/4HKgh3


  2. Sounds like a fascinating book. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about HEARTS IN RUIN.


    • Thanks for coming by, Sandra. Re your Hearts in Ruin, I’ve read a lot of archaeological dig novels that were set in the past (love the Amelia Peabody series), but not much in the way of ones set in the present.


  3. I’m not sure this one is for me, but I hope you are enjoying it!
    My Teaser today is from Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter.


    • Karen Blixen wrote her letters while living on (and later managing) the coffee plantation in Kenya. It is one of the books on which the movie “Out of Africa” was based.

      Thanks for coming by and leaving your TT, Michelle.


  4. Beautiful excerpt! Thanks for sharing and tempting me to read this. And thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. It is, isn’t it? You can tell that Karen was already a published author by the time she joined Bror in Africa. She also studied art. Thanks for stopping by and leaving yours http://wp.me/pGfjM-1RW


  6. Very descriptive excerpt. It gives a good feel for the adventures of the author. Thanks for visiting my blog.


    • I’m learning a lot and it is interesting when I see parts that relate to something I remember from the movie.

      Thanks for coming by. Isabel Allende is one of those authors I keep meaning to read something by and never seem to get around to doing so.


  7. yvonne473 says:

    It’s not a genre that I read, but I do hope you enjoy it.


    • I know what you mean, Yvonne. I don’t read this genre as a rule, but there are a few that I read. Kenya at that time has always fascinated me. Mine are more often a mystery like yours this week.


  8. That sounds really interesting, although I know little about Africa I loved the picture painted by the author of the plains.


  9. Heather L says:

    What a beautiful passage – thanks for sharing that, and for visiting my teaser today.


  10. SilverSeason says:

    I enjoyed Letters from Africa very much, but then I like letters generally because of their immediacy. Right now I am reading John Matteson’s The Lives of Margaret Fuller. She was a scholar and intellectual in a time and place where there wasn’t much outlet for such a woman.


    • That sounds like a good one also, Nancy.

      I’ve had Letters for probably close to ten years, but through two moves and everything else going on had completely forgotten about it. So I owe you for reminding me of it after you read it last month.


  11. Alice Audrey says:

    I think it’s a good thing that real life is more impressive than a movie or other way to experience huge herds of zebra.


  12. I don’t know that this one is exactly my tastes, but I hope you enjoy it! Here’s my TT!


  13. pooch2Pooch says:

    Beautiful writing, isn’t it? Enjoy this book!


  14. Kym T says:

    I think I would like this one! Intriguing teaser!


  15. Vonnie says:

    Sounds interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by Vonnie’s Reading Corner!


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