Isak Dinesen & Beryl Markham

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Isak Dinesen & Beryl Markham

In Isak Dinesen's From Out of Africa, readers can first notice her descriptive and vivid details she portrays throughout her short story. Dinesen writes how she and her companion, Denys, take a trip to Lake Natron. At First, the author explains the location and scenery the two of them view from a "birds eye view" as they travel across Africa in an airplane. Dinesen explains what they observe in her story as she writes;

The white bottom, shining through the water, gives it, when seen from the air, a striking, an unbelievable azure-colour, so clear that for a moment you shut your eyes at it; the expanse of water lies in the bleak tawny land like a big bright aquamarine (152-153). Here is where readers get a small but vivid description of the site in Africa they were witnessing while above ground level. The two of them landed on the white shore, which was described as, "white-hot as an oven" (153).

If you stretched out your hand from the shade, the sun was so hot that it hurt you. Our bottles of beer when they first arrived with us, straight out of the ether, were pleasantly cold, but before we had finished them, in a quarter of an hour, they became as hot as a cup of tea (153).

Dinesen also writes how she saw a herd of twenty-seven Buffalo that were grazing down the side of the Ngong mountain.

First we saw them a long way below us, like mice moving gently on a floor, but we dived down, circling over and along their ridge, a hundred and fifty feet above them and well within shooting distance; we counted them as they peacefully blended and separated (154).

In wrapping up Dinesen's trip to...