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At The Age Of Twenty Five, Kuki Gallman, Divorced And Badly Injured In A Devastating Car Accident, Left Italy To Convalesce In Africa With The Man Who Would Become Her Second Husband Enchanted By The Land, They Established A Vast Ranch On The Laikipia Plateau In Kenya But Africa S Splendor Came With A Price Filled With Pain And Joy, Beauty And Drama, Gallman S Haunting Memoir Captures Perfectly The Magic Of Kenya The New York TImes Book Review


10 thoughts on “I Dreamed of Africa

  1. says:

    Although I wanted to like this story I didn t Most probabaly it s me, because I guess I expected something completely different I expected to read about the people in Africa their customs and culture, their daily life and Kuki adjusting to this Instead I got the mistreatment of animals, a lot of horrible accidents, dead people, mourning and over all a depressing story that is written with a lot of long descriptions in a way that didn t pull me in I skipped passages and just wanted to have it over with, because some things I just didn t want to read and some things sounded so unbelievable to me.She had a husband who was a hunter, killed animals, killed an elephant without a reason and she was just standing there and watching Not much later in the book she fights for the wildlife in Africa I don t understand this I m not a wildlife activist, but I would never want a husband who kills an elephant just for the kill right in front my eyes.She had a son crazy about snakes and they lived miles away from a doctor and any medical help Knowing what she knew about her son shouldn t she have kept his hobby within proportions and have been better prepared for bites and the consequences I don t know, but to me she seemed to be very naive.What I do like is that s the explanation for the two stars that she obviously loves Africa very much and no matter what she wants to stay there and it must have been really difficult for her being there alone with a baby and so much grieve I understand this so well, because I emigrated from the Netherlands to Greece and I also had to face some difficulties all by myself Sometimes it is still hard, but I know that I love Greece and I will never leave, whatever happens Greece is my home.


  2. says:

    The book I Dreamed Of Africa is a very touching memoir about the author, Kuki Gallman s life in Laikipia, Kenya One day when Mrs Gallman was 12 years old her teacher in Italy told her class to write an essay about where they would be and what they would be doing in 20 years She wrote about how she would be living in Africa and seeing the giraffes and the lions and the buffalo where ever she went, and when she got the essay back, there was a big check on it but no grade When she asked her teacher why she didn t get a grade, her teacher replied, It is well written as usual, but totally absurd Why did you have to write about Africa She replied, But I do want to live in Africa, I do not want to stay here all my life One day I shall go to Africa I shall send you a postcard from there, signora, in 20 years time Twenty years later, she did I Dreamed Of Africa is about how she raised her family in Africa, and all the happy and sad experiences she had She owns a game reserve and is trying to save its wildlife by educating the local villagers in the area about the effects of poaching and why they should stop She is also trying to conserve Kenya s amazing wildlife and vegetation I Dreamed Of Africa is an excellent example of a mix of an autobiography and a biography, because the book is written in such a way that she is telling her own story, and the stories of people who she loved and some of who died This book also refers to some families who were good friends of the Gallman s, such as the Leakey s, who are leading archeologists, and the Blocks, who started the first international hotels in Kenya She also made friends with some members of the Turkana and Tharaka tribes I Dreamed Of Africa is special to me because I met the author and she told my class and me from Lycee Denis Diderot the French school in Nairobi some of these stories She told us these stories at a lodge on her ranch We all sat around a campfire and I looked at her across the flames while she told some of these stories and pictured them in my mind Review by Ashraf Soltani


  3. says:

    Where will I start Well, this was in a way one of the best books i ve ever read A great story about an Italian woman who leaves behind her live in Europa to start somewhere else Kenia There, in Africa, she finds true joy in her life but also true misery She keeps fighting though, and she keeps loving her land in Africa which she calls home.The story touched me, because life simply isn t easy in Africa and surely not when bad things happen.I myself dream of a life somewhere else, far away from my luxury life here in Belgium She truly is an example of someone who dreamed about Africa and eventually managed to live there.What an inspiring book,and that s why I give 5 5


  4. says:

    No no no no Arrivata alla nonna molto pia e pure medium ho veramente pensato di abbandonare, ma non posso perch mi serve per portare avanti un paio di giochi.Intanto gi mi ha fatto rompere una regola di solito recensisco nella lingua in cui leggo, quindi quando leggo in inglese preferisco recensire in inglese Torniamo a monte il libro scritto da un italiana, che per l ha redatto in inglese, e nell edizione italiana spiega che sente pi sua la versione inglese, cio la lingua che usa in Africa e associa alla suua vita l Ok, no problem per me A pagina 10 gi mi ricredevo sicuramente la signora ha un ottimo inglese funzionale che le permette di vivere da cosmopolita, ma si capisce subito che il romanzo pensato in italiano e messo su carta in altra lingua Troppi aggettivi ed avverbi, che gli inglesi usano pi sporadicamente di noi E nonostante legga in inglese da 23 anni non credo di aver mai letto prima la parola interlocutor Ma torniamo alla trama, che fa tanto revival anni 70 Kuki viene da un ottima famiglia veneziana, ricca, e la fatica maggiore che ha fatto nella vita stata interrompere gli studi universitari per sposare anzitempo un belloccio in Ferrari Non si capisce se abbia passato anche il resto dell esistenza a muoversi in Ferrari o altre auto veloci, ma una cosa certa non andrei mai in macchina con lei Sono al 42% e ha gi collezionato abbastanza incidenti da rappresentare un anomalia statistica Se non lei qualche amico o parente Si fa qualcosa per evitarlo Magari si comincia a guidare meno velocemente e facendo pi attenzione No Perch altrimenti si perderebbe tutto il senso di fatalismo ed ineluttabilit dell esistenza che permea il racconto.Ma andiamo in Africa dopo aver divorziato dal primo marito Kuki sposa Paolo, la sua vera anima gemella, e si stabiliscono in Kenya Credo che l obiettivo del memoriale sia quello di presentare l epica di una famiglia che decide di trapiantare le proprie radici in un ambiente nuovo, diversissimo da quello di provenienza In realt finora sembra la cronaca del solito uomo bianco colonizzatore Kuki e Paolo non fanno niente, ma proprio niente Si scrivono lettere d a, poesie e bigliettini Comprano e arredano casa Assumono la servit Piantano un giardino con piscina e volano attraverso la savana su aeroplani di amici che, portando al loro interno la Kuki, tendono quantomeno ad atterrare con il botto Mentre lei scrive poemi all ombra delle acacie lui spara a bufali, leoni ed elefanti L orgoglio del cacciatore che impallina tutto ci che si muove dura da capire nel 2015, quando stiamo cercando di salvare l ultimo rinoceronte bianco dai bracconieri Ma tant , erano altri tempi, i gloriosi anni 70 Paolo li celebra assumendo anche una qualche bacca psicotropa locale ed aprendo le porte della percezione in stile Huxley Kuki ha premonizioni di morte A un certo punto contagia anche Paolo, che profetizza di morire solo e comincia a parlare di metempsicosi Intanto la figlia che ha avuto dalla prima moglie, raggiunti i 17 anni, abbandona il collegio svizzero per andare a cercare s stessa in India insieme al primo marito di Kuki Moderato disappunto risolto in due righe negli altri membri della famiglia Che altro Escludendo la tendenza ad andarsi a schiantare coi mezzi di trasporto, Kuki fortunata La seccatura pi grande sono gli animali che le mangiano le piante del giardino Anche il suo unico figlio sembra uscito da un romanzo british dell 800 appassionato di natura fin dalla pi tenera et , ha saltato la fase della lallazione arrivando prima del tempo a tenere conversazioni articolate con gli adulti che gli stavano intorno Trapiantato in Africa si trovato subito benissimo, e il Piccolo Lord gli fa una pippa Nei suoi occhi di quattordicenne la madre vede una profondit ed una maturit da uomo che ha vissuto molte vite e, quando Paolo muore, c anche il formale passaggio di consegne sul tema ora sei tu l uomo di casa, ora dipendiamo da te Ma cosa, dipendiamo da te Deve forse andare a vendere fiammiferi per poter portare a casa una pagnotta con cui nutrire la vecchia madre Santo cielo, si tratta del rampollo di una dinastia di ricchi e nobili veneziani, non di un moderno Oliver Twist.Non capisco, davvero Forse questo era il modo di pensare degli anni 70, ma per me non ha nulla di evocativo Anzi, noioso Donna Kuki siamo onesti se tu puoi passare le giornate a scrutare l orizzonte meditando sul senso della vita perch sai che a casa c qualcuno che fa la lavatrice per te Basta fluttuare nell esistenza, fai qualcosa abbiamo ancora pi di 190 pagine da passare insieme.


  5. says:

    Memoir reading is something very personal it requires your own personal identification with the experiences of the author This then, is not fiction and requires from us, the readers, an emotive attribute that is sometimes missing in other works we read Yet, for me, while reading I Dreamed Of Africa I missed this emotional attribute Gallmann s story is well known her enduring love story with Paolo, and her love for Africa resulted in a movie by the same name.I am fascinated by Africa, make no mistake about it, which is why I purchased the book despite the hefty price tag of than 12 Well, in these recessionary times, I guess that qualifies as hefty Gallmann writes well but I found very little about Africa in the book The people of Africa are there only as stage props, as loyal servants to Gallmann, and thus, a vast void is immediately apparent.As a personal story, Gallmann scores she is weepy, sentimental, psychic, loving, and courageous But after a point, I just had enough about superhuman characters who are divinely beautiful Paolo was one he was the one who foretold his own death, all of Gallmann s family seem to foretell their own death , and when he was not out shooting elephants to death, he was taking care of the vast ranch Kuki s son Emmanuel ah, like all mothers, Kuki idolizes him His craze of snakes causes his death eventually and Kuki spares no effort in ensuring that his memory is still alive in the reader, who by this time must surely be wondering if there are any characters in this book who are not beautiful, or handsome or wise By now, you must be getting my drift if you are interested in a lot of details about beautiful Paolo, and Emmanuel, then, by all means, pick up this book If it is Africa you are searching for Achebe, Wole Soyinka or Achak Deng may be a better choice.


  6. says:

    I heard Kuki Gallmann speak at a conference I attended and was swept away by the courage and dedication, strength and vision of this amazing woman A colleague lent me this book and having given it as a birthday present to a student who just spent part of his summer holidays in Africa, I thought it was time I actually read it I had been impressed by what a persuasive speaker Kuki Gallmann was her written voice is often pure poetry Her tale is lyrical but oh so tragic in many ways I wept buckets even though, having heard her story, I knew full well what to expect I regret that the book ends before so many of the wonderful foundation projects are begun, but the tale is well worth reading Perhaps there is a continuation, I don t know, but at anyrate it is heartening to know that the work she describes at the end of the book is just the beginning of all she has achieved and continues to do for Africa, the country of her heart.


  7. says:

    This will stay with you for the rest of your life, seriously, you will live , eat and breathe n owt but this amazing book till its very last paragraph, it was a TOTAL honour to read.


  8. says:

    More emotionally intense than I had expected 4 stars, 5 stars, I m not sure, while captivating at times, periodically I had to force myself to not skim through some pages I can not deny that it will stay with me forever .why is that books about Africa have such mystic about them I ve read stories fiction and non about so many other places on the Earth but the most affective are told from Africa.My copy is a library book and I am reluctant to put it far from my reach, I d prefer not to give it back This edition has several pages of photos which connected faces with the story, and sped up the mental process of getting acquainted with Kuki s life There is something so beautiful in the honesty of Gallman s writing her story, though full of many once in a life time adventures is also full of equal parts grief An emblem of sorts to how fleeting our time is on this planet, how important our relationships with friends and family are and how to live the journey true to your heart and with grace.


  9. says:

    Let s hope the movie is better.


  10. says:

    This was a memoir about an Italian woman that brought her family to Kenya and made a life for herself and her family Kuki Galllmann, the author, described how throughout her childhood, she dreamed of living in Africa and that she eventually made that a reality The book outlines hardships that followed her dream including the death of her husband, Paolo, death of her son, Emmanuelle and being a single mother in a foreign country.The memoir was well written and easy to follow I liked the way that the author organized the material and had a quote at the beginning of each chapter Her writing style was almost poetic, descriptive and I felt taken away to Africa, was able to visualize the Kuki s experience I found the description of the relationships with her neighbors, the wildlife and the environment to be clear.At the stage of writing a memoir, I admire honesty and openness and a sense of awareness and insight, especially because the author was being vulnerable by disclosing her struggles and challenges in her life However, Kuki Gallmann seemed to lack some very basic awareness of her actions and how they impacted her family.Kuki Gallmann was resigned from the parent role and hyper focused on her marriage to Paolo, which resulted in the unfortunate death of her son, Emmanuele Once Paolo died, I was disturbed by how Kuki put her son Emmanuele in the surrogate husband role At first , although Kuki showed no awareness of this fact, the actions and choices Kuki described in the memoir, sending her kids away while Kuki and Paolo explored Africa, showed her children were not her top priority Then, after Paolo died, Emmanuelle took on a surrogate husband role, and than once, when describing her son, Kuki described Emmanuele, he is wiser beyond his years Given the circumstances of living in a foreign country on her own, pregnant with her daughter, I could understand why Gallmann may have resorted to having poor boundaries with her son, but the fact that Gallmann did not acknowledge this bothered me Parts of the book, where she even said that Emmanuele was her confidant, although, she used the word friend and she told him about the affair she was having with Aiden, a man that already had a family and commitments It was disappointing that she had no awareness or reflection on the burden she put on her adolescent son I had a hard time understanding why Kuki would allow her child and adolescent son to collect poisonous snakes and risk his life, eventually, causing his death I am not saying that a parent has complete control over a child, but getting a snake pit, allowing him to collect venomous snakes lacks some very basic maternal instinct and common sense.The other part of the book I found disturbing was the description of the elephant hunt and how Paolo, her husband had killed an elephant for the thrill of the catch and the experience I found captivating animals, hunting, killing and torturing animals to be upsetting, but I also appreciated that she expressed regret over watching her husband kill an elephant and the description of her emotional experience of watching the helpless elephant die I would have anticipated integration with the local culture and customs and it seemed that the author was fairly segregated I wanted exposure and connection to the local African culture and that was limited in this memoir.