I Dreamed of Africa

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2007 - Conservationists - 352 pages
This autobiography tells the story of an Italian woman whose life is driven by love of Africa. The prologue covers a string of deaths which shaped Kuki Gallmann's life including that of a woman friend who died in a car crash. The widower, Paulo (who then married Kuki), his two daughters and Kuki's son by a previous marriage all went to Kenya and bought a large estate. Paulo died in an accident and Kuki's son died aged 17, bitten by one of his own puff-adders. Kuki had a couple of affairs - one with a married white planter, another with a film stuntman who involved her in the film "Out of Africa". Finally she set up a foundation which in fact is more like a private wildlife park.

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This has got to be one of the most heart wrenching yet uplifting books I have ever read about one woman's life experiences in Africa. After divorcing her first husband Kuki marries the widower of a ... Read full review

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Sickening. It's a book about a woman obsessed with her own grief. I've never read so many descriptions of accidents, wakes and funerals in the same book. Even the dog's funeral is described! The ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Kuki Gallmann was born near Venice, and studied political sciences at the University of Padua. Fascinated by Africa since her childhood, she visited Kenya first in 1970, and returned to live there in 1972 with her husband and son.

As a tribute to their memory she founded the Gallmann Memorial Foundation, with the specific mandate of creating on Ol Ari Nyiro Ranch in Laikipia an example of the harmonious coexistence of man and the environment through new ways of combining development and conservation. The Foundation promotes and sponsors the education of Kenyans.

An active conservationist, in 1989 she was awarded the Order of the Golden Ark by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for her major and continuing contribution to the survival of the black rhinoceros, and her research into nature conservation in Kenya.

I Dreamed of Africa, her account of her life, the tragic losses of her husband and son and her subsequent renewal through the Gallmann Memorial Foundation, was published in 1991 to international acclaim and became a world-wide bestseller.

Kuki Gallmann lives on Ol Ari Nyiro with her daughter and her dogs.

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