Isak Dineson was the pen name of Karen Blixen.
Out of Africa is her memoir about her days in colonial Kenya, trying to make a living by running a coffee farm, while having a lot of fun with a certain big game hunter. Eventually the coffee venture goes belly up, and she has to leave.
It's not in the book, but she came back to Europe and became a famous writer. Writing sentences like this:
There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne - bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.Some of the book club members didn't like her imperious attitude, and perhaps distrusted her wild ways. But all agreed she wrote like a dream.
lost her land
but turned her hand
to cultivating prose