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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

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by Elspeth Huxley
     
 

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In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African. With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a

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In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African. With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful. For a young girl, it was a time of adventure and freedom, and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101651391
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
159,953
File size:
560 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this autobiographical story of being a young girl living in a hut in Africa. My first thought was, "what does she do all day"? It was a nice perspective into the early days of Africa's British settlements. I enjoyed it's pace and the characters. I look forward to the continuation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had somewhat reluctantly picked up this book at the urging of a friend. It has become one of my dearest favorites. The descriptions capture a time and world that is largely gone. The writer's astute observations of the complexities of both nature and the goings-on of the adults around her make this a hard book to put down and will send you searching for the sequel - The Mottled Lizard, which is equally fascinating, but seemingly harder to find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book as a PBS 'Masterpiece Theater' adaptation 20 years ago and it led me to the book. This is my third copy - I've worn out two rereading and sharing this book. Its definitely one to read again and again. I've given copies to my young nieces and as I grow older, I get something new from each reading. I'd also recommend the sequel, 'the Mottled Lizard'...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new land, inhabited by only the natives and game is surrounded by dessert and adventure. The soil is fresh and fertile, but the environment is savage and raw. Only the clever and persistent can make a life in the unforgiving atmosphere of Africa. This was the land that Elspeth Huxley, the only daughter of Tilly, her mother and Robin, her father, grew up in. Her family moved from their luxurious lifestyle in England to Africa in hopes of growing coffee and becoming rich but they soon learned that it was a lot simpler said than done.  In Elspeth’s autobiography The Flame Trees of Thika she recites her extravagant and grim adventures of growing up in Africa. Elspeth’s journey starts in the barren plains of Thika and the luscious jungle of the Kikuyu, but when a war begins she is shipped to the highlands of Molo, and all the while she is enveloping and captivating you with the African culture, which is exhilarating and invigorating. With astounding descriptions and a peculiar mood, this book helps develop a theme of having perseverance and a sense of adventure, making this reading extremely appealing. I personally adore this book and would recommend it to any individual over the age of thirteen because of the challenging vocabulary that is used. If you also discover that this book is very interesting I would highly recommend The call of the Wild or Race to Witch Mountain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book some years ago but still remember it fondly. The author writes beautifully of her childhood growing up in an exciting and challenging place during a time the world was changing forever. I highly recommend this book!
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