The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101651391
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 228,019
  • File size: 547 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Sweet romp in the wilds

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    A new land, inhabited by only the natives and game is surrounde


    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    A book you will think about long after the final page...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    My Third Copy!

    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'...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Enthralling read

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 1, 2013

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    Posted July 26, 2013

    Im gritheart here to join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Flameflower to swiftstar

    Can i talk witt you at the last result? She said pads over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Swiftstar

    Sorry guys but I cant rp anymore. Bye.

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