The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

by Elspeth Huxley


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ISBN-13: 9780141183787
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 438,083
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elspeth Huxley was born in 1907 and spent most of her childhood in Kenya. She wrote novels, detective fiction, biographies, and travel books. She died in 1997.

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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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!
hemlokgang on LibraryThing 8 months ago
"The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood" by Elspeth Huxley, is an absolutely lovely recollection of childhood as it should be for every child. The daughter of two financially strapped, adventurous, and eternally optimistic parents, Elspeth recounts life in Thika in the bush of Kenya, where she spent her youth amongst the Kikuyu and Masai. She lived with nature, with superstitions, with death and love, and certainly writes about it all with great equanimity. She is able to capture the way a child hovers around the fringe of certain events, yet seems to understand events with a certain unique wisdom. It is a wonderful book. The writing is excellent, the story actually quite amazing, and the people are fascinating, one and all. Read it.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I read this girl's story of her family's emigration to Africa when I was a kid after I saw the television version on PBS. I re-read it as an adult, and it was still interesting and appealing.
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