Bill Bryson's African Diary Author:Bill Bryson “Here is a man who suffers so his readers can laugh.” — Daily Telegraph — Bill Bryson travels to Kenya in support of CARE International. All royalties and profits go to CARE International. — Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contras... more »ts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects and large predators. It is also a country with many serious problems: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. The resultant diary, though short in length, contains the trademark Bryson stamp of wry observation and curious insight.« less
A great way to spend an hour or so. This small book included all of Bryson's wit as well as the same excellent travel writing. Bryson's childhood images of Africa pretty much correlated to mine (i.e., Jungle Jim and Tarzan movies) but his trip to Africa brought him reality as he witnessed the extreme poverty and needs of the African people. I was a little disappointed that the book wasn't a little longer but I enjoyed it nonetheless!
Compelling! Having spent time in the places he's writing about, I was both in awe of how much worse parts of Kenya have become in 20 years and also Bill Bryson's terrific gift at telling a story in a candid and inspiring way.