In 1913, at the age of six, the author accompanied her parents from England to Kenya. In this autobiography, Huxley recalls her childhood as a time of "adventure and freedom." She writes an unforgettable story of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people and discovering the beauty and the terrors of the jungle. A real literary treasure!
wonderful imagery of africa, lush descriptions of the sites and sounds. it's amazing to realize that this takes place before world war 1. this book is timeless.
This is a fascinating look at Africa in the early part of the 20th century. Huxley had an amazing childhood, peopled with independent spirits who went to "the wilds" of Africa to carve out their own destinies. Some fared better than others.
An interesting look at the British colonization of Kenya, thru the eyes of a child.
Elspeth Huxley's memoirs of her childhood in Kenya. This was made into a miniseries shown on Masterpiece Theater
Very well written and interesting
I loved this book. In the realm of other girl/ childhood memory books this book is a classic. I enjoyed the trip into Africa and going on the journey with Elspeth and her family . In their own way they were pioneering settlers; beginning a new life from scratch.
This had been made into a series that I loved and as always, the book fills in gaps left by TV or movies.
The book shared more of the family's experiences than the Masterpiece Theater film did, made in the '60s or '70s. The family had a much more difficult time establishing their coffee farm in the African bush than Isak Dinesen during the same era. I thoroughly enjoyed the book..