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!
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.
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.
An entertaining book about an era that seems very foreign to today's reader, and that should be judged by the standard of its own day, not our own. Huxley's love for Africa and its people is apparent, and her language is marvelously descriptive if sometimes difficult to understand, but she often seems detached from her feelings, telling the story as if it had happened to someone else.