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    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

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    Great stuff Her memoir is from the early years of the Kenya colony — her parents’ new farm was one of the first established in that area and the hinterlands were still pretty much as they were before the Eur

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    When we were kids we played in a field down the street from our house If memory serves correctly always a joke when it comes to my memory the space was almost entirely undeveloped so there was ample space for us to run and play We rode our bikes down there we chased butterflies we caught bugs for science projects; I won't speak for my broth

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    I seem to be one of the few readers who didn't love this tale of a young British family trying to start a coffee plantation in British East Africa Kenya in the period 1912 1914 their friendships with the other British colonials and their interactions with the Kikuyu and Masai people who lived nearby or worked for them Actu

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    In 1913 when the author was six years old she and her mother and father went to British East Africa BEA to start a coffee plantation

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    Read this several times over the years and also watched the BBC series which I just love Never got around to reviewing the book but recently my sister handed me her copy of the seuel The Mottled Lizard so I figured it was about time Elspeth Huxley just knows how to write It is the beginning of the end of British cultivation ? of the African

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    Ever get to the end of a book and contemplate flipping back to the first page and starting all over again? This is a book whose world I just want to continue living in but like the ending of a book is a world that just doesn't exist any So much of the book though it deals with people trying to start a new fronti

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    This is meant to be a memoir Unlike other memoirsdiariescorrespondence that some GR readers think are novels this one really is a novel presented as a memoir We are told it covers the years when she was aged five to eight How could a child as young as Elspeth supposedly is during the action hear those detailed adult conversations and remember them let alone comprehending what was going on? It's excellently well writte

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    A memoir of the author's childhood in Thika a farm area outside Nairobi in colonial Kenya just prior to World War I in 1913 when the author was six years old Her uirky parents traveled from England to Thika to start a coffee plantation In the early 20th century the area was a mosaic of English Scottish and Dutch settlers trying to carve out a place among the native Kikuyu and Masai tribes Sometimes the two worlds inter

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Trees of Epub #221 In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents The Flame PDFEPUB or to travel to Thika in Kenya As pioneering settlers they built a Flame Trees of Epub #181 house of grass ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases Flame Trees of Thik. Great stuff Her memoir is from the early years of the Kenya colony her parents new farm was one of the first established in that area and the hinterlands were still pretty much as they were before the Europeans arrived As others have said the highlight of the book is the flavor of the East Africa of a century ago sights sounds smells animals people She was a wonderful writer Not to be missed if you are interested in East Africa or this era The cover photo on the 2000 Penguin reprint of the author her Mom and her pony around 1915 is a fine preview of her storyThis is very nice country indeed My parents lived in Kenya in the late 1970s Their house was at 7000 ft almost on the euator so a near perfect year round climate They had a view of Kilimanjaro from their front windows and of Mt Kenya from the back This was an old British agricultural research station You could see why the Brits didn t want to give up their colonyElspeth arrived in Kenya in late 1913 at age 6 12 She went back to England with her mother in I think 1915 or early 1916 after the beginning of WW1 She returned with her parents after the War and left Kenya for good in 1925 to go to college in England m pretty sure her memoirs are fictionalized to a degree I don t doubt she remembered the highlights and perhaps her parents andor neighbors kept diaries or journals but her account of eg her neighbor Lettice carrying on an affair with a gallant young colonial would have been beyond the comprehension of a 7 year old girl I think She did become a well regarded novelistI read the book in the late 1970s and it s stuck with me I m reading a battered library copy of the 1959 first American edition which arrived a few days before the libraries closed for the coronavirus emergency Thika is now an industrial town of about 280000 on the outskirts of Nairobi served by an 8 lane superhighway and the rest of the country has changed drastically too Fortunately Kenya has protected substantial areas of the country as National Parks and Preserves some of which I m familiar with from when my parents lived there I haven t been back though I ve long intended to

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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 lif. This is meant to be a memoir Unlike other memoirsdiariescorrespondence that some GR readers think are novels this one really is a novel presented as a memoir We are told it covers the years when she was aged five to eight How could a child as young as Elspeth supposedly is during the action hear those detailed adult conversations and remember them let alone comprehending what was going on It s excellently well written and one could argue that the author talked to people as an adult and reconstructed the scrappy memories of childhood from rumor and gossip and fact remembered by others But then we get the dream she relates in enormous detail only to state in the very next sentence My dreams were always jumbled and the next morning I could only remember bits of this one Yeahbits that form a detailed coherent for a dream whole Uh huhAnother thing that annoyed me was the repeated statement that the Masai and other African groups had no conception that an animal could feel pain This is surprising when you consider how important indeed basic cattle are to their entire culture But then both she and all the white adults around her simply assume that they are superior in every way to the people who have lived there since time was That s the reason I ve shelved it as social realism it really does reflect the attitudes of the European settlers invaders colonists of the timeMany years ago I picked up The Mottled Lizard in a second hand shop which covers her adolescent years At the time it made sense as for many people the adolescent memories are the most lasting coming as they do at an age when the youth feels their powers coming to them everything is immediate and makes a lasting impression Now I feel that Huxley who also wrote mystery novels simply wove a good story out of what memories she had Reading that volume I interpreted her constant criticisms of her parents as being the voice of that adolescent we ve all been which finds our parents every word and action embarassing beyond belief Putting this same patronising attitude in the mind and mouth of a small child who is supposedly sent miles on horseback to run errands for her parents as if she were a mini adult just makes the main character seem very mean spirited

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A Memories Kindle 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. In 1913 when the author was six years old she and her mother and father went to British East Africa BEA to start a coffee plantation This was nearly 100 years ago when that area was mostly unsettled Her father bought some property sight unseen in the middle of nowhere among the Kikuyu people This book was especially fascinating for me because everything was so incredibly different from modern times The story is very simply told from her very early memories although I suspect she must have consulted some diaries or letters her parents kept The book only covers about a two year period because World War I intervened and people went back to Europe to wait it out I did not want this story to end As I got to the last few pages I found myself longing for a seuel and I was happy to discover that she did write one The Mottled Lizard