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Bush and Boma Hardcover – 1959


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  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: J. Murray (1959)
  • ASIN: B0006D83KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,557,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2014
This book was first published in 1959, has 178 pages, in 3 PARTS, numerous line drawings by Beverley Cairns and 1 map of Tanganyika Territory. The book is dedicated to author's father. JOHN C CAIRNS (Bwana Okay) was born in GALT, Ontario, Canada in 1921. Both his parents were Scottish and had emigrated to Canada in 1913. After working in Bank for 2 years, he served for 4 years in Royal Canadian Air Force. After gaining his MA in English, he moved to Tanganyika for 6 years, as a District Officer, a rare Canadian in Colonial Service. He was married with 2 daughters.
The book starts at the District Office, KILWA MASOKO at the Tanganyika Coast, where the Africans are gathering with their disputes and complaints for John Cairns, who has been in the job for only 1 month. Other concerns were - a man-eater and cyclone damage. Cairns acts as a magistrate, prison officer, head of police, tax collector, issue of game licence, forestry permits and vermin destruction.
Cairns came to Tanganyika because he had travelled a lot and was not ready to settle in Canada. Twice monthly the coastal steamer 'MOMBASA' brings the mail, food and visitors. Some of the people could have travelled for 5 days through thick lion-haunted bush to the District Office. The prison was known as 'Kingi Georgi's Hotel'. The European loves the bush, but the African tries to flee it. In the bush, the clock does not matter anymore. The life can be quiet, lonely but simple and isolating. But there was always safari, swimming, sailing and reading.
During the famine, food distribution caused a lot of problems. Then in March 1953, Cairns is transferred by the 'Serekali', so they sail south on the 'Mombasa' to MIKINDANI, an old Arab type coastal town. They move in to the old large German house.
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