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My Kenya Days [Paperback]

Wilfred Thesiger
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24 April 1995
Following on from the author's autobiography, "The Life of My Choice", this book provides a record of Thesiger's 30 years in Kenya. Since his first visit to Kenya in 1960, Thesiger has made a series of long journeys on foot with camels to Lake Turkana, Marsabit and other remote areas. Drawn by the lure of what was formerly Kenya's Nothern Frontier District, with its varied wildlife and distinctive nomadic tribes, Thesiger spent many years as an Honorary Game Warden leading anti-poaching patrols. He describes Kenya's northern tribes - Rendille warriors dancing by moolight, Turkana in pursuit of buffalo and an account of Samburu moran during their initiation ceremonies.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (24 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006383920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006383925
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilfred Thesiger is one of this century’s greatest travellers and explorers. His books 'Arabian Sands' and 'The Marsh Arabs' have been hailed as classics of modern travel writing. This latest work, which follows on from his bestselling autobiography, 'The Life of My Choice', provides a compelling record of Thesiger’s thirty years in Kenya.

Lavishly illustrated by his magnificent photographs, this book contains superb evocations of Kenya’s vanishing tribal heritage, of the dramatic landscapes of Thesiger’s Kenya journeys, and intimately portrays his Samburu companions and surroundings at Maralal, where he has made his home.

“In 'My Kenya Days' admirers of Thesiger will find something quite new and rather startling”
ROGER CLARK, 'Daily Telegraph'

“A touching, elegiac book”

“Absorbing reading … One really can taste, smell and see the living Africa”

“More than a sum of its parts: it reads as a threnody for a world we have lost and which will never be recreated”
ANTHONY DANIELS, 'Sunday Telegraph'

“A book worth pondering deeply”
FRANK MCLYNN, 'Guardian'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocation of a time sadly past 21 Mar 2013
By FriskyG
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To read how "at anytime, you half-expected to walk into an elephant or a rhino" in a country which "appeared to be stiff with rhino" is to be drawn into a first-hand account of an idyl which has been so recently lost to poachers.
He speaks so passionately about the beauty and dignity of the indigenous tribes in an ear before they have been exposed to European forces.
The treks which he recounts in such matter-of-fact terms would make many modern "explorers" run for the comforts of home.

We are all fotunate that Thesiger had the ability to write so eloquently about his many travels and his life. I would urge everyone to read this or any of his other books. Perhaps then, those who moan about not having particular material goods will appreciate just how lucky they are to have any.
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I have just been offered a posting to Kenya with the VSO ... to teach in a small town called Maralal. I couldn't believe it when I found a book written by someone who lives there, plus pictures. The book is great with a lot of insightful information and the photos are fabulous.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 11 Nov 2000
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I waited a long time to read this book, therefore I was very disappointed with the outcome. Pages of name dropping and casual references to animals and tribes. There was no meat or thread of interest to carry the reader through this literal journey. Compared to his other books this was a bomb.
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