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5.0 out of 5 stars African Journey
A lovely book chronicling the life of a remarkable woman in a world that no longer exists. Gripping stuff, all the more powerful as it is basically non-fiction.
Published on 19 Nov 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed memoirs
This book was recommended to me by a fellow old African hand and I was therefore somewhat surprised that I found it so disappointing. The book is not an autobiography rather it appears to be a selection of reminisces that someone had recorded and put into book form, with little attention given to editing or checking the facts. Accordingly the book is very disjointed,...
Published on 1 Oct 2008 by H. Rogers


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2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed memoirs, 1 Oct 2008
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This book was recommended to me by a fellow old African hand and I was therefore somewhat surprised that I found it so disappointing. The book is not an autobiography rather it appears to be a selection of reminisces that someone had recorded and put into book form, with little attention given to editing or checking the facts. Accordingly the book is very disjointed, jumping from one period to another, relatives are introduced with background information only surfacing in later chapters and there are several errors - the most glaring of which is two references to King cobras in East Africa (King Cobras are found in Asia, and the indian subcontinent, not africa)- in other words the book is really a summary of the type of stories you might hear from an elderly aunt over tea on a rainy afternoon. An efficient editor with a knowledge of Africa could have improved the book somewhat. However, there really isn't enough material here to make it an interesting book - a sunday magazine article would have been more appropriate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars African Journey, 19 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Leaves from the Fig Tree (Paperback)
A lovely book chronicling the life of a remarkable woman in a world that no longer exists. Gripping stuff, all the more powerful as it is basically non-fiction.
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