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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Corgi Audio; Abridged edition edition (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552151483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552151481
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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"Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers in the business." -- "The Globe and Mail"
"Bryson has become an enormously popular travel writer by coming off as the most literate tour guide you've ever had." -- "The New York Times"
"Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can't help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind." -- "Ottawa Citizen"
"Bryson is first and foremost a storyteller -- and a supremely comic and original one at that." -- "Winnipeg Free Press"

Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers in the business. -- The Globe and Mail
Bryson has become an enormously popular travel writer by coming off as the most literate tour guide you ve ever had. -- The New York Times
Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can t help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind. -- Ottawa Citizen
Bryson is first and foremost a storyteller -- and a supremely comic and original one at that. -- Winnipeg Free Press" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bryson travels to Kenya in support of CARE International and brings his inimitable humorous and humane view to Africa.

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...but it has to be said is decidedly brief. Can't grumble as I didn't read the product details, but better not to be surprised.
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Typical Bill Bryson - really good read.
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a rely good tape for the car
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I misread the titles, very short
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Bill Bryson is the funniest travel writer working today, I believe, and even when he takes on what is an unpleasant task - visiting one of the most depressed areas of the world in order to raise funds for CARE, he does it in a hilarious way.

In this short little book, Bryson not only shares with us his (by turns) funny and heartbreaking journey, we also get to meet some amazing people. The lady who works twelve-hour days in order to get a profit of some $7 or $8 - the farmer who has made a fantastic farm and is very proud of it - the villagers who come out to welcome the visitors with open arms because of a well that was built, eliminating the need for the women of the village to make a seven-hour roundtrip journey to the nearest water source. This is what it's all about - this is the magical work that CARE does with the funds that are donated.

Bryson is his usual, witty self, freely confessing that the homework he did in preparing for his trip was watching Out of Africa numerous times, and he thought that he was going to be on an estate being served coffee for most of the trip. The reality was somewhat different, but still far afield from what he expected. That I not only laughed out loud but insisted on reading choice bits aloud to my husband is a testament to the talent and humor that Bryson brings to everything he does.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being an absolute avid fan of Bill Bryson's work I eagerly awaited this little bookette to give me a good top up of Bryson's humour and observation before his next 'proper' book is released next summer.
African Diary did not disappoint. Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, a charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty. All royalities and profits from the book are donated to the charity.
Despite being only 63 pages (I say despite as I just love his work) the book uses Bryson's humour as well as his power as a writer to bring to the attention of the reader the poverty and hardship faced in places like the slums of Nairobi and Mombasa and the incredible strength, optimism and persistence of those who live there. Bryson does not make you 'pitty' the people, more give you a sense that they just want a chance - the ability to look after themselves, support their families and get a good education. Something we in the Western World take for granted.
It is an eye-opener with coloured photography illustrating places along Bryson's Journey.
If you love Bryson, then buy the book. If you support charities and feel you want to help, then buy the book purely as a donation to CARE.
I remember Bryson saying in an interview he only had 2 weeks in which to write this book and my only criticism is that is it relatively short. Just as you get into the book and the feel of his writing, it ends. I'm sure there is the potential to turn African Diary into a full-length book, but then then impact on price/publishing cost etc. would probably do the charity a dis-service.
Bill Bryson is simply the best in his field :)
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When I unpacked my order, my first impression was to feel cheated by how slender it was. That feeling vanished somewhere around the middle of page 2; and I didn't put it down until I reached the end.
This book is a wonderful, funny, moving account of 8 days Bill Bryson spent in Kenya at the invitation of the charity CARE. He recounts, with his usual brand of humour visits to slums, village pumps and refugee camps. Bill doesn't hide the fact that he was clearly affected by some of the things he saw.
If you like Bill Bryson, don't be put off by the size. Buy a copy.
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I was amazed by the quality of this work - initially disappointed by its size, I read it nevertheless and was soon in fits of laughter. It is unbelievable how an author manages to pack such a dense number of insights into such a compact work. A thoroughly good read - highly recommended.
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