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Inspiring yet tragic
on 2 January 2013
This is the second of Kuki Gallman's books I read, and though it isn't quite as good as the first (I Dreamed of Africa), it's definitely one of the better accounts of what life is like for a European living in East Africa. If you were under any illusion that life in Kenya is an endless parade of safaris, settler parties and cocktails you are sorely mistaken. The reality is quite different: Kenya, even without considering its politics, is a tough country and not made easier by the fact that Kuki lost both her husband and her son to accidents - her husband in a road accident and her son by a snake bite. Many are the friends who are lost to plane crashes, car accidents, diving accidents and animal attacks - it's clearly not just a charmed existence living, and making a living, in Kenya.
The book is set out in several short essays all telling their own story or their own fascinating event in Kuki Gallman's life - definitely better to start by reading I Dreamed of Africa and then move on to African Nights, but definitely worth a read in any case.