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on 26 March 2013
First, a warning. There was not a kindle version at the time I ordered this book and I was dismayed at the tiny print of the paperback.
I loved the rich descriptions right down to the minutae of Botswana, the country, the people, the unconventional parents living on the fringe, the endless anecdotes, etc.
While some of it is described through the innocent eyes of a child, much of it is loaded with serious and factual detail that, intelligent as Robyn is, does not resonate with what she must have seen and experienced as a child at the time. Nothing necessarily wrong with that - just the style of the author.
One thing I felt was lost amid the detail was Robyn's real underlying emotions. For example, every last detail of the dry hot dust of Botswana is factually portrayed but for a child transplanted from a verdant temperate land I never really got a feel of the emotional impact of this. Similarly, when transplanting to boarding school it was pretty much matter of fact.
Maybe the emotion was there and I missed it, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyment of this amazing alternative childhood story and the education it provided on a fascinating country.