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The Flame Trees of Thika

Memories of An African Childhood
Huxley, Elspeth, 1907-1997 (Book - 2000 )
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Penguin Putnam

In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African. With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor, Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful. For a young girl, it was a time of adventure and freedom, and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life.



Authors: Huxley, Elspeth, 1907-1997
Statement of Responsibility: Elspeth Huxley
Title: The flame trees of Thika
memories of an African childhood
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject Headings: Huxley, Elspeth, 1907-1997. Childhood and youth Authors, English 20th century Biography Kenya Social life and customs 1895-1963 Country life Kenya History 20th century British Kenya History 20th century
Topical Term: Authors, English
Country life
British
LCCN: 99047965
ISBN: 0141183780
9780141183787
Branch Call Number: 916.762 H
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Aug 08, 2010
  • pokano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Before there was Hayley Mills, there really was a little girl who lived under the flame trees of Thika. Elspeth Huxley brings her childhood in Africa to life in this memoir.

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