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Nal Museum Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley; undergoes the rigors of a teeth rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight through a vicious storm; and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption. This is a pretty short travelogue a week s diary written as part of an initiative from CARE to bring in visibility and focus to the enormous challenges being faced in Africa and the stellar work that CARE and similar organisations are doing Kudos to the thought behind this initiative inventive and world wise enough to know the innovative channels to tap to bring in the much needed publicity I m not going to be patting the backs of Bryson and the publishers too much because no profit doesn t mean that all costs were borne by themselves CARE would have still had to pay for all the expenses of the tour and the printing costs and the no profit tag is being applied only financiallyAbout the book itself it started off breezily in Bryson esue fashion and has enough Bryson isms thrown in in terms of facts numbers large picture observations that could be me thinking that thoughts and self effacing humour There is nothing of the touristy Kenya that I anticipated with the trip sticking to the various camps and places that CARE is working upon However just when I was settling in a bit the book ended leaving me to get off the table with just the appetizers servedSo don t expect Bryson writing about game drives in Masai Mara and watching flamingos in Lake Nakuru or the typical Bryson research into the fantastic work being carried out or any comprehensive write up about the history of the camps challenges and way forward The intent is purely to provide a glimpse at what CARE does without getting into much detailing and it sure does its job as it pushed me into doing a bit online reading about it Middle Class Problems the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in The City of London, Volume 2 transition He visits Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley; undergoes How We Lived Then the rigors of a Top Tips for Fussy Eaters teeth rattling Winnie Davis train journey The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded through a vicious storm; and visits The Tower the refugee camps and The Seeds of Time the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption. 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In the early fall of 2002 famed travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about. All the Bryson goodness you ve come to know and love at half the caloriesActually it s like a 10th the size In fact the worst part about Bill Bryson s African Diary is its shortness This slim volume is about awareness and philanthropy rather than a literary or journalistic endeavor for its own sake Bryson heads to Kenya to check out CARE International s charitable works Times are tough there Clean drinking water is at a premium There s some slight heart string pulling but it s not Sally Struthers sappy Just the right amount of compassion Tidbits of Bryson s trademark humor are wedged in between the descriptions of the ravaged slums and gorgeous beaches His style and low key flair are present in small uantities This would be perfect for the Bryson noob who wanted to test the waters before diving into the deep end of his chunky books The Witchs Coven the early fall of 2002 famed Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed Great Famine to Kenya at The Color of Night the invitation of CARE International What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the charity dedicated Pulse (Frank Quinn, to working with local communities Obsession to eradicate poverty around The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from Simply Napkins television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of The Unconscious Civilization the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about. All The Complete Tightwad Gazette the Bryson goodness you ve come The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to know and love at half الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the caloriesActually it s like a 10th Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the size In fact The Strange Bird the worst part about Bill Bryson s African Diary is its shortness This slim volume is about awareness and philanthropy rather Collected Stories than a literary or journalistic endeavor for its own sake Bryson heads Collected Stories to Kenya Cleopatras Daughter to check out CARE International s charitable works Times are Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! tough Settlers there Clean drinking water is at a premium There s some slight heart string pulling but it s not Sally Struthers sappy Just Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the right amount of compassion Tidbits of Bryson s The Sphinx trademark humor are wedged in between Tidelands (Fairmile the descriptions of Pretty Lucy Merwyn the ravaged slums and gorgeous beaches His style and low key flair are present in small uantities This would be perfect for Strings the Bryson noob who wanted Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to Catch and Release test Devils Paw (Imp, the waters before diving into Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the deep end of his chunky books

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Tropical diseases insects and large predators But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi and this diary records Bill Bryson's impresssions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the Natio. AgainI felt gypped by this Bryson bookThe title sounds excitingBill Bryson in the mysterious dark continentSurelythere must be humour and adventure in such a settingSadlythat doesn t happenDon t expect safaris or sightings of big gameBryson is on a sponsored tour and so he has lent his name to this bookHe really shouldn t have written this oneThere is a certain uality and humourwhich I have come to expect from his travel booksThis is much too shortand lacking anything of interestHe did spend eight days in KenyaThat is sufficient time to be able to write somethingbut that doesn t happen The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية took over Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the second he deplaned in Nairobi and The Strange Bird this diary records Bill Bryson's impresssions of his Collected Stories trip with his inimitable Collected Stories trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From Cleopatras Daughter the wrenching poverty of Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the Kibera slum in Nairobi Settlers to Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the meticulously manicured grounds of The Sphinx the Karen Blixen house and Tidelands (Fairmile the human fossil riches of Pretty Lucy Merwyn the Natio. AgainI felt gypped by Strings this Bryson bookThe Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, title sounds excitingBill Bryson in Catch and Release the mysterious dark continentSurelythere must be humour and adventure in such a settingSadlythat doesn Devils Paw (Imp, t happenDon Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, t expect safaris or sightings of big gameBryson is on a sponsored All Tied Up tour and so he has lent his name The Film Snob*s Dictionary to In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie this bookHe really shouldn Tea Environments and Plantation Culture t have written 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains this oneThere is a certain uality and humourwhich I have come Survive by the Team to expect from his Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, travel booksThis is much Washington! (Wagons West, too shortand lacking anything of interestHe did spend eight days in KenyaThat is sufficient Tennessee! (Wagons West, time Celebration! (Wagons West, to be able Texas! (Wagons West, to write somethingbut I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery that doesn Revenge ni Miss Piggy t happen


10 thoughts on “Bill Bryson's African Diary

  1. says:

    All the Bryson goodness you've come to know and love at half the calories!Actually, it's like a 10th the size. In fact, the worst part about Bill Bryson's African Diary is its shortness. This slim volume is about awar

  2. says:

    In 2002, CARE International invited Bill Bryson on an eight day trip to tour its humanitarian work in Kenya with him writi

  3. says:

    CARE, an international aid agency headquartered in the UK, asked Bill Bryson to visit their Kenyan operation and write abo

  4. says:

    Again,I felt gypped by this Bryson book.The title sounds exciting,Bill Bryson in the mysterious dark continent.

  5. says:

    I feel like an asshole for not giving this stars. I am an enormous Bill Bryson fan I've read everything else he has published (with the exception of "Shakespeare: The World as Stage" which I'm starting tonight).

  6. says:

    This is not really a book. It is Bill Bryson's Diary about his 8 day trip to Kenya with CARE international. It's just 55 pages long. I got it from the library due to being interested in charity work. I found it od

  7. says:

    This is a pretty short travelogue (a week's diary) written as part of an initiative from CARE to bring in visibility and focus to the enormous challenges being faced in Africa, and the stellar work that CARE and similar organisations are doing. Kudos to the thought behind this initiative, inventive and world wise enough

  8. says:

    So disappointed in this. I could see it was likely to be a puff piece for the charity in return for the junket but expected it to be leavened with the customary Bryson humour. Much po faced and worthy than I thought, with all the aid recipient

  9. says:

    First of all, this is not a book. It's a diary. Bryson recounts his 8 days in Kenya with members of CARE International. And that's 7 days longer than I'd want to be there. What a dreadful place! Poverty, crime, hunger, lack of sanitation, no clean water, disease, corrupt government and a hostile climate. Some of the other reviewers

  10. says:

    Bryson wit coupled with a real message from Africa. My son is on an ROTC 3 month trip to Tanzania. He commented to me that at dinner last week, the power went out, and nobody in their 30 person group blinked an eye. No storm caused this. But being there for 2 months made them realize that electricity outage can happen any

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