Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Non-Fiction Reads: The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley


I recently read The Dorobo by Elspeth Huxley from Clive King’s compilation of Adventure Stories. The Dorobo, a chapter from her book titled The Flame Trees of Thika has been my first exposure to Huxley’s writings. This chapter is based on an incident of adventure set in former British East Africa (current-day Kenya). Elspeth Huxley spent her childhood there. The Flame Trees of Thika is a memoir of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people.

The descriptions from The Dorobo are amazing. These reveal a life that Huxley lived in sync with nature and the animal kingdom. Further there is something of the gusto and flavor in her story-telling.


(Article by Kabita Sonowal) 

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