The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Elspeth Huxley was born in 1907 and spent most of her childhood in Kenya. She wrote novels, detective fiction, biographies, and travel books. She died in 1997.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141183787
ISBN-10: 0141183780
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 1st, 2000
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin