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Wet breams by Bill Taylor
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Wet breams

by Bill Taylor

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up with the wilds of Africa in your back yard?

Bill Taylor, the author of Wet Breams, was raised in East Africa. Although he was the son of a Seventh Day Adventist missionary doctor and was sent away to England, South Africa, France, and the United States for most of his formal education, he was allowed to run wild in the bush around his boyhood home. Wet Breams is an anecdotal collection of memoirs about his unusual life.

Most of the stories are uproariously funny. They entertain like tall tales, but in Taylor's case, the stories are (mostly, I suspect) true. Take for example the time as a teenager when he managed to live for three months within a herd of elephants. In order to be accepted by the herd, he first had to take off all his clothes and cover himself in elephant dung. In this state, he then had to hang out around the edge of the herd for over three days before the elephants would allow him to walk among them.

The book is in its third printing in Zimbabwe, and has become a best seller of sorts. In Zimbabwe, they refer to him Buffalo Bill and treat him as their very own James Herriot.

William Holmes Taylor holds a degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. The African bush is his passion and the place where he spends most of his time and energy. Dentistry is merely one of his on-again-off-again hobbies, a labor of necessity, not a labor of love. ( )
  msbaba | Mar 29, 2007 |
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