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A Guide to the Birds of East Africa (2008)

by Nicholas Drayson, Nicholas Drayson

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    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (bookwoman247)
    bookwoman247: Both books have a similar, lighthearted tone, and of course, they have the African setting in common.
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    The Conjuror's Bird by Martin Davies (bergs47)
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Read this book on a journey through Kenya. Great travel read. ( )
  Steffsobel | Dec 21, 2014 |
Ach, war das eine schöne Lektüre! Ein Hauptdarsteller, der zwar etwas lethargisch daherkommt, aber nichtsdestotrotz so symphatisch ist, dass er kaum von dieser Welt sein kann. Ein Wettstreit, der trotz des eher friedlichen Inhalts um Leben und Tod geht. Eine überwältigende Beschreibung der Vogelwelt Kenias, sodass es einem gerade zu in den Fingern juckt, sich das alles selber anzuschauen. Undundund - eine Geschichte, die einfach rundum glückselig und zufrieden macht :-)
Herr Malik, die Hauptperson dieses Romans, ist seit Jahren in Rose, die Leiterin der örtlichen Gruppe Nairobis der Vogelbeobachter verliebt. Gerade als er seine Schüchternheit überwindet und sie zum jährlichen Nairobi Hunt Ball einladen will, taucht ein Widersacher auf: Harry Khan, ein gutaussehender Lebemensch, kommt auf die gleiche Idee. Doch um Rose die Peinlichkeit zu ersparen, einen der Herren zu enttäuschen, wird ein Wettbewerb veranstaltet. Wer in einer Woche die meisten Vögel entdeckt, darf Rose zum Ball einladen. So harmlos es klingt, so gefährlichlich entwickelt sich das Ganze. Und ganz nebenbei wird einem die unglaubliche Vielfalt der Vogelarten Kenias vor Augen geführt nebst einer Vielzahl weiterer liebenswürdiger Mitwirkenden.
Dies mag sich - nun ja, nicht gerade nach einer wirklich fesselnden Geschichte anhören. Doch der Autor bringt noch eine Reihe von Nebenhandlungen mit ein, sodass man immer weiter, weiter, weiterlesen will. Und so geht es noch um Politik, Zivilcourage, Mitmenschlichkeit, Barmherzigkeit und einiges mehr.
Ein richtig schönes Leseerlebnis wie ein wunderbar lauer Sommerabend ;-) zu dem Nicholas Draysons Stil sicherlich dazu beiträgt. Etwas betulich, vielleicht auch altmodisch, aber voller Zuneigung und Wärme für seine DarstellerInnen incl. der Vögel und Kenia selbst. Einfach schön! ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
I had pretty low expectations but this was a very pleasing and entertaining read. Short, quick, and interesting. I would take this book with a grain of salt but the international characters and setting (Nairobi) made the book interesting, and the birds were a nice touch. Always reassuring to read a newer book that is about a relatively simple subject. I really appreciated that this book was not over-the-top or dramatic. ( )
  GraceZ | Sep 6, 2014 |
Identified a Love Bird within an amusing, adventuresome, informative love story ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Identified a Love Bird within an amusing, adventuresome, informative love story ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
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'Ah yes,' said Rose Mbikwa, looking up at the large dark bird with elegant tail soaring high above the car park of the Nairobi Museum, 'a black kite. Which is of course, not black but brown.'
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counting Kenyan birds 
hopes to beat flashy Khan and
waltz with lovely Rose                           [yalliejane]

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547152582, Hardcover)

A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies Detective series does for Botswana

For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Reserved and honorable, Malik wouldn't be noticed by a bystander in a Nairobi street—except perhaps to comment on his carefully sculpted combover. But beneath that unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion.

But just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), who should pop up but his nemesis from his school days. The jokester Harry Khan, good-looking in a flashy way and quick of foot, has also become enraptured with the object of Malik’s affection.
So begins the competition cooked up by fellow members of the Asadi club: whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week’s time gets the privilege of asking Ms. Mbikwa to the ball.
Set against the lush Kenyan landscape rich with wildlife and political intrigue, this irresistible novel has been sold in eight countries and is winning fans worldwide.

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Working up the nerve to invite Rose Mbikwa, the woman he has secretly loved for three years, to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball, Mr. Malik, a reserved, honorable widower, is suddenly confronted by the return of his school nemesis, the flashy Harry Kahn, who also sets his sights on Rose, and embarks on a bird identification competition for the prize of Rose's company at the ball.… (more)

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