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Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's African Diary (2002)

by Bill Bryson

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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 odd that it was in the library in the first place as it is not for profit and all the proceeds go to CARE...surely having a copy in the library defeats this purpose?....anyway...

Content wise, it was okay but limited. The descriptions of the slums and various people Bryson met were interesting but there was not enough proper detail due to the limited writings. He also describes other experiences at length; e.g taking a trip on a light aircraft. I found his descriptions of these experiences over dramatised...frequently referring to the likelihood of death etc.....

There was the odd swearword but for a non-Christian book it wasn't too bad. I found myself wondering what the purpose really was in writing this book. It reminded me again of the tragedy of offering help without hope. The author wonders what else can be done for these people, many of whom are refugees and he comments that they have no hope for the future. He doesn't realise the significance of his observations, but reading that as a Christian, his words jumped off the page....There can be no future hope without the saving message of Jesus and freedom from sin!


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  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
Sat and read this book in about half an hour found it very informative and interesting even though it was written some years ago. Quite humourous in places too.

Overall a good read. My partner enjoyed it too. ( )
  Nataliec7 | May 15, 2016 |
As usual Bryson is in his element in this short but sweetly rendered piece on his 8 day trip to Kenya on behalf of CARE.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
As usual Bryson is in his element in this short but sweetly rendered piece on his 8 day trip to Kenya on behalf of CARE.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
A fundraiser for CARE. An easy though difficult read reminding us of the poverty and need in Africa. ( )
  mamabear54 | Jul 4, 2015 |
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“Here is a man who suffers so his readers can laugh.” — Daily Telegraph

Bill Bryson travels to Kenya in support of CARE International. All royalties and profits go to CARE International.

Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects and large predators. It is also a country with many serious problems: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. The resultant diary, though short in length, contains the trademark Bryson stamp of wry observation and curious insight.

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Bill Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, a charity which works with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. Travelling around the country, Bryson casts his eye on a continent new to him, and writes a diary with wry observation and curious insight.… (more)

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