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On the edge of the rift: Memories of Kenya (original 1962; edition 1962)

by Elspeth Joscelin Grant Huxley

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"In this sequel to The Flame of Thika, Elspeth Huxley takes up her story after the family returns to Kenya after the First World War. Her family and friends, their home and their travels, the glorious wildlife and scenery, described in rich and loving detail, all spring to life in this enchanting book. 'She knows East Africa and she loves it. . . with a critical and understanding sympathy. ' The Times 'What a marvellous writer. . . and what a Kenya it was. ' Financial Times"… (more)
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Title:On the edge of the rift: Memories of Kenya
Authors:Elspeth Joscelin Grant Huxley
Info:Morrow (1962), Unknown Binding, 409 pages
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Kenyha
  oirm42 | May 24, 2018 |
The second of Huxley's books that describes her childhood in Kenya. It is a classic of Kenyan literature, with Huxley's trademark not-quite-innocent narrator and her never-equaled descriptions not only of the how Kenya looks but how it sounds, smells and feels. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Read during Fall 2001

A continuation of the memoir that started with The Flame Trees of Thika from Elspeth's return to Kenya following World War I until she left, very unwillingly, to continue her education in England, as her parents wished. It's series of memories, the descriptions of the Europeans and Africans, and the wildlife are very evocative. Reflective, though it doesn't always seem she is a teenager, except for her sweetly understated crush on the son of a neighbor.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
continuing memoir of her love affair with africa, she makes all the discomforts seem small compared to the joys. ( )
  mahallett | Jan 16, 2011 |
I pulled this from a "First sentence" Bookcrossing.com virtual book box. The sentence that caught my fancy was, "Just before she sailed, Tilly got a telegram from Robin saying; 'Please bring shaving brush and windmill.'" This combination of the prosaic and exotic carried through in this story about a place and time gone by. Huxley continues her memoirs started in The Flame Trees of Thika when her family returns to their Kenyan farm after WWI.

Huxley takes the reader on a delightful journey as her family struggles to make the farm profitable, deals with native workers, and socializes with the other white elite; always with an eye to moving on to less settled land or the next ground floor deal in minerals, marmalade, or maize. The author gets her start in writing as a young teen by anonymously submitting polo match coverage to the local newspaper and using the money to buy books on poetry and magic tricks. Funny, poignant, insightful - the reader is swept up in the majesty and beauty of the land and animals, the prevailing attitudes of the white colonists, and the coming of age of a young girl in a wild land. This was a delightful read. ( )
  MarysGirl | Jul 27, 2010 |
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