Bill Bryson's African Diary

Bill Bryson's African Diary

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A travel writer with little background knowledge of Africa recounts his journey to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, where he visited slums, historic sites, natural wonders, refugee camps, and relief projects.

Blackwell North Amer
“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.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2002
Edition: 1st Broadway Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780767915069
Branch Call Number: 916.762 B848b
Characteristics: 49 p., [8] p. of col. plates : col. ill., map ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: CARE/International
Alternative Title: African diary


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Aug 17, 2017

A quick read. It is Bryson-lite. The catalyst for the book was to write about his travels in Africa and publish material where the proceeds would benefit CARE (an amazing organization). Great narration, a little less history than usual, but still a joy to read. Put it in a carry-on bag.

Nov 24, 2016

Extremely short; good natured man; more like a series of longish letters than a diary.

Dec 20, 2012

Somewhat disappointed. Still funny. But this is not really a book. A short magazine story prolonged. It isn't like any other Bill Bryson's books. Not enough research, purely an assignment. The aim is to promote CARE, an aid organization to alleviate world poverty, at least in Kenya.


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