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  1. says:

    All the Bryson goodness you've come to know and love at half the calories!Actually, it's like a 10th the size. In fact, the worst part about Bill Bryson's African Diary is its shortness. This slim volume is about awareness and philanthropy rather than a literary or journalistic endeavor for its own sake.

  2. says:

    In 2002, CARE International invited Bill Bryson on an eight day trip to tour its humanitarian work in Kenya with him writing it up into this, Bill Bryson’s African Diary (something of a misnomer as Bryson only visits Kenya). The ent

  3. says:

    CARE, an international aid agency headquartered in the UK, asked Bill Bryson to visit their Kenyan operation and write about it. Somewhere along the lines the idea changed to include publishing a "book" and using all profits as a donation to charity, with a small amount of the $12 cover price used for printing an

  4. says:

    Again,I felt gypped by this Bryson book.The title sounds exciting,Bill Bryson in the mysterious dark continent.Surely,there must be humour and adventure in such a setting.Sadly,that doesn't happen.Don't expect saf

  5. says:

    I feel like an asshole for not giving this stars. I am an enormous Bill Bryson fan I've read everything else he has published (with the exception of "Shakespeare: The World as Stage" which I'm starting tonight).

  6. says:

    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 CAREsurely having a copy in the library defeats this purpose?.anywayContent wise, it was okay but li

  7. says:

    This is a pretty short travelogue (a week's diary) written as part of an initiative from CARE to bring in visibility and focus to the enormous challenges being faced in Africa, and the stellar work that CARE and similar organisations are doing. Kudos to the thought behind this initiative, inventive and world wise enough to know t

  8. says:

    So disappointed in this. I could see it was likely to be a puff piece for the charity in return for the junket but expected it to be leavened with the customary Bryson humour. Much po faced and worthy than I thought, with all the aid recipients 'saintly' and 'deserving' and inspirational. Also hampered with first world guilt and the western tendency to take responsibility for everyone else. Oh, we built them wells but th

  9. says:

    First of all, this is not a book. It's a diary. Bryson recounts his 8 days in Kenya with members of CARE International. And that's 7 days longer than I'd want to be there. What a dreadful place! Poverty, crime, hunger, lack of sanitation, no clean water, disease, corrupt government and a hostile climate. Some of the other reviewers

  10. says:

    Bryson wit coupled with a real message from Africa. My son is on an ROTC 3 month trip to Tanzania. He commented to me that at dinner last week, the power went out, and nobody in their 30 person group blinked an ey

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Nal Museum Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley; undergoes the rigors of a teeth rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight through a vicious storm; and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption. This is a pretty short travelogue a week s diary written as part of an initiative from CARE to bring in visibility and focus to the enormous challenges being faced in Africa and the stellar work that CARE and similar organisations are doing Kudos to the thought behind this initiative inventive and world wise enough to know the innovative channels to tap to bring in the much needed publicity I m not going to be patting the backs of Bryson and the publishers too much because no profit doesn t mean that all costs were borne by themselves CARE would have still had to pay for all the expenses of the tour and the printing costs and the no profit tag is being applied only financiallyAbout the book itself it started off breezily in Bryson esue fashion and has enough Bryson isms thrown in in terms of facts numbers large picture observations that could be me thinking that thoughts and self effacing humour There is nothing of the touristy Kenya that I anticipated with the trip sticking to the various camps and places that CARE is working upon However just when I was settling in a bit the book ended leaving me to get off the table with just the appetizers servedSo don t expect Bryson writing about game drives in Masai Mara and watching flamingos in Lake Nakuru or the typical Bryson research into the fantastic work being carried out or any comprehensive write up about the history of the camps challenges and way forward The intent is purely to provide a glimpse at what CARE does without getting into much detailing and it sure does its job as it pushed me into doing a bit online reading about it

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In the early fall of 2002 famed travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about. CARE an international aid agency headuartered in the UK asked Bill Bryson to visit their Kenyan operation and write about it Somewhere along the lines the idea changed to include publishing a book and using all profits as a donation to charity with a small amount of the 12 cover price used for printing and distribution costs Most of the participants were volunteering their timeSounds like a great idea right Except the book itself is disappointing It s a novelette It s 40 pages in an undersized book with big margins About 90% of the content is him worrying about dying in the trains planes and automobiles that might crash along his journey Only about 10% covered actual Kenyan life and country Almost no history was included in complete contrast to the book I read prior In a Sunburned Country It s not that it s badly written but it could have been so much better He visits a refugee camp and barely talks about it for a paragraph while devoting three pages to the airplane flight back He visits a micro lending organization and spends a sentence talking about his interaction with the borrowers Ironically he praises a local Kenyan farmer growing non indigenous crops the same action he highly criticized in In a Sunburned Country for damaging the Australian outbackThis was a great idea under executed And it s a shame because I think had it been done right say trade the hard cover for an additional 40 50 pages of content and this would have been great Having a better story would have sold books making even money for the charity I ll give him a C for Charity but a D for leaving the real story out of the book Bill short changed himself Kenya and CARE by pulling his punches in the name of charity

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Tropical diseases insects and large predators But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi and this diary records Bill Bryson's impresssions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the Natio. AgainI felt gypped by this Bryson bookThe title sounds excitingBill Bryson in the mysterious dark continentSurelythere must be humour and adventure in such a settingSadlythat doesn t happenDon t expect safaris or sightings of big gameBryson is on a sponsored tour and so he has lent his name to this bookHe really shouldn t have written this oneThere is a certain uality and humourwhich I have come to expect from his travel booksThis is much too shortand lacking anything of interestHe did spend eight days in KenyaThat is sufficient time to be able to write somethingbut that doesn t happen