{Free} Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson


  • Hardcover
  • 55
  • Bill Bryson's African Diary
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 9780767915069

10 thoughts on “Bill Bryson's African Diary

  1. says:

    All the Bryson goodness you've come to know and love at half the caloriesActually 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 Bryson heads to Kenya to check out CARE International's charitable works Times are tough there Clean drinking water is at

  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 entire proceeds of the short book will go to help the kinds of people depicted inside it and itâ

  3. says:

    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 distri

  4. says:

    AgainI felt gypped by this Bryson bookThe title sounds excitingBill Bryson in the mysterious dark continentSurelythere must be humour and adve

  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 Unfortunately this sort of wasn't a Bill Bryson book It was a Bill Bryson journal entry It was only 49 pages and because it was d

  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 t

  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 the innovative channels to tap to bring in the much needed publicity I'm not going to be

  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 they fell into dis

  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 rev

  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

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Bill Bryson's African Diary

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

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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 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 entire proceeds of the short book will go to help the kinds of people depicted inside it and it s a wonderful read tooAs you would expect the horrors of the country s widespread poverty aren t ignored as Bryson visits Kibera a shanty town on the outskirts of Kenya s capital city Nairobi with a population of between 700000 and 1 million people The conditions are appalling and thousands are HIV positive and yet the place officially doesn t exist and is ignored by the Kenyan government He also visits a refugee camp where the people there are stuck in a bureaucratic limbo stateless just existing with little chance of a future But the book isn t all a sobering guilt trip as Bryson also takes in the wonders of the Kenyan National Museum which houses 500 of the roughly 5000 fossilized human bones in existence and Olorgasailie an area where early humans made tools for a million years There are also gently humorous passages in Bryson s inimitable style involving the dangerous and poorly maintained railways and the nightmare of flying in a light aircraft during a storm The most interesting and inspiring part was seeing a bank called Wedco give loans to develop small businesses helping give some of these people a shot at a real life that they wouldn t have without it And the small village of Ogongo Tir where CARE installed a new well for them but gave them responsibility over it underlining that while they need a hand to get the ball rolling the people there want to take control of their own destinies rather than depend forever on the West I hesitate to use the word but Bill Bryson s African Diary is entertaining as well as informative with Bryson serving as a genial conduit to learning about CARE International and its outstanding work in Kenya It s a uick read but a memorable and moving one with an excellent cause at its heart well worth picking up especially as the purchase price goes to help these people s lives become a little better

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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 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 on Goodreads fault Bryson for not covering enough ground but I disagree You don t need to read 300 pages to see the terrible conditions in which these people live EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES This short booklet is enough to make the point And if you read between the lines you will notice that Bryson runs us through a gamut of emotions ranging from humor before the journey to fear about the trip to disgust upon arrival to sympathy when connecting with the locals to enlightenment when he understands that the solution to the problems are within reach I checked out the Kindle edition from the Chicago Public Library at no charge so I am donating 10 to Careorg to cover the donation that would have gone to them with a bookstore purchase If you read my review and read a Kindle edition please do the same We CAN make a difference Thank you


About the Author: Bill Bryson

William McGuire Bill Bryson OBE FRS was born in Des Moines Iowa in 1951 He settled in England in 1977 and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years but they have now returned to live in the UKIn The Lost Continent Bil