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“There are no problems in Africa. Problems have solutions, and the enigmas of human behaviour can never be solved.”
- Elspeth Huxley in 'Four Guineas'

This is an auction for NINE FACES OF KENYA: A JOURNEY THROUGH WEST AFRICA by Elspeth Huxley.

Amazon.com reviews:

"This account of Elspeth Huxley's travels in Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast and Nigeria gilds the Dark Continent--not because the author romanticizes it, but because she clarifies it: its history, superstitions and tribal ways, its beauty and power, its great contrasts and complexities. But this is no postcard and Huxley is not diverted by the exotic scenery and colorful natives. Instead, she pictures a region striving to maintain its heritage while finding a future. It's like going ahead with one foot on the brake."

"Elspeth Huxley is a white Kenyan who is a masterful writer and writes with a deep love of Africa. Her observations of West Africa shortly before independence clearly show some of the economic and political tensions that would lead to serious problems in the region through much of the second half of the twentieth century."

"An odd one this. Written in 1954 it transgresses so many later taboos . But its frank honesty lends weight to Elspeth Huxly's observations. I recommend this one, it has something to add."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elspeth Huxley was born in 1907 and first went to Africa in 1913. The story of her childhood years, memorably dramatized for television in 1982, was told in The Flame Trees of Thika (1959) and its sequel, The Mottled Lizard (1962). She returned to England in 1925 and studied agriculture at Reading University and Cornell.

Hardback 1955.

320 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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