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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (November 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907756590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907756597
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,816,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in the middle of the 1940ies and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden,
in a very international atmosphere, something that already at an early stage awoke my interest in the world.
After finishing my language studies at the Stockholm University I started to
work in the travel trade in the middle of the 1970ies. The travel industry was an obvious choice as it was well in line with my inclination for exploring other cultures and languages.
During the 80ies, I changed profession. I started my own company and successfully worked as a computer consultant, still with focus on the travel trade.

Life, however, left a lot to be desired and after some years as a consultant, my husband and I decided to drastically exchange our comfortable suburban life for a clay hut on a Kenyan maize field. In our blue-eyed search for Paradise we, however, ran into trouble so after some turbulent years in the Kenyan countryside we had to return to Sweden. I am now living in a small town south of Stockholm, dedicating my time to my husband - who had a stroke in 2007 -, our lovely golden retriever Dino, my writing and our summer cottage.

My first book, Blue-eyed in Luhya-land, tells the true story of how my husband and I decided to emigrate in order to build up a completely new way of life. We wanted to live a simple life, closer to nature, and our intentions were to help others. It turned out that we had been very naive or blue-eyed when wanting to realize this dream of ours. Also in our Paradise, there were evil snakes!
"Blue-eyed in Luhya-land" is also available in Polish and of course also in Swedish.

I just started on my second book - with the working name "With a Stiff Upper Lip" but I estimate that it will take at least a year before it is finished.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this book tremendously.
Christian H. Gortz
Most of the chapters seem to have been taken from the authors diary but not pulled together into a cohesive story.
Donna
The book starts well and sucks you in a bit.
Caitlyn

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Ashdown on June 2, 2010
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This is that rare thing an original, authentic and unvarnished view of Africa as told by an unbiased, idealistic yet pragmatic witness. This is a highly individual and admittedly European perspective but it may be more useful to establish here what it is not. It is not a travelogue, a sentimental sightseeing safari; it is not sensationalist journalism; nor is it a political manifesto with the familiar pre-packed conclusions; not an 'I was there' self-congratulatory and self-important tale of heroism, not another empty instalment of the New Age agenda. Rather, it is a factual, human (originally diarised) account of a remarkable and ultimately tragic adventure which took place in the unfamiliar, remote region of Western Kenya, deep in the emerald green forest on the slopes of Mount Elgon and close to Lake Victoria. Here, in the most densely populated yet least known, least 'developed' part of Kenya, there existed (still exists) a world remarkably untouched by western influence. This provides the backdrop to the couple's valiant efforts to establish a livelihood - through farming, then building and running a hotel (with a bit of gold-panning thrown in for fun) and finally pioneering a new form of enterprise in the form of mushroom cultivation. The scenes towards the end of the book (glimpsed in the opening chapter), of the couple literally fleeing the threat of mob violence, is as gripping as any fiction, with all the vividness and stark brutality we associate with the worst side of Africa, all the more powerful for its gradual build up through the story and, of course, its utter veracity.

This is a good antidote for the all too numerous superficial, lightweight and stereotypical pot-boilers coming off the press and jumping into airport terminal bookstalls (where they belong). Beautifully written, keenly observed and with a true sense of narrative, I found it hard to put down once caught up in the unerringly convincing and intensely human story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Erik on April 8, 2010
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Blue-eyed in Luhya-land is a non-fiction adventure story, which I recommend to every adventure-loving person having a dream of exchanging his/her sheltered and comfortable life for a new one in a developing country.

A middle-aged Swedish couple moves to Africa in full assurance that the public law of their new country, like it has been in Sweden, will guarantee them protection and freedom of action. But as they are trying to build a new and better life, they find that they can not trust anyone or anything. Their dreams fall apart in a harsh reality where no laws are carried out in a correct way and where bribery is expected if you want to start any project, even if it is for the benefit of the suffering locals. Their life turns out a real roller-coaster ride; from one moment to the next they never know what will happen.

In their rural village, near the rainforest, corruption is regarded as normal; death is hiding behind the corner; your best friends steal your belongings but still expect to be regarded as friends. It is impossible to communicate because words do not mean the same thing for you as for them. The couple's dreams about helping others are gradually destroyed as they, the hard way, find out that tribal traditions and loyalty, witchcraft and violence are stronger than their wish to succeed. The couple and their belongings seem to be fair game for everyone. And they can not expect any help from the authorities either... Will the blue-eyed couple succeed or will they be defeated by local traditions, witchcraft and violence?

This book, in certain aspects, reminds me of another book that I liked very much as a child: Alice in Wonderland.
Erik
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thymegarden on March 27, 2012
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Enjoyed this book. During parts of it I could feel myself getting discouraged along with the author because of all the mishaps they faced. However, if you have been to Africa, that is the general way things run - TIA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Trowbridge on January 21, 2011
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I'm in the safari business, so I have been to Kenya many times and made many friends in Kenya. I love that country very much. The people are so genuinely friendly and accommodating. However, I've never lived in Kenya, I always wanted to, but .... Anyway, it was with great anticipation that I embarked on reading this book, in my native Swedish. What an eye-opener! Wow! This very brave couple gave up all their comforts, everything they were accustomed to in their Swedish socialistic society and moved to Kenya where you are on your own to fend for yourself as they quickly found out. The laws of Kenya are not there to protect you, as they so naively thought, but to be used by those in power. I give this book three thumbs up for suspense and adventure with some very powerful witchcraft thrown in. A very different book from your regular safari journal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on January 4, 2014
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Interesting book. It gave a normally unseen view of Kenya, at least for people that do not have much knowledge of the country. I think I'll stay away from there!
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A personal journal of a Swedish woman who makes a go of it with her husband in rural Kenya. Sorely in need of an editor, and a context. It becomes tiresome to continually read "Why? Why? Why?" without any perspective. Post colonial dream of setting up a new life in Africa -- if only the Africans would oblige...
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By Harry Carlse on June 1, 2014
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The reality of Africa and the local inhabitants is a far cry from western perception....indeed their experience was an eye opener.
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