- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Vintge Books ed. edition (February 12, 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394702107
- ISBN-13: 978-0394702100
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Facing Mount Kenya' is a central document of the highest distinction in anthropological literature, an invaluable key to the structure of African society and the nature of the African mind. 'Facing Mount Kenya' is not only a formal study of life and death, work and play, sex and the family in one of the greatest tribes of contemporary Africa, but a work of considerable literary merit. The very sight and sound of Kikuyu tribal life presented here are at once comprehensive and intimate, and as precise as they are compassionate.
About the Author
Jomo Kenyatta, the grandson of a Kikuyu medicine man, was among the foremost leaders of African nationalism. In the 1930s he studied at the London School of Economics and took his degree in anthropology under Bronislav Malinowski.
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Comparing their observations with their conclusions it seemed to me that they did not really understand the natives. It took me awhile to find this book, but it is the definitive answer to my question; they dang sure didn't understand the natives.
With all the world's problems today with "Tribes" all over the world I think this is a great place to start understanding what is meant by the word "Tribe." To many westerners, European or American it implies "Savage or unsophisticated" but this book will show you they are far more sophisticated than one might think.
It is not a "page turner" by any means, but its not a Text Book either. It's well written and a wonderful read. Specific issues you will understand a great deal more after this book is female circumcision, and why Christianity's objection to polygamy pushes them toward the Muslim faith. This book was written in 1938. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see that pointed out anywhere. So for perspective the Mau Mau uprising was roughly '52-'58 and the author became the first President of Kenya in '63.
I read Martin Meredith's "The Fate of Africa" a few years ago and I'm actually thinking about re-reading it with a new perspective. Speaking of tough reads, that one is tough.