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Tick Bite Fever Paperback – September 28, 2004
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The first part I did find amusing. David was the kid from hell, always getting into trouble. The family's camping trips were also a good read, and I loved his doctor father's enthusiasm for playing around with old vehicles and his ability to get the family out of some of the predicaments into which he got them.
However, I felt that the tone of the book changed dramatically after the divorce of his parents, and from then on it rather lost its zing and the writing became less witty and less interesting. There are still occasional sparks of humour and a wry look at life in East Africa, but I found it finished on a flat note and was not as funny as I had expected it to be.
Speak Swahili Dammit, by James Penhaligon is in my opinion a far better book about an East African childhood.
He didn't stay long in Zambia but his reminiscences of Kenya still resonated for me and I found it a good read, highly entertaining and evocative. His sense of humor made the book all the more enjoyable and on several occasions caused me to laugh out loud, which is not something I do all that often when reading.
On the other hand, at times his frequent resort to hyperbole fell flat and was over-stretched: "... khaki-clad figures sneaking out of the school gate at a rate to rival Albanian asylum seekers making a dash for the Chunnel," being one example.
He also at times became somewhat bogged down in cataloguing every last detail of events that didn't really warrant such attention and left me flipping pages to skip to the next part of the story.
Nonetheless it was a good read. Surviving Africa is no mean achievement even if it is only due to random good luck. It is probably best survived by those who can find humor in the trials and tribulations that seem never ending ... at least in retrospect. One of his final comments, "I don't think I could go back now," definitely struck a chord. I found it very difficult to leave, I frequently feel a need to reconnect, and yet I agree that I don't think I could go ever really go back again.
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being an ex-Kenyan it had a huge appeal. I associated with many of David's experiences. It is very funny and witty. I love his writing style. I didn't want it to end.Published on February 17, 2014 by LOIS KUHLE
It brought back so many memories from Africa! As a child raised in Africa, I could understand what the narrator and his family went through.Published on August 11, 2013 by Dawie de Jager
I grow up in Kenya at the same time as the author and this book brought back so many memories and lots of laughs!Published on September 24, 2010 by From Nairobi