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A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson
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Feb 28, 12

Read in May, 2010

This is a book that is humorous, breezy, light, romantic and balm for a weary soul.

Rose Mibikwa is a lovely, charming, gracious woman who happens to know a lot about the birds of East Africa. Leading weekly tours, her eclectic group of followers scan the skies and the ground for a glimpse of colorful creatures.

Quiet Mr. Malik is captured by the spirit of the birds and the soul of Rose Mibikwa. He longs to invite her to the coveted Hunt Club ball, but three things stand in his way -- his shyness, the fact that he doesn't have tickets and the looming presence of boisterous, self assured rival Mr. Harry Kahn.

The gauntlet is thrown when members of the club search for a new competition, and Malik and Kahn are the latest inspiration. Whoever sights and chronicles the most birds wins the right to invite Rose to the ball.

The delightful hunt proceeds and the author magically weaves descriptions not only of feathered fellows, but of the local population, politics and the history of East Africa.

Highly recommended!
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