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Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott
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Jan 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read in January, 2010

This memoir takes place in Botswana. Since being in Zimbabwe last June, I have begun searching out more books on Africa. (Of course I'd read "Out of Africa" before going.) Like "The Flame Trees of Thika," this is told from the point of view of a young girl whose adventurous family settles in Africa. The main difference is how recently this story takes place, the 1990's, and the author is only in her twenties now. Both books describe hardships but, due to their youth, the authors don't really have to deal with the adversity. Their parents do. And, in both cases, the parents seem to have made light of their struggles in front of the children, For the kids, it's all an adventurous lark. All of which makes Africa seem almost benign. To be fair, there are references to AIDS, death, etc., but for the most part, it just seems fun.

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