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"A real "Boy's Own" adventure - but Barefoot over the Serengeti is factual, not fiction. It is a unique and evocative tale of childhood adventure in a world that very few Europeans have experienced. Barefoot is a 'must read' for anyone remotely interested in Africa!" Back cover comments. ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by The Travel Book Club (first published 1979)
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A delightful short book providing insights into life in the Serengeti. A page turner, written with warmth and good information about Maasai, for all those among you that knew little about them to start with.
Josette Garcia
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting information on Masai life and customs as well as some European life in the 1930's in the Serengeti - a way of life that I am sure as disappeared in the last decades. Unfortunately wildlife killings has not gone but increased tremendously for the benefit of a few people and to the detriment of Africa and the rest of the world. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazing insightful window into a time past. Moving story.
Bob Stocker
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Barefoot Over the Serengeti is a short autobiographical memoir about David Read’s boyhood in northern Tanzania in the late 1920s and early 1930s. While Read’s mother, an English expatriate, and his stepfather struggled to eke out a living, Read roamed freely about the Serengeti with his Masai friends. This isn’t great literature, but the stories about Read’s adventures and information about Masai customs are interesting. I’m glad I read it.
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I found it stunning - what an eye opener, especially the accounts of the Masai culture -
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a picture of another time. It's good and real. ...more
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