The Flame Trees Of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

The book is a vivid memoir that recounts the author's childhood experiences in colonial Kenya during the early 20th century. Through the eyes of a young girl, it captures the pioneering spirit of her parents as they establish a coffee farm in the untamed highlands of East Africa. The narrative is rich with descriptions of the stunning landscapes, the diverse cultures of the local tribes, and the various colonial characters who are trying to make their fortunes on the frontier. The memoir is both a coming-of-age story and a portrayal of a bygone era, marked by challenges, adventures, and the complexities of cultural interactions during the period of British colonial rule.

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Total Points: 108

Since this book was first published in 1959, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 108.0.

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