The Greatest "Autobiography, Kenya" Books of All Time

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Autobiography

Autobiography is a literary genre that focuses on the life story of the author. It is a first-person account of the author's experiences, thoughts, and emotions, often including significant events and milestones that have shaped their life. Autobiographies can be written by anyone, from famous public figures to ordinary people, and can cover a wide range of topics, including personal growth, career achievements, struggles, and relationships. This genre provides readers with a unique insight into the author's life and perspective, making it a popular and engaging category of books.

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  1. 1. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

    The book is a memoir that recounts the author's experiences and observations living in Kenya, then British East Africa, from 1914 to 1931. It is a lyrical meditation on her life amongst the diverse cultures and wildlife of Africa. The author shares her trials and tribulations of running a coffee plantation, her deep respect for the people and land of Africa, and her intimate understanding of the subtle nuances of African culture and society.

    The 326th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. West With the Night by Beryl Markham

    The book is a memoir of a British-born woman who grew up in Kenya during the early 20th century. She recounts her unconventional upbringing, her passion for horses, and her career as a bush pilot. The narrative is filled with vivid descriptions of the African landscape and wildlife, as well as her personal adventures and encounters. The book culminates with her historic solo flight across the Atlantic from east to west.

    The 873rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. 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.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta

    "Facing Mount Kenya" is a comprehensive study of the Kikuyu people, their history, culture, and traditions, written by Jomo Kenyatta, a prominent figure in Kenya's struggle for independence. The book explores various aspects of Kikuyu society, including their political organization, economic activities, social structure, and religious beliefs. Kenyatta's work provides valuable insights into the Kikuyu way of life and offers a critical analysis of the impact of colonialism on their society.

    The 3813th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

    In this travel memoir, the author recounts an overland journey across Africa, starting from Cairo and ending in Cape Town. Along the way, he traverses a continent rich with diverse cultures, landscapes, and histories, while also confronting the stark realities of poverty, political turmoil, and the complex legacies of colonialism. His encounters with aid workers, missionaries, and locals provide a nuanced perspective on the challenges and beauty of Africa, as well as a critical look at the effects of foreign aid and development. The narrative is a blend of adventure, reflection, and social commentary, revealing the author's deep fascination with the continent and its people.

    The 4755th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

    This book is a true story about three Italian prisoners of war in British East Africa during World War II who escape from their POW camp to climb Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain. The narrative is not only about their audacious adventure, but also about the power of the human spirit, camaraderie, and the freedom of the wild. After their climb, they voluntarily return to their POW camp, where they are punished but also celebrated for their incredible feat.

    The 5919th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Born Free by Joy Adamson

    The book tells the true story of Elsa, a lioness raised by a game warden and his wife after being orphaned as a cub. Unlike other lions raised in captivity, Elsa is taught how to survive in the wild. The narrative beautifully captures the deep bond that forms between Elsa and her human caretakers, as well as the emotional struggle they face as they prepare to release her into her natural habitat, aiming to grant her freedom while fearing for her survival. The story is a poignant exploration of the complex relationship between humans and animals, and the moral implications of their interactions.

    The 6327th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

    The book is a true story of a Swiss woman who, while on holiday in Kenya, falls in love with a Samburu warrior. Defying her family, friends, and cultural norms, she decides to leave her life in Switzerland behind to marry him and live in his remote village. The narrative delves into her challenging and transformative journey as she adapts to a vastly different culture, learns the local customs, and navigates the complexities of her interracial marriage and the community's expectations. Her story is one of love, resilience, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of extraordinary cultural differences.

    The 6720th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson

    "I Married Adventure" is an autobiographical account of the author's life and travels with her husband, as they explored and documented wildlife and indigenous cultures in Africa, Borneo, and the South Seas during the early 20th century. The book is filled with thrilling adventures, dangerous encounters with wild animals, and fascinating insights into tribal cultures, all captured through the lens of their camera. The author's courage, resilience, and love for adventure shine through, making it an inspiring and captivating read.

    The 8736th Greatest Book of All Time

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