What we have here, however, is a lovely account, from a child’s point of view, of the splendours and hardships of life in Kenya at the start of the Twentieth Century. Huxley’s anecdotes are a joy to read and bring vividly to life the daily trials faced by anyone attempting to making a living from the African soil.
This is a beautiful book. Elspeth understands the land and the people around her. She respects and is respected by the Masai and Kikuyu tribal members and innocently captures a slice of life which, while hard, was ultimately rewarding.