By Bill Bryson
“Here is a guy who suffers so his readers can laugh.” — Daily Telegraph
Bill Bryson travels to Kenya in aid of CARE foreign. All royalties and earnings visit CARE International.
Bryson visits Kenya on the invitation of CARE overseas, the charity devoted to removing poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with recognized video game reserves and a colourful tradition. It additionally presents lots to fret a traveler like invoice Bryson, fixated as he's at the risks posed through snakes, bugs and massive predators. it's also a rustic with many severe difficulties: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. the consequent diary, although brief in size, includes the trademark Bryson stamp of wry statement and curious perception.
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