Nine Faces of Kenya
Drawing on her knowledge of Kenya and its literature, Huxley presents a fully rounded portrait of a nation, its peoples and wildlife, history and landscape, and the men and women who made their mark upon it. Isak Dinesen, Ernest Hemingway, the Leakeys, Beryl Markham, Winston Churchill, Evelyn Waugh, and Theodore Roosevelt are among the many writers in this classic anthology.
coral fathoms deep, and the spots, bars and whiskers of every fish. You enter an Aladdin’s cave of brilliance and romance seen from a hot sea-bath under a blue sky with the sun and the air all round you. If the world can offer greater pleasures, they must be far to seek. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Elspeth Huxley. Gedi Sixty-five miles north of Mombasa and ten miles south of Malindi lie the ruins of an old Arab city. In 1948 Gedi was declared a National Park and an archaelogist, James
Giraffes nice beasts, and believe that they are giving them a good time. In the long years before them, will the Giraffes sometimes dream of their lost country? Where are they now, where have they gone to, the grass and the thorn-trees, the rivers and water-holes and the blue mountains? The high sweet air over the plains has lifted and withdrawn. Where have the other Giraffes gone to, that were side by side with them when they set going, and cantered over the undulating land? They have left
swim, 324; ritual scars, 328; sun and moon legend, 378–9; war dance, 38, 77; war costume, 77 Maasai Mara (game reserve), 269; (plains), 232 Maasailand, 30, 162 Macdonald, Captain J. R. L., 132, 133; Soldiering and Surveying in British East Africa, 133, 136 Machakos, 54, 71, 123, 135 Mackinder, Halford, 38; “A Journey to the Summit of Mount Kenya, British East Africa”, The Geographical Journal, 39 Mackinnon, William, 45 Mackintosh, Brian, The Scottish Mission in Kenya 1891–1923, 135
most spectacular “stunt” – personally, I have seen sixty to eighty men do it – as every load, at a given verbal signal at the end of a chorus of a song (of triumph, self-glorification, or flattery of their Bwana), was simultaneously changed from left to right, or vice versa, by simply ducking the head downwards, and then with a sideways swoop, upwards. One of the self-imposed duties of the kilangozi was to encourage his tired comrades. I have seen one who was carrying a tusk of 115 lb. at the
escape, tearing explosion craters in the hillsides and building huge volcanoes that, in middle Miocene times (say 12 million years ago), soared up 20,000 feet. They would have been snow-covered then, just as Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro are today. Through the ages the ancient volcanoes were ground down by the elements, leaving mere stubs a tenth of the original size; their pulverized rocks contributed to the layer upon layer of deep sediments in the lava floor of the valley, a floor that is now