A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Book - 2008
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A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective series does for Botswana For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Reserved and honorable, Malik wouldn't be noticed by a bystander in a Nairobi street except perhaps to comment on his carefully sculpted combover. But beneath that unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion. But just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), who should pop up but his nemesis from his school days. The jokester Harry Khan, good-looking in a flashy way and quick of foot, has also become enraptured with the object of Malik's affection. So begins the competition cooked up by fellow members of the Asadi club: whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week's time gets the privilege of asking Ms. Mbikwa to the ball. Set against the lush Kenyan landscape rich with wildlife and political intrigue, this irresistible novel has been sold in eight countries and is winning fans worldwide.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780670917587
Branch Call Number: F DRA
Characteristics: 202 p


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Jul 13, 2016

In 1974 on a walking safari in Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia I identified 83 species of birds in 1 week. I wish I had known the bird-finding tricks deployed in this novel so I could have saved myself a lot of money by simply looking around my community of Kabwe, Zambia.

Nov 07, 2014

Despite the title, this is an utterly charming short novel about two middle-aged East Indian Kenyans who are vying to be the one who invites a lovely widow to the high commissioner's ball. They decide to settle the issue with a contest--who can see the most species of birds in Kenya (and that's a LOT of bird species!) within a certain time period. Funny, poignant, and ultimately highly satisfying. Highly recommended!

Aug 02, 2012

Birders in Kenya in the style of an Alexander McCall Smith story, but not good and full of inaccuracies.

Dec 08, 2011

I adored this book - sweet, gentle, charming... but with cliff hangers that keep you reading! You just have to know what happens to poor Mr. Malik! Highly recommended.

ser_library Oct 16, 2011

if you enjoy long "dear reader" asides you may like Birds of East Africa

a light story that touches every possible current topic

i did not bother to read the end

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