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