A little light reading

I doubt whether many of you would choose to read this book.  You would think “this is a guide book about birds”.  Sometimes the most enjoyable reads are buried under titles  and remain undiscovered and unread.

A friend from my church who happens to be an avid bird watcher lent this to me.  I had just loaned a pile of books to her as she recovered from a nasty bout of pneumonia.  On returning some of my books, she included this one and assured me I would love it.  “Don’t be put off by its title” she said.

Thank goodness I heeded her advice.  Nicholas Drayton is a naturalist and a storyteller and this is a delightful story that had me giggling each night.  A few times I had to hold my laughter inside while Keith lay sleeping beside me.  A Guide to the Birds of East Africa is about birds and a group of ornithologists living in Nairobi in Kenya.  And yes it is about a race between two men Mr Malik and Harry Kahn to spot the most birds over a week so they can invite the woman of their dreams  Rose Mbikwa to the annual hunt ball.  However, it is more than this – we get to know Mr Malik – he is reserved, elderly, round and  balding but what a man – he is honourable, kind and there is a hidden side that the reader discovers.  Harry Khan in comparison is a complete sleaze bag.  If you are looking for a humorous and gentle read, this is a delightful companion.

A couple of my blogging friends have written  posts detailing books they have read recently and enjoyed and I have added them to my list to read.  Bloom has written beautifully about the legacy of her father – one of which is a passion for books and reading.  She has recently read “The language of flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  The Picket Fence has written about a children’s book she is reading to her oldest son.  The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright sounds delightful.  We belong to the same public library, so I will have to borrow it when she has finished reading it.  There are times in life when a light enjoyable book is a wonderful companion.

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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