Ngs Huxley hurls us into a world so foreign and primitive initially one can t help but chuckle at the practices we re witness to But by "immersing us in the culture so completely our affiliation with it grows to a point where when the "us in the culture so completely our affiliation with it grows to a point where when the appear their customs our own for the most part are the ones that seem ludicrous and counter to logic You ll be surprised at how stupid and cruel money will seem after reading this bookIf for no other reason check it out because of the glimpse it offers of a dying world and the revealing look at our own culture s arrogance towards practices it doesn t even try to understand This book was on a Top 5 recommendation by Richard Dawkins noted atheist and author of The God Delusion He also wrote the Introduction to this It was tough to find evidently sent from Great Britain by Barnes and Noble as it only shows British and Canadian pricing The first half of the book is told entirely of the perspective of African natives and their customs including female circumcision and beliefs in magic D Europeans who seek to colonize their homeland the lives of the two Kikuyu tribesmen begin to change in dramatic new ways Soon their people are overwhelmed by unknown diseases that traditional magic seems powerless to .
Very interesting novel about four "Generations Of A Kikuyu Tribe "of a Kikuyu tribe customs history and relationship with the British colonialists A good read to really explain the
tribes life through interesting times This is such a tragic book And I was so tornlife through interesting times This is such a tragic book And I was so torn reading it mostly for conflicting ideas revolving around the pros and cons of issues such as science and technology as well as cultural relativism If these are topics that interest you then Red Strangers is a must readRed Strangers is a book by Elspeth Huxley cousin in law of Aldous Huxley narrating the conflicts that appear when European colonialists entered Kikuyu territory The book is written from a Kikuyu Perspective And The Narrative perspective and the narrative 5 generations showing slowly how traditional Kikuyu rituals and customs are giving way to European ones It is amazingly written and immerses the reader right in the middle of the Kikuyu mindset such that when the Europeans arrive in the narrative familia It s amazing the way you ll find yourself identifying with the most bizarre thi. Growing up in Kenya in the early twentieth century the brothers Matu and Muthegi are raised according to customs that they are told have existed since the beginning of the world But when the 'red' strangers come sunburne.
Free download à eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç Elspeth HuxleyNd spirits The second half deals with the arrival of the Europeans the Red Strangers so called because of their sunburns and the enormous changes which resulted The story is still
told from the African perspective considering machines such as automobiles and trains as animals upon first exposure for examplefrom the African perspective considering machines such as automobiles and trains as animals upon first exposure for example attempting to understand such strange customs as not using goats as a medium of exchange and being limited to one wife by the strange Christian religion I enjoyed the metaphors from the African perspective Discovering the city of Nairobi had grown swollen like a tick on the neck of a cow and the "houses had grown upwards as uickly as eucalyptus trees Or From "had grown upwards as uickly as eucalyptus trees Or From crowd arose a noise like the persistent chattering of flamingos by a lake I can see the appeal to someone like Dawkins as even this book from 1939 shows the development of religion as a filling in of the details that man has trouble understanding Interesting and thought provoking read Reminded me a bit of Hawaii by Michener in terms of cultural impact by outsider. Ontrol And as the strangers move across the land the tribe rapidly finds itself forced to obey foreign laws that seem at best bizarre and that at worst entirely contradict the Kikuyu's own ancient ways rituals and belief. .