18 December 2012

Dancing with the Witchdoctor; Kelly James

Dancing with the Witchdoctor: One Woman's Stories of Mystery and Adventure in AfricaDancing with the Witchdoctor: One Woman's Stories of Mystery and Adventure in Africa by Kelly James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Any memoir that includes verbatim conversations held during a severe concussed state is a little suspect - and this one has an entire chapter with that type of conversation. Ms. James' memoir is certainly action-packed, filled with colorful characters and events. Are they entirely believable? I'm not sure (I'm not doubting that these things happened, or these people exist, or that she was involved, but memoirs aren't always reliable). That was one reason this wasn't a five-star.

The other was that for me, more on Africa would have been nice. Particularly during the Kenya/Turkana Land episode, the sequence of events got blurred (Kenyatta was in jail? or removed? or ??). While I recognize that that wasn't her purpose, for the vast majority of readers with no background for these countries, it would have been nice. Maybe a brief paragraph before or after each "episode".

I could see boys liking this, even though it's not a new story (published in 2001).

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