Every Tuesday morning for the past three years, Mr. Malik has joined the East African Ornithological Society's bird walks led by Rose Mbikwa. Mr. Malik, a nondescript, middle-aged widower, is in love with Rose and decides to ask her to the Nairobi Hunt Ball. But when he learns that Harry Khan, a thorn in his side since his school days, has returned to Kenya, Mr. Malik fears that Harry will derail his plan.
With its gentle humor, lovingly-created characters and strong sense of place, A Guide to the East Birds of Africa may appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith. Nicholas Drayson interweaves domestic life with the political landscape, setting this charming story against Kenya's magnificant natural habitat.
Reviewed by ds, 10/08. Other reviews by ds.