Posted by: koolwine | April 18, 2012

Botswana: Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood cover An off-beat New Zealand family of five lives life to the fullest in rural, AIDS-plagued Botswana.

Country Focus: Botswana

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood
By Robyn Scott
Originally published: Penguin, 2008.
My edition: Penguin, 2008.
452 pgs.

Genre: Memoir
Time period:
1980s-1990s

Overall Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)

Quote:

“My own philosophy is that if something’s working and isn’t toxic and people are dying while you wait, you shouldn’t hang around for indisputable proof,” [said Dad].

“Obviously,” I said hotly.

Dad smiled. “Robbie, you’re a seventeen-year-old vegetarian who hypnotizes people to augment dental anesthesia. Born during an acupuncture session. And raised on Bach flower remedies, soya beans, and enough dietary fiber to meet the annual needs of a small city. The obvious is subjective.”

 

 

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