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New PDF release: Bill Bryson's African Diary (UK Edition)

By Bill Bryson

ISBN-10: 0385605145

ISBN-13: 9780385605144

UK Edition

Bill Bryson is going to Kenya on the invitation of CARE foreign, the charity devoted to operating with neighborhood groups to eliminate poverty around the globe. Kenya, in most cases considered as the cradle of mankind, is a land of contrasts, with recognized video game reserves, lovely landscapes, and a colourful cultural culture. It additionally presents lots to fret a vacationer like invoice Bryson, fixated as he's at the risks posed by means of snakes, bugs and massive predators. yet on a extra sober observe, it's a kingdom that stocks many severe human and environmental issues of the remainder of Africa: refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty. vacationing round the kingdom, Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the consequent diary, even though brief in size, comprises the trademark Bryson stamp of wry commentary and curious perception. the entire author's royalties from "Bill Bryson's African Diary", in addition to all earnings, will visit CARE overseas.

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The nuclear family is in vogue and the young urbanized educated class is its proponent. The opportunity for social display is now availableto women without incurring social stigma, marking a significant change. Some street activity does involve transgression, however. The prominence of cars (owned primarily by men) brings an increase in casual sexual liaisons and prostitution. Cars provide a private place for meetings between young, mostly high-school-aged girls and older men who are affluent enough to own or have accessto a vehicle.

In Morocco, marketplace discourse and behavior is under close surveillance by politicians and civicleaders. Itinerant marketplaces are being pushed further outside town or are being razed altogether and replaced with centrally located, permanent, and more expensive shops. The phenomenon of prix fixe is gaining momentum, silencing the voices of negotiation. 30 The transformation of the body that the herbalist promises is an apt Introduction 13 metaphor for the changes that women themselves are experiencing in Beni Mellal, where appearances have changed dramatically in the last ten years.

Because these coins are almost a century old, jewelers pretend they are rare and charge more than their value in weight. One jeweler confided to me that luiz are plentiful in France, available at half the price charged in Morocco. The creation of this "lack" of luiz in Morocco and the willingness of women to pay such a high price for these decorative coins alerts us to their symbolic importance. The display of luiz is a show of a particular kind of wealth. A women who is decorated with "money" has a certain degree of autonomy, for the gold is hers, not her husband's.

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