A laudable aim and a laugh-out-loud result.
A laudable aim and a laugh-out-loud result. Stories to amuse, elucidate and to share some of the magic of life in Africa. The stories being short, even someone with the attention of a well-rounded Jack Russell terrier can find something brief enough to hold them rapt for a few minutes, or a few days.
ruce Brislin - UK - It is very seldom that I pick up a book and by the time I have read 30 pages I know that I can expect to be entranced on every page. OK, it is a book about things I know and with which I feel comfortable so I should expect to enjoy it – but ‘enjoy’ isn’t a word adequate enough to describe my feelings in this case.
Most folk on Facebook to whom I am befriended probably think my nostalgic posts are by now pretty boring, and they are probably right, I have a tendency to go on about how extremely fortunate I am to have been born and bred barefoot in the veldt. I go on about how much of my time has been spent wandering in lonely places in the Kalahari, the Okavango and in parts of the Sudd and try to wax lyrical about the charms of camp life, forgetting that most of those friends have done quite a bit along very similar lines. To them all, my apologies, I was probably indulging myself – it is a thing that happens as the hair greys apparently. Allow me one little rant more, if you would be so kind.
The book to which I refer is Greer Noble’s ‘My Funny Africa.’ Having contributed minimally to its content I was thrilled to receive a complimentary copy through the post a few days back. The title says it all; it is a light-hearted romp through moments in the lives of numerous people who have spent a bit of time enjoying the wildlife and magnificent vistas of Africa.
Being something of an exile, already for a number of years, I realise just how extraordinary many of those experiences would be to someone brought up on a diet of conkers and cricket in Little Puddlington on the Marsh where there weren’t any grass seeds that stuck in your socks but were things like street-lights and policemen who wore the most ridiculous head-gear. How utterly impoverished they all are having been brought up on this misty, mildewed island!
‘My Funny Africa’ brought a rush of treasured memories flooding to mind. I was carried back to a time and place where the World was less politically correct, where people lived, rather than just existed as free men and women, and most importantly, made the most of it. The book is packed full of anecdotes by people across the social spectrum, each providing a window into a lifestyle that is almost extinct now. It might be pretentious to say it will be historically important but I firmly believe it will.
The concept I think is going to make it an absolute must for anyone who has even only briefly sampled the life if describes and I am certain that will spill over to the bulk of those less fortunate who might never even see Africa. I cannot do other than recommend it whole-heartedly to people with a soul, a sense of humour and a love of wild-life. Best of all, for those that buy it, they will be contributing to the Born Free Foundation.
A Book in a Million! - Amazon Customer A book in a million – that’s My Funny Africa with its 180 plus hilarious, unbelievable yet true and terrifyingly real experiences by 50 writers, among them Wilbur Smith, Bob Shacochis, Jane Goodall, Born Free’s Will Travers and renowned big-game guides. As a now less active bushwhacker, I relived the excitement that only life in the African bush offers, be it with insects, elephants or humans, as I devoured the pages with much, very much enjoyment –then immediately made plans to return to the only continent, people and wildlife for those heady thrills.
5 stars I have just finished reading 'My Funny Africa' (for the second time) - KK(Colin)Brown I have just finished reading 'My Funny Africa' (for the second time), and can only say that it is an absolutely SUPERB selection of African tales, anecdotes and sketches! It would be curmudgeonly even to attempt to pick out favourites, because they are all so different: although possibly Wilbur Smith will have to pull up his socks a bit if he wants to get into the next edition. ( *:) happy ). Seriously, this is a really fabulous selection and would make a wonderful Christmas present for anyone who already is (or might fall) under Africa's spell. Being of Scottish extraction, might I suggest that if you treat your copy very gently, you will probably be able to wrap it for someone as a late Christmas gift, saving any further outlay. Having read it though, I doubt that you will want to give it away. I shall be VERY surprised if anyone who reviews this book, gives it any less than the full 5 'stars'.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - C. Andy - A charming humorous anthology. As an African living in the UK, it was wonderful to feel the vibrancy and charm of AFrica once again.
Great bushwahcker tales!
The ole East African bushwhacker is a breed apart and a sure source of amusement and interest. Greer Noble’s collected tales from the bushwhacker fraternity are a delight and certainly live up to her title of MY FUNNY AFRICA.
Written by people who have made their lives in the bush, principally in either the tourist or the game conservation industries, these stories bring that rugged world vividly to life so that you can almost feel the heat, the irritating buzzing and tickle of the flies, the sounds and smells of the bush and its wildlife. Exploiting the often reckless, even stupid things people have done in the presence of wild animals, one might be forgiven for thinking some of them were candidates for a Darwin Award. Yet they almost all got away with no more than a few scratches, the occasional bite, and occasional frights, invariably coming up laughing through innumerable amazing and amusing situations. They are a resilient lot, with a joy for life on the wild side which adds energy to their tales.
It seems it is not only a human quality to do silly things, for the animals too are responsible for many surprising and endearing acts, quite out of character with their wild personas. The very recitation of these tales opens a doorway to understanding how animals behave in the wild that most people would never consider until it is laid out before them like this, and this adds value to an already enchanting book. Even if you’ve never been there, this book will give you a real feel for the African bush. If you have been there, it will bring back many great memories and open new vistas and leave you with an ache to return.
Whilst well worth reading, and definitely a book to give to your friends, I was disappointed that it concentrated almost exclusively on the bushwhacker fraternity and the animals. There was almost nothing about the indigenous people, whose diverse and rich cultures have always been a fascination for me. Still, you can’t get everything into a single book. Perhaps Greer Noble will compile another one about the people.
Light and easy to read, this book will get you laughing and keep you entertained well enough to forgive the occasional typos and copy editing slips. Do read it.
Eve How My Funny Africa is one of the most heart warming, funny, tearjerking books ever printed! Whenever I pick it up and read a story or two or three (can't put it down) it wings me back to my beautiful past and I revel in the memories. For those of you who don't have connections to Africa it's a must read. It will enlighten anyone to life in Africa as we know it and educate the reader with snippets of interesting facts and information. Thank you Greer for this delightful read and all the friends who shared their special stories.
Bruce Brislin - UK - Having read about a tenth of MFA ... Full marks on content so far. It amuses me to think about how people who have no idea at all about life in the sticks in Africa will take it. They might not believe what they read for a moment or two but they soon realise how much they missed in life.
Next day... Still reading it and more importantly, enjoying it enormously.
Bart Wolffe - UK - I received my copy of My Funny Africa yesterday and read the first 150 pages at one sitting. Loving it and now know what I will be buying friends for Christmas! October, 2015
Sally Jenks Roth - UK - I'm reading and enjoying your book now. Good reading, well done! 17 October, 2015
Craig Cooper - UK - I received it and it's brilliant. Nov, 2015
Eve How - SA - We love your book. It's very entertaining and takes us b ack to special times and places!!! My elderly father is enjoying it sooo much.... he never says much these days but he commented on how he's enjoying it and of course starts him talking about the good old days and how he remembers this and that from some of your stories. Congratulations..... what a hit!!!!!! November, 2015
Ian Mathie You'll love The Book when it arrives, Gavin. I was saving mine to read over Christmas and accidentally opened it for a sneak preview last night. This morning I find I'm on page 351! 23 Dec 2015
Elsa of Wilmot Safris, Botswana, writes: My partner Alistair, Lloyd’s son, has read “My funny Africa” lately and thinks it is absolutely brilliant; it is now the next in line for my bedside table.