• Title: A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa
  • Author: Nicholas Drayson
  • ISBN: 9780241969175
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa The engaging sequel to Nicholas Drayson s much loved A Guide to the Birds of East Africa sees the return of Mr Malik and the East African Ornithological Society Mr Malik has been busy planning the Asa
    The engaging sequel to Nicholas Drayson s much loved A Guide to the Birds of East Africa sees the return of Mr Malik and the East African Ornithological Society.Mr Malik has been busy planning the Asadi Club s annual safari Yet a series of crimes puts the club s very existence at risk It is up to Mr Malik and Co to solve a decades old murder, recover the club mascot aThe engaging sequel to Nicholas Drayson s much loved A Guide to the Birds of East Africa sees the return of Mr Malik and the East African Ornithological Society.Mr Malik has been busy planning the Asadi Club s annual safari Yet a series of crimes puts the club s very existence at risk It is up to Mr Malik and Co to solve a decades old murder, recover the club mascot and identify, once and for all, the most dangerous beast in Africa.Not to mention his only daughter may or may not be getting married in a week.Will Mr Malik again prevail over Kenyan politics, a reluctant bride and buried secrets

    One Reply to “A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa”

    1. This novel left me feeling extremely happy. Reading it restores your faith in the kindness of human beings. It was a great sequel to 'A Guide to the Birds of East Africa'. My only disappointment is that Mr Drayson has not written more novels with this wonderful set of characters. If you love things African, as I do, then do yourself a favour and read this book!

    2. I wish Drayson's books weren't so difficult to get in the U.S. But if you can get your hands on them, it's worth the trouble. (I resorted to borrowing this one through interlibrary loan.)While this didn't have quite the charm of it's prequel, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa it was still very enjoyable in it's own quiet and charming way. I liked the club member interactions, the safari and the food!, and the historical mystery debate and resolution. Since I know very little about Kenya, or it [...]

    3. This is a sequel to the author's earlier book, A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA. I grew up in East Africa and the book brought out what I remember of Nairobi in my youth. This book takes place four years after the first book. The books are written as light-hearted mysteries surrounding an Asian man, Mr. Malik and people in his club, The Asadi Club. This book is good but not as good as the first book. Still worth reading to bring back the sense of place and worthwhile characters.

    4. This was a fun read with the same lovable characters as Birds of East Africa. I wasn't so interested in the details of the billiard games, but we know that Malik and his sidekick Benjamin will come through in the end and all problems will be resolved! Thank you Carolyn Fagan for book delivery service.

    5. Anyone who loves Africa will love this book. A simple, charming and very readable tale about mostly charming, very likeable people. That may make everything sound a bit too sweet and lovely and certainly as in all good fairy stories the good triumph and the mischief makers get their just desserts, but there was certainly just enough satire and bite and moments that touch on the not so savoury parts of this wonderful continent. More of the lovely Mr Malik and his friends please!

    6. Loved this book, brought back many memories. Very evocatice and believable writing, although I'd never thought of E Africa from the Indian colonial perspective before. The intertwining of the Lord Errol story was intriguing as it was a mystery that has also troubled me since childhood as to what really happened and why. I hope there will be further books in this series.

    7. For sentimental reasons, I'm glad I can justify giving this book at least 3 stars. It was pretty close to 2 stars, but ultimately yes, it was better than just ok. I don't recommend the book unless you really loved A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, and you can't imagine passing up an opportunity to hear more about the characters. I regret to say, the magic just wasn't the same for me.

    8. This was a book club read and not a book I would normally read but it was well written and evocative of a different way of life in a foreign place. But I did find it difficult to immerse myself in the characters or plot lines. Nothing particularly gripped me. However, it was an easy and relaxing read at bedtime.

    9. A companion or sequel to "A Guide to the Bird of East Africa", this book is just as good a read as the bird one. An easy-going read, information incorporated about the animals of the area, but definitely not an animal, travel guide. I love Mr. Malik.

    10. Story evolves around friends in a club in Nairobi. The existence of the club is in jeoprody. The story gives many details on the politics and life in general in Nairoba including wildlife and includes this in the story.

    11. This sequel was an enjoyable read but did not captivate me as much as the first book: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa.

    12. Well I want to go on the annual Asadi Club safari! Shows the Kenyan government as being pretty corrupted.

    13. A Jolly good read!!!This is the second book I have read by this author with the same characters, and I found it just as entertaining as the first one!! It's more of a gentle travelogue and biography of the characters we meet between the pages, with some good mysteries thrown into the mix to make it interesting!! Loved every moment - definitely a good holiday read kind of bookt too taxing on the brain, but you come away feeling satisfied and as though you know a little bit more about Kenya and he [...]

    14. Auch der zweite Band um Mr. Malik, seine Freunde und den vielgerühmten Asadi Club ist wieder einfach ein einziges Vergnügen. Keine Bange: Selbst wenn man den ersten Teil noch nicht gelesen hat, wird man sich ohne Weiteres schnell zurechtfinden. Wichtige Ereignisse werden nochmal kurz angerissen und erklärt und ich wette: Wenn man die 'Kleine Tierkunde Ostafrikas' gelesen haben, will man auch die Kleine Vogelkunde Ostafrikas lesen :-)Im Mittelpunkt stehen vorerst freudige Ereignisse: die jähr [...]

    15. Dieses Buch besticht durch Charme.Einfach herzallerliebst. Begeben sie sich auf eine Reise in die exotische Stadt Nairobi. Dort lernen sie Mr. Malik und einige seiner Freunde kennen, welche sich bei täglichen Gesprächsrunden im heiß geliebten Asadi-Club antreffen lassen. Dort betätigt man sich nicht nur sportlich oder am Billiardtisch oder an der Bar - nein jährlich gibt es auch eine große Safari, welche von unserem Mr. Malik organisiert wird. Nebenbei erfährt er von der Rückkehr seiner [...]

    16. I feel this is a case of a follow-on book with the same characters falling flat. Mr. Malik arranges the annual safari trek but that is just one part of this. Additionally, there are the story lines about Harry Khan's desire to take over the Asadi Club and develop it into a shopping mall, Mr. Malik's daughter is getting married but there's trouble brewing, and the Asadi club takes up the debate of the real-life mystery of Lord Erroll's murder back in 1941. It was the Lord Erroll's discussion that [...]

    17. I wish I could give 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this sequel and laughed several times, but it wasn't as good as the first book, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, which dealt with more difficult moral and social questions and yet still had the same deft humor and goodwill. I didn't learn much more about East Africa or the main character than I did in the first book. Still, it wasn't a waste of time. Drayson is a charming writer and I enjoy the cast of characters.

    18. It took me forever to get into this—there are lots of characters and several plot lines to keep track of. I really only felt engaged in the story the last 30 pages or so, when everything starts to come together—although how much of that is the fault of parental exhaustion, and how much is the fault of Nicholas Drayson, I can't really say.

    19. I read 52 pages and there was no story, no interesting characters, nor sublime description. Maybe the writing was meant to be cute.

    20. A follow-on story to the "Guide to Birds of East Africa", this story has a few underlying mysteries and some very quirky, interesting characters. It takes place in post-colonial Nairobi. Written in a vain similar to Alexander McCall Smith's stories of Botswana, this book was both enjoyable and addictive.

    21. A quirky, feel-good novel. I was so happy to re-encounter the characters from the Guide to the Birds of East Africa. Drayson is quite a fascinating author, I find. I love his detailed description of the African bush and all its creatures. I also discovered quite a few things about Kenya that I never knew.

    22. Again a lovely, heart warming read - like the first one - but the stakes are higher, a lot higher, in this one and Mr Malik's friends - Mr Gopez, Mr Patel and above all, H.H.Tiger Singh get their share of spotlight, as well as does Harry Khan (though his acts seem suspect)

    23. Just as wonderful as the previous book (Guide to the Birds of East Africa). A delight from beginning to end. The writing is witty and clever without being contrived or pretentious. Made me smile every other page. Can't recommend it highly enough. More please Mr Drayson!

    24. En la Kenya actual, la corrupción y la especulación van de la mano. En ese entorno, Mr Malik representa una isla de serenidad. Transparencia en el entorno de un safari donde las bestias del este de África no tienen cuatro patas (sino dos piernas).

    25. This is the second book set in Africa about Mr. Malik and his daughter. I love the quirky characters and the Social Club where so much happens. Even though it is charming and gentle there is still mysteries to solve and it ends happy which is what I love.

    26. Amusing storyEnjoyed the sequel to the Birds of Africa book. The two mysteries going on at the same time made for an interesting read

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