Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola

By Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton provides American youngsters a firsthand examine transforming into up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood facilities at the elevating and grazing of livestock. Readers proportion Lekuton's first come upon with a lion, the epitome of bravery within the warrior culture. They keep on with his mischievous antics as a tender Maasai farm animals herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding university escapades, football luck, and trip to the United States for faculty. Lekuton's riveting textual content combines unique information of nomadic lifestyles with the common adventure and feelings of a starting to be boy.

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There were plenty of cardinals’ daughters, but Felice was now unique; she was the living pope’s only daughter. Such status confirmed her sense of her worth and rarity, and she knew that the possibility of being something exceptional was within her grasp. Yet she also recognized that such ambitions might not necessarily be reached without a struggle. She had resisted, successfully, her father’s attempts to marry her off while he was still a cardinal. But such resistance in those turbulent times, with her father constantly distracted and often far away in France, was relatively easy for a headstrong girl fixed on self-governance.

She knew, moreover, that her father’s new-found glory would also have its impact on her own life. There were plenty of cardinals’ daughters, but Felice was now unique; she was the living pope’s only daughter. Such status confirmed her sense of her worth and rarity, and she knew that the possibility of being something exceptional was within her grasp. Yet she also recognized that such ambitions might not necessarily be reached without a struggle. She had resisted, successfully, her father’s attempts to marry her off while he was still a cardinal.

1 They spoke a language of their own, exchanged rumours and gossiped about events in the city, made deals, accepted bribes. A small girl did not necessarily understand the meaning of it all, but an intelligent one could recognize the importance of such activity. These were the men who made her city work. What Felice learned from her proximity to them had tremendous bearing on how she would later conduct her own life. Equally important to Felice della Rovere’s development was that in Bernardino de Cupis’s circle she had her own worth.

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