Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton is a Maasai tribesman of Kenya. In this fascinating autobiography, he shares stories about growing up in his nomadic tribe - from licking sweat off cows' noses to survive a drought, to facing down a lion at age 14, to playing soccer for the president of Kenya. The only member of his family to receive a formal education, Joseph sometimes lived as much as 40 miles away from school. While at school, he learned about Western culture and traditions. A member of two very different communities, Joseph struggled with what he was taught and what he already knew. But eventually, he learned to balance two worlds.
Hailed by Children's Literature as a "superb book for any age", Facing the Lion is a riveting tale of one man who took his destiny in his own hands and became an extraordinary citizen of the world.
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Having been to Kenya several times and meeting the Massai people and the Saburu and Pokot people has been the best experience of my lifetime. Being out in the bush and sleeping outdoors with elephants and lions is a feeling that goes to your very soul. I could relate to the beauty of Joseph's life and the different worlds he so valiantly managed to live in. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been there and anyone who has not because the book truly shows you how you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it.
We in America have everything. Even the poor and welfare recipients have more in terms of comforts than the Massai. But no one, even the wealthy, could have a childhood as rich or have an outlook as positive as those who live truly free. My prayers are that modern society remembers and holds dear the traditions an lives of nomadic people such as the Massai. Thank you Joseph for a truly inspiring story and life.
I said "my Maasai" but in fact, the Maasai belong to no one. I have been to E. Africa and I have stayed in a Maasai Village. I love Africa so very much and I especially love this story because we are sending a lovely Maasai woman to school in Tanzania. It is such a privilege to have met her, to love her, and to be allowed by her father and tribe to send her to school. Our dream is, like Joseph, that our "daughter" will one day come to us. She can come for a time and then return home, or she can come as long as she desires. I loved this book!
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