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Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth Hardcover – February 11, 2011
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For anyone who is thinking about doing Peace Corps, or indeed volunteering overseas or travelling in developing countries, this book gives a great account of the realities. There are many sources where you can find the 'glamorous' side - how great it is to endure the hardships and to help people - but this book truly gives you an insight into the emotions you will experience, both good and bad.
I think this book is also important for people inside the development community, and those considering pursuing that line of work. Taylor manages to tie in the dual aspects of someone who is interested and well educated in the larger scale of international relations/history with first hand experience of working at the very bottom of the ladder - as an entry-level development worker involved with small scale projects within the communities he was living. It's that collision of someone well read in the theory of international development with the realities on living at the sharp end of the implementation, that resonated so vividly with my first experiences of field work, and provides an insightful backdrop to the running commentary of his day to day life.
When I read this book for the first time I was personally proud of my former colleague for producing such an honest, complete and reflective account of his Peace Corp service. I would encourage anybody who is interested in the whole story of work and life in grass roots development to read this book.
Dibbert delivers a taste of the Peace Corps experience with a hearty helping of Guatemalan culture and history. This book is a beautiful, at times hilarious read that I highly recommend.
Overall, it is a fair and very beautiful account of life, struggle but, above all, learning. A must read if you believe that change is possible and how to make it possible through the Peace Corps.Beautifully written and sincerity on every single page.Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth
It's his experience, but it seems to become yours as well. Through his journey you are with him -- in the various cities, on the bus, eating beans and rice, communicating with the locals -- His style of writing is to the point and witty, humorous, while serious about the realities of a lifestyle and a world most don't get to see. I felt like I was stepping through this day by day with him -- The imagery brought me directly to Guatemala, which is an exemplary ability of a good author to help the reader fully appreciate the story (fact or fiction).
The book is great for those wanting to learn what the Peace Corps can be like for any individual. At the same time, it proves to be a personal reflection of the disembarkment from all comfort zones and safe havens we like to call home. What I really learned from Taylor's experience is that however hard it is to be living in a distant country, starting a selfless career path, or doing both at the same time...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very well written Peace Corps memoir which describes where the author is from, why he joined and what he did. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Lawrence F. Lihosit
While this is no literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, Taylor writes lucid and candide descriptions of his time in Guatemala. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Thomas Kelly
Equal parts about Guatemala and life in the Peace Corps, it was a bit self congratulatory at times. Most interesting when it described the country and the people. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Don Christensen
I'm an RPCV myself, 2003-05, though I did not serve in Guatemala like Taylor. His honest reflections, good and bad, on the Peace Corps are the truest words I have seen published... Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Danielle
'Fiesta of Sunset' is a rather impressive first work by a man who is well on his way to making a considerable difference in this world. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by WW
This book was a wonderful affirmation for me, as I am the daughter of one of the central characters, and was gratified by Dibbert's accurate and honest portrayal of life in aid... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Annie
Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala, and a Search for Truth
Taylor Dibbert has done a great favor for people like me whose real... Read more
Having had a very similar experience to Taylor, I can write with confidence that Fiesta of Sunset is not only an excellent read but also a necessary read for anyone interested in... Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Fiesta of Sunset shed a wholey different light on the Peace Corp. While it stripped away some of the fantacy and (dare I say it) glamour I had believed about the experience, it... Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Jeanne