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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (November 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557195403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557195404
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Fortner holds a master's degree in public administration and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He works as a Planner for the City of Newark, Delaware, and lives in Perryville, Maryland, with is wife, Shannon, his step-son, Patrick, and is son, James. From June 1994 till February 1997, Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African country of Togo. His book, Greetings from Jungleland, is a memoir of his experience. His previous written work includes his graduate thesis Paving Paradise: Parking Supply and Demand on Main Street.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Barry on January 6, 2010
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I started reading "Greetings from Jungleland" by Michael Fortner with envy. The Peace Corps was created after I was married and had a family. It was one of those experiences that I lusted to do but never seemed to have the opportunity because of other obligations (making a living). Reading Michael Fortner's retrospective of his experience in the Peace Corp is a delight. It provides insights into the significance of this sort of experience as part of shaping a view of the world. His sharing of this youthful adventure through the eyes of a mature adult makes it all the more impressive.

The author's experiences of learning a language, sharing a bush taxi with a corpse, dealing with voodoo priest, to his circle of friends in an African village, and his attempts to improve the quality of life of the people of Togo helps you understand why the Peace Corp is such an important and venerated American Institution. The impact on both the people of the host country and on our own citizens who participate in this program is greater than the sum of its parts. If you have a sense of adventure and want to understand life in a traditional African village then "Greetings from Jungleland" is a book you will want to read.
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By Christy Leigh Stewart on July 12, 2010
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It's hard as Hell to gross me out, but this book did it...I don't know whether that deserves 1 star or 5 so I give it 3.
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This was an excellent memoir of a Peace Corps volunteers experience in Togo. You get a real insight of what it is like for a young american to learn a new language as well as immerse himself in a new culture.
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