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Our House in Arusha (The Snowbird Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 22, 2011
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Simply put, this book boils down to being about love. Love of a continent, it's people, it's exasperations and it's about the author's love of the man who inspired her to remain there with him. M. Texier's life story is one that carries an astonishing breadth politically, with stories ranging from smuggling, poaching in game preserves done by very high level government entities to witnessing the result of the Kissinger/CIA-initiated assassination of Chile's former, democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. The ability to capture all this in Tucker's agile writing style is sheer inspiration.
As well, the story of M. Texier is among the most romantically inspired patchwork hop-skotches through life I have ever heard of. He found in Sara Tucker not only a "proper mother for his son" but one excellent storyteller who, in the end, conveys a very moving heart-felt love for the man and his love for the continent. When in the story it becomes necessary for them to come live in the US, this reader felt très désolé, a sense of loss as keen as any I've known in leaving behind places I've loved. But it is his spirit, his optimism, his ability to make the most of what is which she writes about. Therein lies the love.
The author went to Tanzania on a whim ("I had meant to go to Kansas"). She was offered an opportunity to join a safari with the expectation that she would fall in love with the experience and write a favorable review for a travel magazine. The safari guide is a Frenchman who has been rambling around the continent of Africa for over 30 years. In that time he has had enough cliff hanger adventures to rival Indiana Jones. The guide, Patrick Texier, invites the author to return for another visit and then another. Gradually she absorbs many of his stories and is charmed by this man, his life and his 9 year old son who "needs a real mother". Back home in New York City she has much unfinished business: a writing career and a loving marriage with a heartbreaking complication. I won't say more about that story--you'll have to read the book to see how she navigates those waters and returns to Tanzania to marry Patrick.
How she navigates the waters of telling the complex and fascinating story of her life in Africa is with tremendous skill and humor. She provides detailed descriptions of the sights and sounds of her new home. The reader is pulled into the setting and can easily imagine being present. She weaves in side stories about the local characters, about learning to be a step parent, about her husband raising a leopard cub and about trying to get the FBI to pay attention to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.Read more ›
beautiful, engaging, FUNNY, and so wonderful. What an adventure. It was one of
those books that I didn't want to put down. I was sad to have it
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Writers have such courage. It can't be pleasant to have your sins, petty or large, frozen for all time, confessed in black and white. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie Davis
I loved reading this book, especially because I was in Arusha and Tanzania while I was reading it. The author captures the essence of living as an ex-pat with deep connections to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cherie
Loved this book because it dealt with my 2 loves - Vermont and sub Saharan Africa.Published 4 months ago by Susan B.
Hey this was exciting- I have lived in Panama as an Army brat but can't imagine living like this in Africa. Wow! I'd have loved it at their age, I'm sure. Good story! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jane Currier
Absolutely loved this book. She is a very amazing story teller.Published 5 months ago by Gisela Fuller
Good reading about the difficulties and beauty of AfricaPublished 5 months ago by Catherine E. Hall