- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Clover Park Pr; First Edition edition (May 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962863238
- ISBN-13: 978-0962863233
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writer combines self-deprecating humor, poetic and prose musings, and short glimpses into the way that the village handles the Yozo visitor in their midst to draw parallels and contrasts between her own Midwestern upbringing and village life.
Near the end of the book, the author says she has discovered about herself that she is drawn to people violently, falling in love with them without qualms, and at the very end of the book, there is a series of poems about Alfi-- a girl she and another Peace corps volunteer semi-adopted but ultimately left behind. This Alfi relationship, a quagmire of hope and love and despair and white privilege and first world/third world entitlement and conflict that the real meat of this book lies.
And the stories of the maggots in her overloaded latrine. And musings on the efficacy of air-conditioned SUVs to relieve heat rash.
The book is at its best for me when the author is a bit more blatant about contrasting her midwestern life poetry with issues of loneliness, abuse, and dream-wrecking in the village. I think a bit more "framework" and a bit less stream of consciousness would have made this book a bit easier to digest in some places, and driven home the complex emotional struggle the author obviously underwent.
Worthwhile peek into the emotionally complex intersection of US good intentions and the cultural integrity of the places USians bring their mission to.