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Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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“A passionate debut memoir bears witness to political turmoil… A stark, eye-opening, and sometimes horrifying portrait by a reporter enthralled by the ‘power and magic’ of Africa.” (Kirkus)
“[Gettleman’s] beautifully written memoir is about many kinds of love…The path to love is not always straight, but when Gettleman discovers his true passions, he grabs hold and doesn’t let go. Love, Africa offers a key to understanding humankind’s past and future and a key to understanding our hearts.” (Sheryl Sandberg)
“Rarely do you read such beautifully rendered honesty: witness the eyes and heart of Jeffrey transform into a remarkable person and writer for our time.” (Ishmael Beah)
“Gettleman’s memoir of his life, his love, and the excitement and perils of journalism is a page-turner. The portrait of Africa that emerges is disturbing, tender, and harsh. …. A tremendous read. I couldn’t put it down.” (Abraham Verghese)
“Jeffrey Gettleman’s memoir is truly, in all its complicated tragic beauty, a love story made up itself of inextricably intertwined love stories. I was mesmerized.” (Alexandra Fuller)
“To feel the fear, sinfulness, and rapture of being a foreign correspondent, read this book! Using self-lacerating truth and high velocity prose, Jeffrey Gettleman has written a compulsively readable new story about what it means to be ‘our man in Africa.’” (Blaine Harden)
“Jeffrey Gettleman has true grit. That’s why he was in my book, and why you have to read his.’’ (Angela Duckworth)
“…[Gettleman] takes readers... into the most terrifying and beguiling continent in the world.…Gettleman is a rare combination of dogged reporter and very fine writer…I kept catching myself wondering whether it was too late to go back and lead his life rather than my own .” (Sebastian Junger)
“[An] exciting, harrowing memoir that aptly displays why [Gettleman’s] a Pulitzer Prize winner and a New York Times bureau chief…. there’s a thrilling immediacy and attention to detail in Gettleman’s writing that puts the reader right beside him…Gettleman’s memoir is an absolute must-read.” (Booklist (starred review))
From the Back Cover
A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.
At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love for the first time—twice. On a do-it-yourself community-service trip in college, he went to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart. But at around the same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student—the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he’d ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to be in Africa. For the next decade he would be torn by two dueling obsessions.
A sensually rendered coming-of-age story, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwups, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of self-discovery in the most unexpected of places.
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Basically a reporter who's fallen in love with Africa goes there to work, cheats on his partner a lot, writes awkward scene after scene about sex, and gets kidnapped and encounters some pretty dangerous conditions..then has a family. Intermittent reflections on some deeper questions about life and about his place in Africa get minimal consideration. Author made this potentially very compelling topic and story read more like an extended Cosmo article than a serious piece of writing.
This memoir is a joy to read. The writing style is fantastic, reading like a novel while being a balanced combination of educational and inspiring. My two largest takeaways are that there is always hope in this world, and to take a risk to follow your heart. In an era where information consumption is dominated by the 24 hour news cycle, "Love Africa," proves the continued importance of literature and joy that it can bring.
His Pulitzer Prize is a small trophy weighed against his heroic efforts to record the truth of the war zones he covers. It's non fiction that seems like fiction given his film-like encounters with the warlords and rebels in the various countries of Africa. He also does a bang up job of covering the war in Iraq. You may be unsurprised to learn the destructive impact of U.S intervention in many of these conflicts.
This is not for the weak of heart or stomach. But it rings true and ultimately is a revelation of all you didn't know and would never know about the burning beauty of East Africa.
Deserves 10 Stars!!
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I read it on the plane on the way home from a trip through Eastern Africa.Read more