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Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali Paperback – July 20, 2006
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When she got her letter from the Peace Corps in 1989, a college senior named Kris Holloway knew a few things about Mali I seem to have overlooked. Like: Forget singing --- it's a particularly hard place for women. Most marry by 18 and have 7 children. Mortality rate for pregnant women: about 1 in 12, among the 10 highest. Genital cutting? In Mali, it's almost universal.
And yet here is Monique Dembele, the young midwife in Nampossela, doing amazing work against ridiculous odds. The town's birthing house stinks. A storm has ripped off a corner of the roof. The heat is oppressive. But it is one place where men may not go --- though she has little medicine and modest training, Monique rules here.
The Peace Corps has sent Kris --- the first white person ever to live in this village of 1,400 --- to be Monique's assistant. The friendship is instant. But who wouldn't be inspired by Monique? She has an unfaithful husband. Her father-in-law, a village elder, gets her pay and skims off so much for himself and his son that she can't take good care of the household. And yet Monique is one of life's ebullient spirits: ever-positive, warm-hearted, always looking to help others.
This book is many things --- a reminder of our good fortune in the West, a granular look at another culture, an appreciation of the rich variety of human experience --- but I like it best as an account of a friendship.Read more ›
Thanks so much, Kris Holloway, for reminding me of what West Africa is like, and for making me acquainted with two quite remarkable women--your friend Monique Dembele, and yourself.
Disclaimer: I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, the country right next door to Mali, during the same period of time that Kris was in Mali. I've also been a practicing midwife for 13 years. So obviously this book touched me personally on many levels, and it's hard for me to be objective. Still, given the other positive reviews, I don't think I'm alone in my love of this book. Buy it and buy many copies, because part of the proceeds go to help educate Monique's children!
The author, Kris Holloway, tells Monique's story with such an obvious personal interest that it can't help but grab your attention and hold it. Her love for this woman, the village they worked side-by-side in, and the country that is not in any way kind to its women, seep under your skin as you read this well-written memoir. It is upbeat and optimistic, even as it has to tell the harsh realities that many of us have never had to face about life. It is matter-of-fact about things that cannot be changed, and passionate about things that must, one way or another, change for the better. It is never tiresome, boring, or whiny - in fact, it is surprisingly free of any of the negatives that can come from someone writing about a time or a person they may have romanticized, or their own role in such a story.
I'm so glad of the chance to read about this woman and her fascinating culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an incredible recounting of her time in Mali and the wonderful people she met along the way. Fantastic read!Published 9 hours ago by Nancy
I was a Peace Corps volunteer 47 years ago but had it way easy compared to Kris and John - (I lived in a big city in Cameroun. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Margaret Karmazin
Beautifully written, I couldn't put it down. Living in Madagascar as a midwife, many of the stories hit home. The culture, the heat, the swells of emotion, and death. Beautiful!Published 22 days ago by Danielle Carlstrom
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Monique and the Mango Rains. While I was required to read this book for a college class, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book assigned for my class and I enjoyed read the book Monique and the Mango Rains. I found the caring, compassionate personality of the main character of the Monique. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ozgur
While I thoroughly enjoyed Kris Holloway's succinct and tender account of her time in Mali, I read this book in the context of studying African history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I will admit I am not a reader and was required to read this book for a college class. Though, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by !