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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.
I have just finished reading this book for the second time First time round I couldn't wait to turn the pages, Second time was to fully read adventurer Patrick's life before Sara, in parts of West Africa as well as Tanzania. It is often hair raising and incredible how he managed to get out of difficult and life threatening situations. He went to Africa with nothing and three decades later left with Sara and Thomas with nothing, to settle in America when life became too frustrating and dangerous.
How they settled to their new life is also described. Patrick missed Africa but accepted that, with age, it was better to have loved and lost than never to have known the magic of Africa.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a true story set in Africa in colonial and later times.
Tucker sees the funny side with a clear eye, while writing with genuine warmth about Tanzania and Togo, about people and places that she might never have seen, had it not been for a chance event that switched her plan to go to Kansas to a safari that took her to the Serengeti and beyond. The people she meets along the way -- and describes with loving accuracy -- all seem to have leapt from the pages of the likes of V.S. Naipaul or Paul Theroux. Our House in Arusha is an adventure story, a love story, a story about making major life changes at a time when most are content to dream about impending retirement. Tucker relates these events with honesty, gentle humor, and descriptions so vivid that you can feel the humidity, see the jacarandas in bloom, and hear the roar of the lions in the bush.
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