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Sit and Cry: Two Years In the Land of Smiles Paperback – April 28, 2017
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About the Author
Burgess Needle was a school librarian in Tucson, Arizona before retiring and moving to Ripton, Vermont. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Connotation Press, Blackbox Manifold (UK), Concho River Review, Raving Dove, Boston Literary Magazine, Centrifugal Eye, Iodine, Blue Lake Review, Nutshell (UK) and DeComp among others. Publications include: Every Crow in the Blue Sky, Thai Comic Books, and Faded Photo Brings It Back. He taught English for two years in northeast Thailand for the Peace Corps.
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Mr.Needle does an excellent job bringing us along on his adventures as a Peace Corps In the 1960s. It’s a unique perspective, a “snapshot” of historical significance. He was assigned to Nang Rong, a rural part in Thailand where he is to teach English to students at the school. This is very interesting being as he only speaks basic Thai himself.
Many times I laughed out loud his exploits, cheered his triumphs (like learning to make cake ) and sympathized in his difficulties in adjusting to a new culture. My mother had moved us to Korea when I was 11, and it was an adjustment living in a big city, being in a rural area must be way more difficult. I have no negative things to say about this book.
I almost would like him to write a second one on his adjustment coming back to the United States after his Peace Corps assignment. I found that after two
Years in Korea, it was harder to readjust to life in the US than adjusting to Korea. It would be interesting to know that side of the story.
I marked a passage every other page that I wanted to reread - such as the description of his joint birthday party with his lovable roommate, Wisut: "Strangely enough, the one song everyone knew and joined in to sing together was Hava Nagila. We surely live on a united planet."
Sit and Cry is a testament to our capacity as human beings to grow and adapt, to find the "familiar" in what was once foreign. I have already recommended the book to friends and family!
Within this cultural and political backdrop lies the story, superbly told, of one person's metamorphosis from sheltered American to emergent global citizen. Burgess reveals the pain and humor of his acculturaltion process as he learns a difficult language on the ground and adapts to the mores and folkways of rural Thai cultural (including the drinking patterns of young Thai males!). Burgess' story reaffirms the wisdom of President Kennedy's decision to create the institution of the Peace Corps. A great read!