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Time Out: A Peace Corps Volunteer's Story

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ISBN-13: 978-0962192203
ISBN-10: 0962192201
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wood & Jones (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962192201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962192203
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,711,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woods has simply served up her experience, no frills, no congratulations.. . . She paints a picture of the village which can be both beautiful and dark, not always the storybook pastels of the overly quixotic Peace Corps posters and recruiting office. . . . We are shown the frustrations of dealing with corrupt school officials, the witchdoctor-related murders for body parts, the unsuccessful attempt by a village woman to escape her drunken and bellicose husband (she was later found hanging in a tree) and Woods' own physical problems. There are the alarmingly dangerous bus rides with besotted drivers, deaths by snakebite, tuberculosis. We're shown the omnipresent racism of southern Africa when Woods' African colleague, Kele, is forced by a white Zimbabwean owner to leave his campground.. . .Woods' prose style is concise but not pithy, not unlike the "twenty-five words or less" she might have given her students, yet her twenty-five words work.
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By A Customer on November 22, 1998
When I started reading [TIME OUT] I couldn't put it down. I lived every page; marveled at the descriptions of scenes, people, animals, foods, smells - a culture so different from out own. Lindley J. Stiles The book has an immediacy and anticipatory quality that is compelling. I started to read it and could hardly put it down. I burned the midnight oil tellling myself I'd quit after the next page. Anita Swetland Every word, line, page, and chapter drove me to the next. An exceptionally readable book. Richard Matlhare (Botswana)
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