The Camel Bookmobile
Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya. By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease. Her intentions are honorable, and her rules are firm: due...more
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All of which is to say, I didnt pick up this book on purpose. But I finished it because a lack of other options.
If you want a book where you can lose track of how often African is used as ...more
The people of Mididima have differing feelings about the traveling books. Matani was sent away ...more
The book deals with issues of whether bringing books to a people who still depend on the earth an ...more
Then there's other stuff...like failed marriages and deep thoughts about Americans and Europeans imposing their cultural viewpoint on Africans.
The book follows an American, Fi, to Africa as she volunteers to guide a new library program that sends books out to the villages on the African plains. T ...more
Her camel bookmobile is popular, but many in the village worry that books will bring modernization which will destroy their way of life. Others believe that modernization; more contact with the outside world; is what the village needs to ...more
African bush to run a bookmobile that brings books to far flung
settlements by camel. The story focuses in on characters in a
particular settlement called Mididima. Because of the preciousness of
the books in such a setting, the Camel Bookmobile has a rule...if
anyone fails to return a book, the bookmobile will stop coming to the
settlement. In Mididima, one of the young men does not return some
books, and the librarian goes to the settlem ...more
I had recently watched The Queen of the Desert, with Nicole Kidman playing Gertrude Bell, whom I'd never heard of before, who was mentioned a few times in this book. Even before her name was mentioned I kept thinking back to the film because there were quite a few parallels. Just a nice coincidence.
I found the characters interesting, and while I did like the Ame ...more
It gave me a fresh perspective on how helping "those in need" may be done to benefit the helper more than "the needy." Do those who have their own traditions and live apart from modern society really need to learn how to do things "our way?" Is it better? If so, better for whom?
I thought the book was well researched and the characters well developed.
I also think it would make a great movie.
Absolutely five stars.