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The Drums Of Africa
Tim Schell
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The Drums Of Africa

4.67 of 5 stars 4.67  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Fiction. Tim Shell's first novel, THE DRUMS OF AFRICA, is a gripping and timely tale of two young Americans, Val and Glen, arriving in Africa as Peace Corps volunteers in the 1970s, filled with altruism, naivete and a thirst for adventure. As the line between adventure and catastrophe narrows, Schell masterfully creates a mosaic of cultural perspectives and ethical tension ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published by Mammoth Books
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Jessica Griffin Conner
I really enjoyed three things about this book.

First, the author found an elegant solution to the inevitable Heart of Darkness comparisons by having the main characters joke about Kurtz in the beginning of the narrative. It's as if Schell is saying "Yes, I know you think this is a Conrad rip-off, because it's about white people going into the central African jungle. But there's more going on here, so let's move along, shall we?"

Second, the story uses an interesting dual POV, switching back and f
Fast-paced and intriguing novel about two Americans living in Africa after the Peace Corps. Their experiences and viewpoints diverge in a surprising manner. The chapters shift between the voices of the Americans as well as some of the African characters, which makes for interesting reading.
Josie Muehlhausen
Although I haven't opened the book, I have heard amazing stories from Tim's time teaching in Africa; I can't wait to indulge!
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