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Whiteman by Tony D'Souza
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Nov 15, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 15 to 30, 2010

interesting! i never loss the sense that this was a work of fiction, based on real life experiences. i felt connected to the "stranger in the village syndrome" the main character lived during his tenure in the remote reaches of subsaharan africa. sounds cheesy. well it is cliche in that way. the shift from a foreigner moving staying in a village to him becoming apart of the community makes it a good story. that's why i gave it four stars. there is something missing. not sure if its that was intentional or not....i think the book nicely failed to play into my preconceived notions of what a person in that situation experiences. i doubt that the peace corps would suggest it as recommended reading for those interested in enlisting, but it probably should be. a fiction view into the fictional life you imagine having as a person from a western industrialized country trying to "help" in a community that could possibly be the antithesis of everything you have ever known...it works. the variances in prose works. the subject matter works. the overall composition works. its a good book.

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