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The Missionary and the Brute by John Kenworthy
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Jan 15, 2012

it was ok
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I won this book from Good Reads Giveaways and just finished it.

John Kenworthy is a fairly good writer - he is very good at setting the stage and vividly describing Tanzania without being too verbose or losing the reader's attention.

However, two things prevented me from really enjoying this book. First, is I found the main character "The Missionary" entirely unlikeable. I didn't care about what was happening to him which made me less interested in finding out what was going to happen to him. Second was the pacing - in a matter of 3 days I am supposed to believe that a group people who have never decide to make a bunch of major life altering decisions - including 2 who fall in love and 1 who wants to change her family life back home in the US. It felt like an unbelievable time line and distracted from the story the author was trying to tell.

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