Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Safari In June
  2. 2 Has anyone shipped goods to Kenya?
  3. 3 Barcelona & Morocco (Oct 2017)
  4. 4 Egypt Trip Planning
  5. 5 Hiring Grand Taxi
  6. 6 Trip Report Trip Report : Jordan and United Arab Emirates
  7. 7 Kenya and Tanzania Tour Companies
  8. 8 Help with Kenya Safari plans.
  9. 9 Business trip to Israel
  10. 10 Advice for 1st tip to Kenya
  11. 11 Help please! Trying to plan an African trip!
  12. 12 honeymoon place
  13. 13 Suggestions needed for 5 days in Tunisia
  14. 14 Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, hidden gems not on the normal tourist path?
  15. 15 Kenya Vs. tanzania
  16. 16 Hire a driver for a week in Morocco
  17. 17 Trip Report Trip Report : Mauritius and Rodrigues
  18. 18 First Trip to Africa, first safari...which itinerary should I go with?
  19. 19 South African Safari Company Recommendations
  20. 20 Yom Hazikaron
  21. 21 Yom Haatzmaut
  22. 22 Morocco April Itinerary 10 days
  23. 23 May 10-July 10 in Africa
  24. 24 recomendation on African Safari company
  25. 25 Comparing a few cities in Morocco
View next 25 » Back to the top

Mango Elephants In The Sun

Jump to last reply

by Susana Herrera

I bought this book for �1.99 from a cheapy cheapy remainder book shop on Charing Cross Road yesterday as I walked up from Leicester Sq area to Tottenham Court Road after a long lunch with a new internet friend (after having filled her head with dreams of Africa and then, the pleasures of browsing Stanford's Africa section).

Mango Elephants In The Sun is the tale of a 23 year old American woman who travels to Cameroon with the Peace Corps (92-94) and takes a position as a teacher for 2 years in a small village there. She gets paid only enough to buy groceries (though evidently enough to splurge on food/ bus/ taxi every now and then). The story takes us through her struggle against the belief that every white person, especially from America, is rich, her difficulty in finding her own methods for gaining the respect of her students and her slow but sure establishment of strong friendships in her African community. When she arrives in Africa she is emtionally wounded from her life to date and seeking some kind of answer to it all.

The start is a little too schmaltzy/ spiritual but it very quickly improves - I can't believe how involved I became in her story after a few chapters.

As I came to the end of it I found myself weeping so much I could hardly read and sitting in an absolutely freezing cold bathtub.

Anyway, although the poetic nature of her writing is occasionally a little too contrived, mostly it is genuine and exciting and emotionally charged.

I really enjoyed it. Don't know if anyone else will but...

I thought I'd share.

1 Reply |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement