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Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

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A portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change.

When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in Nambonkaha, she became the first Caucasian to venture there since the French colonialists. But even though she was thousands of miles away from the United States, completely on her own in this tiny village in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, she did not feel a stranger for long.

As her vivid narrative unfolds, Erdman draws us into the changing world of the village that became her home. Here is a place where electricity is expected but never arrives, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women grinding corn with pestles rings out in the mornings like church bells. Rare rains provoke bathing in the streets and the most coveted fashion trend is fabric with illustrations of Western cell phones.

Yet Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, where children work like adults while still managing to dream. Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.

Review:

"This is an engrossing, well-told tale certain to appeal to armchair travelers and to anyone — especially women — considering international volunteer work." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"With graceful, thoughtful prose, Erdman ponders the problems the village faces and describes in vivid detail the many people she met there." Booklist

Review:

"The author's sensitivity to the traditions of the villagers, the unique ways she found to overcome and incorporate those traditions in her work, and the despair she sometimes felt over the intrusion of the modern world make this a complicated but also contemplative book." Library Journal

Review:

"A thoughtful memoir of Peace Corps service in West Africa, with all the hallmarks of the subgenre....Sometimes treacly, but mostly charming. A worthy debut." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community — a portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change.

Synopsis:

Sarah Erdman here chronicles the two years she spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in the tiny village of Nambonkaha in Cote d'Ivoire, a place without electricity where women grind corn by hand and people bathe in the streets during the rare rains, but where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant.

Synopsis:

A portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change

When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in Nambonkaha, she became the first Caucasian to venture there since the French colonialists. But even though she was thousands of miles away from the United States, completely on her own in this tiny village in the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire, she did not feel like a stranger for long.

As her vivid narrative unfolds, Erdman draws us into the changing world of the village that became her home. Here is a place where electricity is expected but never arrives, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women grinding corn with pestles rings out in the mornings like church bells. Rare rains provoke bathing in the streets and the most coveted fashion trend is fabric with illustrations of Western cell phones. Yet Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, where children work like adults while still managing to dream.

Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.

Synopsis:

The village of Nambonkaha in the Ivory Coast is a place where electricity hasnt yet arrived, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women pounding corn fills the morning air like a drumbeat. As Sarah Erdman enters the social fold of the village as a Peace Corps volunteer, she finds that Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, and where children work like adults while still managing to dream. Lyrical and topical, Erdmans beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.

About the Author

A graduate of Middlebury College, Sarah Erdman still works for the Peace Corps and lives in Washington, D.C. The child of parents who spent their entire careers in the Foreign Service, she lived in eight countries while growing up.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805073812
Subtitle:
Two Years in the Heart of an African Village
Author:
Erdman, Sarah
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Peace Corps (U.S.)
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Nanbonkaha
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-261
Publication Date:
20030903
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 bandw illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.07 x 5.65 x 0.955 in

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Product details 336 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805073812 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is an engrossing, well-told tale certain to appeal to armchair travelers and to anyone — especially women — considering international volunteer work."
"Review" by , "With graceful, thoughtful prose, Erdman ponders the problems the village faces and describes in vivid detail the many people she met there."
"Review" by , "The author's sensitivity to the traditions of the villagers, the unique ways she found to overcome and incorporate those traditions in her work, and the despair she sometimes felt over the intrusion of the modern world make this a complicated but also contemplative book."
"Review" by , "A thoughtful memoir of Peace Corps service in West Africa, with all the hallmarks of the subgenre....Sometimes treacly, but mostly charming. A worthy debut."
"Synopsis" by , Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community — a portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change.
"Synopsis" by , Sarah Erdman here chronicles the two years she spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in the tiny village of Nambonkaha in Cote d'Ivoire, a place without electricity where women grind corn by hand and people bathe in the streets during the rare rains, but where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant.
"Synopsis" by ,
A portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change

When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in Nambonkaha, she became the first Caucasian to venture there since the French colonialists. But even though she was thousands of miles away from the United States, completely on her own in this tiny village in the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire, she did not feel like a stranger for long.

As her vivid narrative unfolds, Erdman draws us into the changing world of the village that became her home. Here is a place where electricity is expected but never arrives, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women grinding corn with pestles rings out in the mornings like church bells. Rare rains provoke bathing in the streets and the most coveted fashion trend is fabric with illustrations of Western cell phones. Yet Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, where children work like adults while still managing to dream.

Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.

"Synopsis" by ,
The village of Nambonkaha in the Ivory Coast is a place where electricity hasnt yet arrived, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women pounding corn fills the morning air like a drumbeat. As Sarah Erdman enters the social fold of the village as a Peace Corps volunteer, she finds that Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, and where children work like adults while still managing to dream. Lyrical and topical, Erdmans beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.

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