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On one hand, there is nothing new here, and on this same old tirade, I disagree strongly with the author. False again. I cannot deny mistakes have been made in American foreign policy, and certainly events of the Congo, as presented in this book, would appear to be this way.
I do not agree with this at all. Female circumcision should not be, regardless of whether it is a cultural tradition. Not only does it serve no purpose to enhance the lives of either men or women, it is destructive to them. At the same time, the American high-fat, high-sugar diet, while traditional burgers, fries and shakes should be changed. But the truth is often far more complex, and the events in Congo, while horrible, cannot really be understood outside of their larger context.
Was Congo the only African nation to suffer? Was there truly not a single benefit of colonialism? Were all involved in the downfall of the Congo Christians? Were not the African leader, Mbuto funded by the US, yes and his followers not equally guilty of selling out Africans for personal gain?
Were there not some westerners like the noble parents of the author mentioned in the prelude trying to make life better for Africans? Is this not the same thing we see currently in Zimbabwe? And lets not paint extreme pictures of those we chose to reject, while painting those we agree with in glowing terms. I fundamentally disagree with this perspective.
Christianity is a relationship with Christ that involves following after Him and becoming more like Him. The extreme situation the author creates in this fictional account allows her to proclaim her philosophies of life with vigor, particularly anti-Christianity and anti-Americanism. In the foreword, she makes effort to point out that her parents who went to the Congo in the same time period have NOTHING in common with the main subjects of the work, essentially preparing the reader for the assault upon the southern baptist missionary and his 4 children from Georgia who are the main characters.
With such flaws, a work should be easily dismissed. However, there are some glowing strong points. The writing is exceptional, and there are many rich scenes that are not soon forgotten. The understanding of African life, customs, language and landscape as well as the ability to portray this amazingly beautiful land as a living organism were compellingly impressed upon my mind. I really cared about the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them.
The examination of cross-cultural interaction and communication is powerfully illustrated as we begin with a purely American perspective that slowly opens through the eyes of some, not all, characters to an African perspective. While it might be a helpful work to those longing to know Africa or understand cross-cultural disconnects, I cannot give it more than two stars because of the blatant agenda referenced above.
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