Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and SurvivalFrom Jeffrey Gettleman, A Pulitzer Prize Winning New York Times Journalist, Comes A Passionate, Revealing Story About Finding Love And Finding A Calling, Set Against One Of The Most Turbulent Regions In The World.A Seasoned War Correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman Has Covered Every Major Conflict Over The Past Twenty Years, From Afghanistan To Iraq To The Congo For The Past Decade, He Has Served As The East Africa Bureau Chief For The New York Times, Fulfilling A Teenage Dream.At Nineteen, Gettleman Fell In Love, Twice On A Do It Yourself Community Service Trip In College, He Went To East Africa A Terrifying, Exciting, Dreamlike Part Of The World In The Throes Of Change That Imprinted Itself On His Imagination And On His Heart.But Around That Same Time He Also Fell In Love With A Fellow Cornell Student The Brightest, Classiest, Most Principled Woman He D Ever Met To Say They Were Opposites Was An Understatement She Became A Criminal Lawyer In America He Hungered To Return To Africa For The Next Decade He Would Be Torn Between These Two Abiding Passions.A Sensually Rendered Coming Of Age Story In The Tradition Of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa Is A Tale Of Passion, Violence, Far Flung Adventure, Tortuous Long Distance Relationships, Screwing Up, Forgiveness, Parenthood, And Happiness That Explores The Power Of Finding Yourself In The Most Unexpected Of Places. The tale of an asshole who has had a fascinating career. In July of 1996, I and 21 of my fellow church members traveled to Kenya on a mission trip Aside from short stays in both Nairobi and Mombasa, we spent most of the month in a tiny town called Kibwezi We had running water but no electricity, and because it was 1996, none of us had laptops or cell phones Honestly, it rather boggles my mind that my parents let me go so many thousands of miles away with no ability to make sure I was okay most of the time I totally understand why Gettleman has fallen so completely in love with Kenya Twenty years later, and I still find my ears perk up at the mention of that captivating country I remember seeing Mt Kilimanjaro through the haze, elephants and lions and giraffes roaming around Tsavo Game Park, the incredibly blue Indian Ocean off the coast of Mombasa, watching the barefoot boys playing soccer in the dust and the dirt of the polytechnic where we were staying, drinking hot chai and eating chapati at the 10am tea break, hearing the howls of the monkeys at night and seeing the impossibly bright stars just over our heads But I had not realized how the election of 2007 had torn the country apart Kenya had felt so far away by then, and I was a wife and a mother to a young child We d just moved across the country from Washington to Rhode Island Gettleman brings it all to life again it s like my visit was last month, not twenty years ago.This is most definitely a memoir It even says so in the title, which is why I m a bit
I was so excited to win this book from the publisher I had been waiting for the book to be published Some of the book reminded me of one of my favorites, A Thousand Hills to Heaven Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda I really enjoyed reading about the authors time in Africa and the various people he met I only gave it three stars because I had a hard time liking the author I don t know if it was intentional but by proclaiming what a narcissistic jerk he was made me not like him even Everything he does is for himself and so that he can have children who he raises in Africa, just like his cool friend Dan who was raised in Africa He talks about helping one person financially while acknowledging that he lives very rich in a poor country While many people move to the third world to start a non profit or help the native people in some way, this book is about the author moving to Africa to help himself It sounds like
I traveled to East Africa in 2013 to visit dear friends and fell in love with it I was fascinated by the different cultures in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I was surprised by the crowded metropolis of Kampala, Uganda But I particularly loved Nairobi, Kenya and all its contradictions as it embraced both the traditional and modern I have subscribed to The NY Times for years and have always followed Jeffrey Gettleman s reporting as their East Africa Bureau Chief I enjoyed read this love story of Africa I have experienced some similar escapades as JeffreyGettleman such as being kidnapped in a developing countr
Read this after hearing the author interviewed on Pod Save the World Loved it, although I m biased, as I m a foreigner living in Africa too. Ok My first question how the hell did this guy win the Pulitzer prize I already did NOT like his reporting in the NYT, which otherwise is generally one of my favourite publications As someone who lives and works in East Africa, his reporting on the continent always seemed a tad paternalistic and simplistic or as he himself so aptly describes it in this book ooga booga African stories This book, however, not only confirms my underlying sentiments about him but takes them to a whole new level There were parts of reading this where I felt beyond cringe worthy and absolutely angry about the way he described the people and the countries he has encountered along the way So much so that I refuse to even highlight examples here He takes the notion of whit privilege so unapologetically far that it actually makes it seem he is not embarrassed about it at all Coupled with the fact that he comes across as a very unlikable, arrogant, stereotypical frat boy which is how he describes himself at the outset but never seems to be able to shake that aura as he grows up I always wondered whether it is the position that makes the people or unlikable people get the position The latter is definitely the case here there is not a moment in the book where I thought hey, this is a person I would like to have a coffee with some day The absolute irony is that he quotes Kenyan writer B
He says that white people in Africa are in 3 M s Missionaries, Misfits, and Mercenaries He says he s neither, but when you make a career and a best selling book on stories of africa, why are you not a mercenary just a different sort I didn t want to read and like a memoir about Africa from a white dude But alas, he s a gifted writer and I liked the book What can I say He was pretty self reflective about writing about Africa and how to deal with the ooga booga of otherness and privilege It
I can see why other reviewer s might not have liked the author and thus not the book For me, I felt like he was largely transparent about his shortcomings And the book is just so fascinating and well written that I didn t mind not wanting to be his best friend He always chooses the exact right verb And this is a relatively easy to read book that explains an entire region at war I ve always admired his newspaper articles because they make foreign countries feel human in a way newspaper articles often don t Here, he continues that I also really enjoyed getting to pull back the curtain to look at how he worke
I ve traveled a fair amount in Africa over the past 9 years, passing through almost a dozen countries That made me wonder would readers who lack that experience love this book as much How could they appreciate how deftly Gettleman communicates so many of the mystery and subtle ironies and beauty of the continent But if you can love a place because someone describes it so astutely, so sensitively, then readers who ve never
Brilliant book A unique love triangle pitting person against purpose, with brief glimpses into American foreign policy across Africa and the Middle East from the eyes of a journalist I cannot recommend it enough Not only did I find the memoir so moving I sent an excessively long email to the author, Jeffrey Gettleman 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting and Chief of the East Africa Bureau

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival
  • Jeffrey Gettleman
  • English
  • 06 July 2019
  • 9780062284105