Item description for My Malawi Journal by Bea Buckley...
My Malawi Journal is a travelogue in which the writer narrates her rich experiences of Malawi, a small landlocked country in east central Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer, the author lives with her adopted village family and gains first-hand knowledge of the hard rural life. A simple and chronological account, of the day-to-day activities of the narrator, gives the reader an insight into the widespread poverty and hunger that exists amongst a large population of the world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.87" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Publisher Athena Press Publishing Company
ISBN 1931456488 ISBN13 9781931456487
Reviews - What do customers think about My Malawi Journal?
How not to be an effective, strong, resourceful human being. Jan 22, 2008
In a way, this book is a superb treatise on how to take a miserably short-sighted, self-centric stance in unfamiliar or potentially frightening circumstances. It is a book about how to cling to your native customs and standards of cleanliness; how to forget that you are but a temporary visitor, while the neighbors have no recourse but to endure their conditions for their foreseeable futures. The book describes in frequently minute and often awkwardly-worded detail how to, through a variety of doubtlessly well-intentioned but poorly considered methods, set one's self up for failure. This is a text on how to sweat the small stuff.
I think all travelers have moments when they are appalled, uncertain, sick -- when they simply want to go home. Recalling a few pages from this book goes a long way, in my own moments, towards reminding me how juvenile, small, and unworthy those thought-patterns typically are. Page through this book in the library, if you ever get a chance, and take a moment to internalize a couple of the life lessons the author chose to ignore.
Worthless Oct 28, 2007
If you are interested in the Peace Corps and/or Malawi, avoid this work. Filled with misspellings and completely lacking in content and depth, this book is a waste of time.
Very Poor Account Aug 28, 2004
This book badly needed editing once the inexplicable decision was made to publish it. Buckley does not give us a sense of the history of the country, the political situation, environmental problems or anything else connected to Malawi. Most of the text (laden with exclamation points tagging the most trivial observations) is concerned with the author's intestinal problems; thus the claim that the book is about Malawi is misleading and the title should have been "My Truncated Experiences with the Peace Corps in a Generic African Country." Truly a squandered opportunity.
Peace Corps Failure Dec 19, 2003
Bea Buckley's approaches her Peace Corps experience with trepidation and a kind of self-imposed ageism. Though no doubt well-intentioned, she worries and whines during her few months in Malawi concerned with toothpaste and clean underwear. Only once--this when she is waiting for a ride to the airport to go home after qutting--does she allow herself to see the beauty and possibilities of the country. Whether the Peace Corps failed her by not screening its candidates properly or whether Buckley failed herself hardly matters. Overwhelmed by depression and worries about physical illness, she cannot continue. Her family, for whom she claims this book is written, should never have allowed her to pubish it. The writing is atrocious, needs editing, and the product is not what it claims to be--about the poverty and hunger in a Third World country. It is about a woman who is so self-involved that she cannot see beyond her own minor discomfort (on a bus, with the food, outhouse, darkness, even Athlete's foot!) to allow herself the compassion necessary to identify with those more needy than she. As a reader older than Buckley, I resented her ageism. As a person who has frequently traveled to impoverished countries, I found her desperation (She brushed her teeth with perfumed soap, for heaven's sake!) pathetic.