The Village of Waiting

The Village of Waiting

Book - 2001
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Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in the village of Lavié (the name means "wait a little more") in tiny and underdeveloped Togo, Packer reveals his own schooling at the hands of an unforgettable array of townspeople--peasants, chiefs, charlatans, children, market women, cripples, crazies, and those who, having lost or given up much of their traditional identity and fastened their hopes on "development," find themselves trapped between the familiar repetitions of rural life and the chafing monotony of waiting for change.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001
Edition: 1st Farrar, Straus, Giroux ed
ISBN: 9780374527808
0374527806
Branch Call Number: 966.8104092 P1197v 2001
Characteristics: xvii, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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