Zinzin Road by Fletcher Knebel pt.II

Did not like this book one little bit.  The writing was mediocre. The characters were one dimensional. The beauty of Africa never really came through.I really didn’t get feel for living in another culture.  What i did find interesting was the question of where do you draw the line between following your beliefs and not meddling in the local politics. I think this group went way over that line many times.

I am still looking for the Peace Corps book that will do for me what Chinua Achebe’s book did. His book transported me to another culture. I want to read a book that will take me into the lives of the people in the community where the volunteer is serving.

So on to Mango Elephants in the Sun by Susana Herrera.


Zinzin Road by Fletcher Knebel

I am reading the Zinzin Road set in a fictional West African country at the beginning of the Peace Corps.  It will be interesting to see how the PC has changed since the beginning. I think that they may not put volunteers together like they did in the early days.

I have not read the whole book so I will share another’s review and save my opinion until i am done.

The Booklocker  fine books and fine writing by RPCVs.  Check out some of the other books reviewed as well.