• Title: In the Belly of the Elephant
  • Author: Susan Corbett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the Belly of the Elephant Everybody needs to run away from home at least once Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world but really she was running running from her home as much as to anywhere Like many women sh
    Everybody needs to run away from home at least once Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world, but really she was running running from her home as much as to anywhere Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life or for a good man to share it with In Africa, she hoped to find both Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant isEverybody needs to run away from home at least once Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world, but really she was running running from her home as much as to anywhere Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life or for a good man to share it with In Africa, she hoped to find both Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant is Susan s transformative story of what happens when you decide to try to achieve world peace while you re searching for a good man More than a fish out of water story, it s a surprising and heart rending account of her time in Africa trying to change the world as she battles heat, sandstorms, drought, riots, intestinal bugs, burnout, love affairs and than one meeting with death Against a backdrop of vivid beauty and culture, in a narrative interwoven with a rich tapestry of African myths and fables, Susan learns the true simplicity of life, and discovers people full of kindness, wisdom and resilience, and shares with us lessons we, too, can learn from her experiences.

    One Reply to “In the Belly of the Elephant”

    1. I love reading memoirs like this, because you get to live a life that you otherwise would never be able to. Whether you're reading about Boston in the 60's and 70's, living in war-torn Germany in the 40's, or Africa as a missionary, it's always just so fascinating to me. To live so humbly, where an American $1 can feed a family of 6 for a month, is just amazing.(as always with memoirs, sometimes I have a hard time distinguishing from reviewing the author's life, to reviewing the actual book)Thes [...]

    2. I very much enjoyed this memoir of Ms. Corbett's adventures in Africa as part of the Peace Corps. Her writing draws you into the book immediately with the prologue, which was heartbreaking.You can very much envision and feel Africa as you read, as well as the emotions of the author herself as she deals with the people she is trying to help, with the friends she makes there, with her own love life, as well as family that are less than supportive in her endeavors.It should be noted that this is ve [...]

    3. 4.5 stars really.It was such a compelling memoir of a story that I don't think I would ever be brave enough to live myself. I can't imagine working so hard to do such marvellous things with so little support from the people you love. The story brought me from laughter to tears and back around again, and I was only reading the story not living it. But the beauty of the writing and poetic descriptions let me believe they were my memories too.The story is very inspiring when you stand back and look [...]

    4. This was a memoir that will really keep you invested the entire time. The author does a great job of drawing on experiences with the culture to add to the detail and make the novel authentic. I think that overall the thing that I took with me from this novel was the fact that there is still good in people and humanity. Often times in the news you only see the bad and I think that this novel really helps instill hope in the future of mankind. This really does shine a light on the life that these [...]

    5. What an enjoyable book! Because of her talent for imagery, I was able to experience every adventure with Susan (the author and main character of the book).I was with her in mud huts, military take overs, helplessly holding sick children, saving lives, romantic - and sometimes unromantic - encounters. I felt the angst that comes with wanting to achieve two divergent dreams in life: saving the world in Africa and starting a family in the U.S. Artfully woven within her candid stories is African fol [...]

    6. In the Belly of the Elephant is one of the best books I read in many years. Reading this book I visited Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and the descriptions are so good that I could smell the country and participate in various trips, meet people in different communities and enjoy beautiful landscapes.Book is replete with many poetic description and rich language. Susan Corbett is the very talented writer.

    7. I have never personally been to Africa, but I have to admit the environment does intrigue me. I loved that this was a way to get a inside look into how different life can be over seas. Susan Corbett has done a great job of making sure her reader has plenty of descriptive material to imagine the world she is talking about. Her experience feel real and are very compelling. Overall a great memoir, though provoking and deep.

    8. What a powerful novel and powerful voice Susan Corbett has. This was a very real story and it provided plenty of life lessons along the way. This is a heartwrenching story that teaches us that while life throws us major curveballs, we are able to overcoming. Empowering and Thought-Provoking and Enlightening all at once.

    9. Even though I stumbled over many of the African names (people and locations), it in no way detracted from the pure pleasure of reading Ms. Corbett's memoirs of her time volunteering there. Thoroughly enjoyed the read - highly recommend it!

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