Letters from Togo

Letters from Togo Blake S Adventurous Essays Are Based On The Letters She Wrote Home To Her Friends While In Lome, Togo, The West African Capital Where She Taught American Literature As Blake Begins The Process Of Making Sense Out Of A Vibrant, Seeming Anarchy, We Are Pulled Along With Her Into The Heart Of Togo A Tiny, Dry Strip Of A Country No One Can Even Find On A Map. In summary Out Of Touch Like a Dorothy who crash lands in Oz and then deems herself an authority on the new land while describing what she sees without ever setting foot out of the house, Blake claims a knowledge of Togo that is superficial and tinged with unintentional racism.Please, please take my advice and read The Village of Waiting by George Packer if you want to learn anything about the realities of everyday Togolese life and culture or the actual history of the country Packer s me In summary Out Of Touch Like a Dorothy who crash lands in Oz and then deems herself an authority on the new land while describing what she sees without ever setting foot out of the house, Blake claims a knowledge of Togo that is superficial and tinged with unintentional racism.Please, please take my advice and read The Village of Waiting by George Packer if you want to learn anything about the realities of everyday Togolese life and culture or the actual history of the country Packe
Blake spent a year in Togo in the mid 80s, teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship Some time after her return to the States, she pulled together letters she d written in that year, revised them, and wrote some new pieces in the same form As such, this is somewhere between memoir and an essay collection certain threads carry through the whole book, but each letter tends to have a specific focus.She s a good writer, and the letters are certainly funny and interesting, but upon finishing t Blake spent a year in Togo in the mid 80s, teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship Some time after her return to the States, she pulled together letters she d written in that year, revised them, and wrote some new pieces in the same form As such, this is somewhere between memoir and an essay collection certain threads carry through the whole book, but each letter tends to have a specific focus.She s a good writer, and the letters are certainly funny and interesting, but upon finishing the book I realised that I know littleabout Togo this being the first book I ve read set in the country than I did going in Much of what she writes about involves expats, or thingscommon to expats than locals, and I can t help but think that her story wouldn t feel very different if Togo we

[BOOKS] ⚡ Letters from Togo  ✯ Susan Blake – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 203 pages
  • Letters from Togo
  • Susan Blake
  • English
  • 06 October 2017
  • 0877453403