Overview

Paul Rippey lived in Africa for twenty years with his wife and four children through coups d'état in four countries, many weird diseases, and lots of inconvenience. He captures some of the flavor of this time in this book of sixteen short chapters written in Conakry Guinea, where most of the stories take place.

The stories tell of traditional magic involving a donkey's anus; the Frenchman who had to wrestle with a devil and stuff him into a ...
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The Cow of Gueckedou

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Overview

Paul Rippey lived in Africa for twenty years with his wife and four children through coups d'état in four countries, many weird diseases, and lots of inconvenience. He captures some of the flavor of this time in this book of sixteen short chapters written in Conakry Guinea, where most of the stories take place.

The stories tell of traditional magic involving a donkey's anus; the Frenchman who had to wrestle with a devil and stuff him into a bottle; a cow that exploded in the middle of the night into a taxi full of unhappy passengers; a bag full of human heads that upset overzealous customs officials; and Paul's experiments with the powder-that-makes-you-disappear-in-one-place-and-reappear-instantly-someplace-else.

Every story is true, and people who have lived in West Africa who read these stories often smile and say things like, “Yes, exactly! Something just like that happened to me one time!” (On the other hand, people who have no experience with West Africa tend to think the stories are bizarre fiction.)

Among contemporary works on Africa, it is safe to say that Cow of Gueckedou is a lot funnier than Heart of Darkness or King Leopold's Ghost, and has a much happier ending than The Poisonwood Bible. It's a take on life in Africa from someone who loves the continent and its people, and who remembers the absurdity more than the inconvenience of his travels into the interior.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013912021
  • Publisher: Bookbyte Digital
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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