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Going Up-Country: Travel Essays by Peace Corps Writers

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Going Up Country is the first anthology of travel essays by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. No one knows the back roads, the short roads, the right roads better than Peace Corps Volunteers. Here, in thirteen never-before-published essays, these authors recount their travel experiences in far corners of the world and on distant shores. These travelers' tales are filled with the spirit of adventure, with honesty, and with laughter. These authors are the descendants of Conrad, Twain, Orwell, Greene, and scores of ...
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Overview

Going Up Country is the first anthology of travel essays by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. No one knows the back roads, the short roads, the right roads better than Peace Corps Volunteers. Here, in thirteen never-before-published essays, these authors recount their travel experiences in far corners of the world and on distant shores. These travelers' tales are filled with the spirit of adventure, with honesty, and with laughter. These authors are the descendants of Conrad, Twain, Orwell, Greene, and scores of others, expatriates and wanderers all, who have enriched our literature. In "Jumping into the Rainbow," Richard Wiley relays his experience on a weekend photo safari in Kenya, where he's able to astonish and surprise a group of lost Japanese tourists by both speaking their language and offering them much-needed directions. In "Piquing the Spirits," author Mary-Ann Tirone Smith agrees to take a film location scout up Mt. Cameroon but finds he is appalled at her selection of mountain guides - a fourteen-year-old boy who brings along his five-year-old sister - and their supplies - a tin of Danish ham and twelve cookies. And Bob Shacochis offers readers a survey of the best Caribbean beaches well off the tourist route in "Beauty and the Beach." These essays will get you up and packing for your next adventure or urge you to snuggle down deeper in a comfortable chair and keep reading.

An anthology of travel writing about distant corners of the world. These previously unpublished pieces of fascinating journeys to exotic places were written expressly for this book by Bob Shacochis, Richard Wiley, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, P.F. Kluge, and Joanne Omang, among others.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A number of former Peace Corps volunteers have become proficient writers, by evidence of the 13 here who record their current perspectives when returning to the countries where they had served: Ecuador, Kenya, Peru, Somalia, Japan, Grenada, Senegal, Mexico, Cameroon, Hungary and Tanzania. Almost all of these intimate, knowledgeable pieces are about the people of villages that are far from being tourist meccas, and even the delightful survey of the most seductive beaches in Granada by novelist and GQ columnist Bob Shacochis is more than a depiction of a sun-and-seascape. Short story writer Kathleen Coskran gives a moving account of hospitable villagers in Kenya; novelist Mary-Ann Tirone Smith wittily sends up a Hollywood scout whom she and two natives take on a climb to the top of Mt. Cameroon. The collection, edited by Coyne, the editor of the Peace Corps newsletter RPCV Writers & Readers , is enchanting and a testament to the empathy and understanding of other cultures that the Corps has engendered in these authors. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Thirteen former Peace Corps volunteers share their past experiences abroad in this collection of essays. Their individual writing styles and elucidating narratives capture the Zeitgeist , culture, and personality of a variety of locations. One writer returns to Tanzania to search for students he taught three decades earlier. Another recounts a journey sitting aboard a crated lion on a trade truck in Somalia. Whether the authors describe their adventures tackling Mount Cameroon, observing Kenyan life in a small village, participating in Mexican festivals, or rediscovering Japan, the reader will delight in the detailed observations and the evident enthusiasm of the writers on their journeys. This compendium offers slice-of-life accounts from various time periods and a diverse choice of locations, which allow one to explore vicariously, yet briefly, a destination through the eyes of seasoned travelers. For popular collections.-- Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario
Booknews
Contains 13 contributions about experiences on five continents. No scholarly trappings. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684196299
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Peace Corps Traveler 1
On the Piranha Trail with Russell and Kurtz (Ecuador) 5
Jumping into the Rainbow (Kenya) 33
From Inca to Inka Kola (Peru) 57
Shifta (Somalia) 75
On Recovering Kyoto (Japan) 91
To Spend the Night Laughing (Senegal) 117
South of Gringolandia (Mexico) 141
Piquing the Spirits (Cameroon) 173
Beauty and the Beach (Grenada) 199
Mwembe's Woman (Kenya) 217
School of Exiles (Hungary) 241
Mbeya Dreaming (Tanzania) 259
Notes for My Next Trip to the Islands (Micronesia) 291
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