The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia

The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia

by P. F. Kluge

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In this account of novelist Kluge's return to Micronesia where he once served as a Peace Corps volunteer, he examines how the American presence has ruined an island paradise. Drawn back by the death (an apparent suicide) of Lazarus Salii, the president of the tiny Republic of Belau, for whom he had once written speeches, Kluge finds in Salii's demise an allegory of all the evils that have befallen Micronesia in the past two decades. Unfortunately, Kluge focuses entirely on the island elite. As a result, his conclusions are skewed because he fails to reflect everyday life in present-day Micronesia. His vivid, moving prose notwithstanding, he does not do justice to his subject. For travel and international affairs collections.-- Glenn Peterson, Baruch Coll . , CUNY
Paper edition reprint of a 1991 publication (Random House). The author, a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia in 1967, recounts his journey back a generation later, providing an intimate view of the paradox of cultural imperialism. No scholarly trappings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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