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Water and Witchcraft - Three Years in Malawi [NOOK Book]

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Water and Witchcraft recalls the travails and triumphs of providing drinking water to villagers in rural Malawi. In an African land where little goes as planned, gracious locals and quirky foreigners pit their wits against witchcraft, sickness and questionable managers to improve the lives of remote families. The results are rich and unusual. This story recalls the author's years spent working throughout Malawi. For more information about T. Mullen's books check out ...
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Overview

Water and Witchcraft recalls the travails and triumphs of providing drinking water to villagers in rural Malawi. In an African land where little goes as planned, gracious locals and quirky foreigners pit their wits against witchcraft, sickness and questionable managers to improve the lives of remote families. The results are rich and unusual. This story recalls the author's years spent working throughout Malawi. For more information about T. Mullen's books check out www.RoundwoodPress.com.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - Jim Conallen
A delightful read! Tom has managed to capture the spirit and culture of this little impoverished nation as it was in the early nineties. Each chapter contains thought provoking insights into what it is like to immersed in a culture where you are a 'volunteer'; little more than a peer of the Malawians who are relentlessly making their way through life, while at the same time dealing with the international aid donors and their western view of what things should be.

Amazon.com - N. Usher
I served in the Peace Corps in Malawi. Tom Mullen has done an incredible job of capturing all aspects of that experience; the beauty, the warmth and graciousness of the Malawians, the incredible challenges, frustrations, and spirit of what is was like to live and learn in this beautiful, flawed, and impoverished, place.

Tom recounts his experience as a young engineer who has to grapple with some incredibly difficult design issues and fatal flaws of his assigned project. His task is
Amazon.com - Lisa Hazard
I really enjoyed this book about the Peace Corps in Malawi. I learned a lot and it was fun to read!
Amazon.com - Patricia Rempen
This is a great book - I've been recommending it to everyone, interested in Africa or not!
What a story, and the characters are bigger than life, from Gondwe who excels in the "art of sideline income" to Alabama Dave, to the poignancy of the villagers who were NOT evicted from their homes, to details about how work in Africa works. And how it doesn't. It mentions the hard parts about living in Africa, without dwelling too long on them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016718118
  • Publisher: Roundwood Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Series: African Raindrop Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,055,763
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

T. Mullen was born in sunny St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and then moved to the suburbs north of Chicago, where he lived until he was seven. His family then moved to Ireland, which became home base for the next eighteen years.

He studied architectural and civil engineering as well as business administration and spent fifteen years working outside the U.S. as a consultant regarding water resource and environmental projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Spending half his life in the U.S. and half outside influenced the topics Mullen writes about - including travel, history, and cultural clashes.

He has written several magazine articles related to environmental issues and has also written a few books, including Wine and Work - People Loving Life, as well as Rivers of Change - Trailing the Waterways of Lewis and Clark.

For more about T.Mullen and his books, check out www.RoundwoodPress.com.
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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    I laughed. I cried. Africa gets in your soul. I know this hav

    I laughed. I cried. Africa gets in your soul. I know this having grown up in East and West Africa with a father working in agriculture and livestock development projects. Mullen's poignant tale evokes the sights and scents of Africa for me. He portrays the trials and tribulations as well as the rewards and personal growth with his well written prose. Having never been to Malawi, he has given me a tremendous sense of the beauty of the country and its people. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Blackbird

    She sorted her herbs and made her nest and put the extra moss next to the pool in her den then fell asleep(gtgtb see ya tom.....)~Blackbird

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