Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

by Sarah Erdman
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Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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I agree with all of the previous reviewers. This wonderful book is beautifully written and opens up a world that most of us know so little about.
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I got this book for free for participating at a country fare..which i only did for a guy but anyway... Sarah Erdman(sp) the author was a guest speaker and actually read a couple of pieces...hearing her voice really gave life to the book. If you are a pessimist or have a mentality against a group portrayed here (as my dad) then you're going to hate it. But if you are open minded and love to be transported into other places while still enjoying the beauty of human emotions, customs, and vivid imagery...then it is going to be one of the top picks on your shelf. I have had this book for almost a year and a half now and have read and reread it many times not only for joy reading but also as a first person account in my research. Another feature that i love about the book is that i can open the book at any part and it will still make perfect sence...great for people with not a whole lot of time or on the go. Overall it kind of reminds me of an anthology of different experiences. I LOVE this book...and I have great respect for Ms. Erdman. ULTIMATE FAVOURITE
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book about Africa seen from the angle of the African village. It is very descriptive and makes it possible for the reader to relate to the story. This is the right book for those who have the desire to know about African life and the culture of the people. Coming from an outsider's view of Africa, one gets amazed by the insightful nature of it. A recommended read .You can also read THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES, NO LONGER AT EASE, TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, MANGO ELEPHANTS IN THE SUN. I enjoyed reading these African stories because the opened my eyes to a lot of things about Africa I knew little about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several works by former Peace Corps members before and this was one of, if not the, best. The author allowed the African village to teach her, and rather than relating her opinions to readers, she more or less relates the lessons of the African village. She largely ignore most of the political talk related to Africa, and instead focused on the very specific needs and issues of this community. It was an excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid travel-essay reader - just an average person who loves to be transported to different places. Sarah Erdman's book was enjoyable, and I learned of an area I had actually never heard of! The book moved along a bit slow, but I believe it was her first - nonetheless, you keep turning the pages to see what she experiences next. I really liked it
Guest More than 1 year ago
            Prepare yourself for an amazing trip to Africa when you pick up Sarah Erdman¿s book, Nine Hills To Nambonkaha, because her vibrant descriptions make you feel as though you are truly there. Erdman¿s account of her two years spent in the small village of Nambonkaha in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer is filled with joy, challenges, and many friendships. Her love of people shines brightly through her countless hours of work, in which she tries very hard to make life better for a culture struggling with poverty, corruption, death, and AIDS. Even with all these hardships, Erdman finds the true beauties in this minute village, and she wonderfully shares her experience of a lifetime in her book Nine Hills to Nambonkaha.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha is a truly amazing story of a woman, Sarah Erdman, who goes to Sub-Saharan Africa to try educate the local people of things such as AIDS, the proper way to care for newborns, and many other things. Although Erdman has to bring in western science to do this, she first becomes friends with the locals and earns their trust. Then, with the Peace Corps behind her, Erdman teaches the people of Nambonkaha things they never knew. Erdman's delicious story opens your eyes to what is REALLY going on in the world - not just what we think is happening. I recommend Nine Hills to Nambonkaha to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was instantly transported to the northern ivory coast of Africa. Sara Erdman, a young Peace Corp volunteer is assigned to the market village of Nambonkaha. The rarity of this woman's work however is that instead of trying to force her Western ways onto the villagers she takes time to find her niche among the people and become accepted. Then slowly, with the help from the local male nurse, Sideb and his wife Abi, she introduces basic health care and uses the villagers own traditions and culture to attract the mothers and babies to her clinic. She instructs the cautious but curious mothers in nutrition, diseases, birth control, etc and gets them excited about the Healthy Baby Contest where they bring there babies each month to be weighed. Ms. Erdman's language is poetic and flowing with a wonderful natural enthusiasm and love of these people who she has befriended along with the ability to laugh at herself. Her characters are portrayed in all of their humanity including their beliefs and despair. She helps us to understand the terrible situation facing West Africa with the spread of AIDS and we witness the birth of babies and their death from AIDS. There is also extreme poverty for the tribe's people while the upper class has plenty of money. I would highly recommend this book and hope that it finds it's audience as this is a life worth reading about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was touching and refreshingly personal. Sarah struggles with issues familiar to all development workers ¿ ¿How do I instigate behavioral change now that I have disseminated the information?¿ She doesn¿t have the answers, but some insights, which only come from living so closely with a community. She shares these thoughts and the people of the village with her reader, avoiding clichés and stereotypes. As a former student of economics and having worked in community development overseas, I feel that this book is must read for individuals in these fields. Sarah lets you in the secret obstacles to capitalism not found in textbooks and defines the role of a successful development worker ¿ bringing out the best of those in the community so that ¿progress¿ comes from within, not from a temporary outsider. Of course, I would highly recommend this book to prospective Peace Corps volunteers, or those who have always wished they had volunteered as well; you will truly be transported to Nambonkaha, Côte d¿Ivoire.