Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa

Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa

by Tanya Shaffer
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Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating true stories of the dark continent
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Review on their critique of this book. I believe this author to be a totally self-asorbed, people and places experimenter, who quickly tires of her experiments and experiences. She finishes nothing and hurts many while trying to make sure she doesn't miss any possibility of feeling or experience. She claimed to research her travels before going but is totally unprepared by the third world realities of living in poverty. Stay away from this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this book and I was completely entranced by it. Shaffer's voice is so fresh, so wry, so funny and candid that she won me over instantly! Her African adventures, first as a volunteer and then as a solo traveler, bring her into contact with Africans and foreigners from all walks of life. The depth of her connection to these individuals, and the way she captures the complex personal dynamics that arise between people of different cultural and economic backgrounds really sets this apart from other travel narratives I have read. Each person she met became so real to me that I found myself missing them when I put down the book. She is also a great storyteller: her narrative is filled with suspense and surprises that kept me turning the pages, eager to learn what happened next. Underneath all that was her ongoing struggle about what it means to be a person from the 'developed' world traveling in the 'developing' world. I laughed, I was moved, I questioned, and I learned a lot about Africa in the process. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had such a great time reading this book! As a traveler, I related to the joys, trials, and confusions of being a person from the U.S. traveling in the 'developing' world. The connections Shaffer makes with the people she meets are deep, real, and complicated. I laughed out loud many times while I was reading this, but it was the pathos of the individual stories that stayed with me long after I put the book down.