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Village of Waiting

ISBN-10: 0374527806
ISBN-13: 9780374527808
Edition: 2001
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Description: Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in the village of Lavieacute;  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in the village of Lavieacute; (the name means "wait a little more") in tiny and underdeveloped Togo, Packer reveals his own schooling at the hands of an unforgettable array of townspeople--peasants, chiefs, charlatans, children, market women, cripples, crazies, and those who, having lost or given up much of their traditional identity and fastened their hopes on "development," find themselves trapped between the familiar repetitions of rural life and the chafing monotony of waiting for change.

George Packer is an American writer, teacher, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He was also a writing instructor at Harvard, Bennington, and Emerson Universities. Packer was born on August 13, 1960, in Santa Clara, California. Packer's experience with the Peace Corps helped him write the book The Village is Waiting. He has also written The Half Man, Central Square and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. He was a supporter of the Iraq war. He was a finalist for the 2004 Michael Kelly Award. In 2013, Packer's work of nonfiction entitled, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, won the U.S. National Book Award.

Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at "The New Yorker", lives in New York City. His last book, "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda" (FSG, 1998), won the National Book Critics Circle & Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

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