Nine Hills to Nambonkaha

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha

Two Years in the Heart of An African Village

Book - 2003
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A portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change
When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in Nambonkaha, she became the first Caucasian to venture there since the French colonialists. But even though she was thousands of miles away from the United States, completely on her own in this tiny village in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, she did not feel like a stranger for long.
As her vivid narrative unfolds, Erdman draws us into the changing world of the village that became her home. Here is a place where electricity is expected but never arrives, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women grinding corn with pestles rings out in the mornings like church bells. Rare rains provoke bathing in the streets and the most coveted fashion trend is fabric with illustrations of Western cell phones. Yet Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, where children work like adults while still managing to dream.
Lyrical and topical, Erdman's beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2003.
ISBN: 9780805073812
Characteristics: xi, 322 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 13, 2011

A well-written book by an observant and intelligent author. The details provided by her on both the physical world she was immersed in and the human-behavior exhibited by its inhabitants were outstanding. The images I conjured up while reading this made it feel like I was reviewing my own travel journal. Unfortunately like all good things, her two year stay in the north of the Ivory Coast had to come to an end.

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