I read the book White Man’s Grave by Richard Dooling. It is a fiction book that was recommended in the previous book I read, Serving With Eyes Wide Open. This will be a brief book review because it’s fiction and hard to explain without giving away too much about the setting.
The setting of the book is Sierra Leone where Michael Killigan, a PeaceCorps member has gone missing. The Point of View of the book is from the perspective of Michael’s friend who goes trekking out into the bush of Sierra Leone to try and find his friend, and also from the perspective of Killigan’s Dad, a wealthy hot-shot lawyer working his connections from the United States to try and find his son.
The book does a really good job of teaching you about the culture and perspective of the native people in the bush of Sierra Leone (though Dooling notes at the end that it is still a work of fiction, based on anthropological studies and his own experience living in the country). I won’t explain the twists, but I will say that it does an excellent job of raising some interesting critiques of our ‘American’ culture.
It’s a family weekend, so I’m going to end this here, but if your interested in a decent fiction book, White Man’s Grave is worth the read.