A Dancer in the Dust

A Dancer in the Dust

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk-management adviser was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in a newly independent African state of Lubanda. When a friend from his time in Africa is found murdered in a New York alley, Ray is forced to reconsider his year of living dangerously. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved. Martine is a white native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. But Ray's failure to Martine's commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780802122728
Branch Call Number: COO
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 14, 2014

Nuanced look at the Western need to "give" to those deemed less fortunate than the first world. Worth reading

athompson10 Oct 01, 2014

Through the eyes of a naive American narrator, this book takes a hard look at what Western 'charity' does to African nations, and how the best of intentions can have unintended and disastrous consequences. Some of the flashbacks get a little confusing - the narrator goes back and forth among present day, a month ago, three months ago and twenty years ago. A solid, sad book worth reading.

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