Review: Dodging Machetes by Will Lutwick

dodgingmachetesReviewed by Karin

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the era of the Vietnam War. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

It’s a toss up whether it is a memoir or a memoir-cum-novel with a lot of poetic license. Either way it was a lot of fun and quite evocative of the times.

I was given an e-book by the author and LRP. One thing I like with a paper book is the ability to skip ahead, which I can’t do easily with an e-book, so it wasn’t until the end that I learned he wrote the book in a memoir writing class he took in San Francisco.

The book details his time in the Peace Corps in Fiji. He’s changed some names and recreated events and conversations. He meets ‘Rani’, a beautiful Indian woman at work. The Indians did not assimilate into the mixed culture of Fiji at that time, and they had to meet on the sly. Their love affair began very quickly for a protected woman (who dressed in mini skirts.)

It was quite dangerous for them to date, because of honor killings.

Ultimately they marry, and he returns to the US with her. Then he needs to extend his deferment.

I was sorry to learn that he is no longer with her.

If you liked Forrest Gump, you will enjoy this book. I loved it!


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2 thoughts on “Review: Dodging Machetes by Will Lutwick”

  1. Karin,

    I’m so glad you loved “Dodging Machetes,” particularly since this is its first review on a romance novel website. It may surprise some, but true-life forbidden love stories are rarely published. I notice that Love, Romance, Passion features 31 categories of book reviews, but none that cover memoirs. So maybe this review is a first for this website!

    I was hopeful that the book’s candor would actually add to its romantic impact for romance novel fans. And it seems to have worked for you, Karin. After all, if a romance novel fan finds, say, “Fifty Shades of Gray” to be stimulating, imagine how much more impact it would have if it were a true story.

    Thank you for bringing up the important issue of whether “Dodging Machetes” is a memoir or a “memoir cum novel.” There are some general rules of the memoir genre that allow the author to change some details such as the identifying characteristics of the people appearing in the book to protect their anonymity. I also had to recreate dialog since it was many years since the conversations actually took place when I wrote “Dodging Machetes.” I indicate all this in the Author’s Note in the back of the book, along with “I have tried to be true to both the emotions and the details of what actually happened… [Any] changed details are unimportant to the story, the events, or the character compositions.” These are all standard memoir structural guidelines.

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