Reviewed 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!