Monday, June 6, 2011

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories by Susi Wyss

Susi Wyss unites a great collection of stories with varying perspectives. As an American, it was very fascinating to read the rational depictions of foreign aid workers and how they are perceived by African citizens. These stories present Africa without the sensationalism, offering stories of day by day living. Even the writing itself is modest, attempting to simply describe what is, allowing the reader to fill in the blank spaces. These women feel very real and natural and I can picture them now, living their lives in Africa. The differences in culture between the Author and the women are evident but not as acute as some reviewers have made them out to be. I enjoyed these stories and thought they were wonderful.

4 Stars

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