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The Uttermost Parts of the Earth

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"Kwame Johnson, an African-American academic serving a stint as a cultural diplomat, is sent to visit a remote Congo post where an officer is establishing an American cultural center. But the officer has disappeared. Kwame tries to discover what happened, but in vain. He's instructed to set up the center himself. Kwame finds companions among the expats living at his hotel. He expects to marry his white fiancaee in Paris within several months. But the languor of the town undercuts his plan. While attempting to find out about his fellow officer, he befriends Kalima, the beautiful Congolese wife of an expat who has deserted her. She lives with a Nigerian doctor resident at the hotel. She and Kwame begin an affair. The doctor takes this in stride. He and Kwame arrange to share her favors. Danger always lurks in the Congo. For Kwame one danger is romantic and he falls in love with her. Her father objects to this liaison with another "white man" and attempts to disrupt the romance. Unrest from the Rwanda massacres spreads toward Kwame's town, while other characters are assassinated, forcing Kwame and Kalima to become exiles who must discover how to flee the Congo and find refuge elsewhere"--

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"Kwame Johnson, an African-American academic serving a stint as a cultural diplomat, is sent to visit a remote Congo post where an officer is establishing an American cultural center. But the officer has disappeared. Kwame tries to discover what happened, but in vain. He's instructed to set up the center himself. Kwame finds companions among the expats living at his hotel. He expects to marry his white fiancaee in Paris within several months. But the languor of the town undercuts his plan. While attempting to find out about his fellow officer, he befriends Kalima, the beautiful Congolese wife of an expat who has deserted her. She lives with a Nigerian doctor resident at the hotel. She and Kwame begin an affair. The doctor takes this in stride. He and Kwame arrange to share her favors. Danger always lurks in the Congo. For Kwame one danger is romantic and he falls in love with her. Her father objects to this liaison with another "white man" and attempts to disrupt the romance. Unrest from the Rwanda massacres spreads toward Kwame's town, while other characters are assassinated, forcing Kwame and Kalima to become exiles who must discover how to flee the Congo and find refuge elsewhere"-- The Uttermost Parts of the Earth

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Publisher
Permanent Press (NY)
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
344
Author
Frederic Hunter
ISBN-13
9781579625160
Publication Date
February, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.50 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
1579625169

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The heart of Africa is...

The heart of Africa is a different world, and the heart of an African American can quickly lose its way. But Kwame, hoping one last assignment will make him ready for real American life (with a real American wife awaiting his proposal), is determined to find his soul without losing his heart. He finds jungle, dust, spike-headed girls selling their bodies for a pittance, a stranger who knows too much and too little, and a missing employer who hasn't even unpacked the books and movies yet. Kwame's job is to open a library and teach the world, specifically this small part of the world, about America. Kwame's dream is to find his identity and get safely married. And Kwame's reality is by turn scary and zany, filled with temptation and compassion, and suddenly broken by war. Putting the broken pieces back together, revealing himself to himself and others, and forging a path to the future, Kwame's story might be set in the Uttermost Parts of the Earth, but it carries an immediate relevance to the Western world in the present day, where too often we think we know what we don't, we choose the wrong "best" for others and ourselves, and we fail to listen and see. Humanity can be dark and cruel, where African or American, and perhaps the gift is to see both sides of ourselves. The Uttermost Parts of the Earth is sensual, ridiculous, riotously funny, frightening, lyrical, awesomely beautiful and ugly, fascinating, and not an easy read. But it's highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a preview edition by the publisher and I offer my honest review.

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