Love, Africa: Two Roads Home

Love, Africa: Two Roads Home Jeffrey Gettleman
  • Title: Love, Africa: Two Roads Home
  • Author: Jeffrey Gettleman
  • ISBN: 9780062284099
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Love, Africa: Two Roads Home Jeffrey Gettleman Love Africa Two Roads Home A seasoned war correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo For the past decade he has served as the East Africa
    A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice On a do it yourself community service trip in college, he went toA seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice On a do it yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart.But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he d ever met To say they were opposites was an understatement She became a criminal lawyer in America he hungered to return to Africa For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions.A sensually rendered coming of age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far flung adventure, tortuous long distance relationships, screwing up, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.
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    1. The tale of an asshole who has had a fascinating career.

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    2. I was so excited to win this book from the publisher I had been waiting for the book to be published Some of the book reminded me of one of my favorites, A Thousand Hills to Heaven Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda I really enjoyed reading about the authors time in Africa and the various people he met I only gave it three stars because I had a hard time liking the author I don t know if it was intentional but by proclaiming what a narcissistic jerk he was made me not like him even Everythi [...]

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    3. Read this after hearing the author interviewed on Pod Save the World Loved it, although I m biased, as I m a foreigner living in Africa too.

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    4. In July of 1996, I and 21 of my fellow church members traveled to Kenya on a mission trip Aside from short stays in both Nairobi and Mombasa, we spent most of the month in a tiny town called Kibwezi We had running water but no electricity, and because it was 1996, none of us had laptops or cell phones Honestly, it rather boggles my mind that my parents let me go so many thousands of miles away with no ability to make sure I was okay most of the time I totally understand why Gettleman has fallen [...]

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    5. He says that white people in Africa are in 3 M s Missionaries, Misfits, and Mercenaries He says he s neither, but when you make a career and a best selling book on stories of africa, why are you not a mercenary just a different sort I didn t want to read and like a memoir about Africa from a white dude But alas, he s a gifted writer and I liked the book What can I say He was pretty self reflective about writing about Africa and how to deal with the ooga booga of otherness and privilege It was a [...]

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    6. I can see why other reviewer s might not have liked the author and thus not the book For me, I felt like he was largely transparent about his shortcomings And the book is just so fascinating and well written that I didn t mind not wanting to be his best friend He always chooses the exact right verb And this is a relatively easy to read book that explains an entire region at war I ve always admired his newspaper articles because they make foreign countries feel human in a way newspaper articles o [...]

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    7. I traveled to East Africa in 2013 to visit dear friends and fell in love with it I was fascinated by the different cultures in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I was surprised by the crowded metropolis of Kampala, Uganda But I particularly loved Nairobi, Kenya and all its contradictions as it embraced both the traditional and modern I have subscribed to The NY Times for years and have always followed Jeffrey Gettleman s reporting as their East Africa Bureau Chief I enjoyed read this love story of Africa I [...]

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    8. Ok My first question how the hell did this guy win the Pulitzer prize I already did NOT like his reporting in the NYT, which otherwise is generally one of my favourite publications As someone who lives and works in East Africa, his reporting on the continent always seemed a tad paternalistic and simplistic or as he himself so aptly describes it in this book ooga booga African stories This book, however, not only confirms my underlying sentiments about him but takes them to a whole new level Ther [...]

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    9. I ve traveled a fair amount in Africa over the past 9 years, passing through almost a dozen countries That made me wonder would readers who lack that experience love this book as much How could they appreciate how deftly Gettleman communicates so many of the mystery and subtle ironies and beauty of the continent But if you can love a place because someone describes it so astutely, so sensitively, then readers who ve never been to Africa will love Africa at least a bit, after reading it And even [...]

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    10. Brilliant book A unique love triangle pitting person against purpose, with brief glimpses into American foreign policy across Africa and the Middle East from the eyes of a journalist I cannot recommend it enough Not only did I find the memoir so moving I sent an excessively long email to the author, Jeffrey Gettleman 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting and Chief of the East Africa Bureau for the New York Times , but he also responded the same day and it was the most pleasant e [...]

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    11. Spectacular story, spectacular storytelling Get deep into Gettleman s head and deep into the places he goes I can t recommend this book highly enough.

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    12. I can t decide if I like this book or not The author is particularly honest in his telling of his life, which leaves you alternating between hating him and forgiving him as time goes by The horrors of war correspondence and life in Africa are personalized, but little positive is given for balance

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    13. Love, Africa is probably the story you think it is The color scheme of the book s cover, like most books about Africa, is one of a fiery sunset and Gettleman s story sadly perpetuates the West s view of Africa a place of madness, constantly on fire Gettleman writes, the only difference between adventure and tragedy is death In Love, Africa we are reading one man s adventure of writing other people s tragedies The whole book felt a bit trite That said, I was entertained just as one may be enterta [...]

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    14. The pure genius of a recommendation from Audible I just got back from Rwanda and I still experience Africa travel fever And this book has put names on so many moments I experienced If you do love Africa or want to find out why people fall in love with this wonderful continent, read this book It is a life story of a punk young guy who turns into an amazing journalist His life story, approach to life is inspirational and touching His love for Africa is suicidal, eternal and deep His narration is e [...]

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    15. Honestly, this was pretty boring Being fairly ignorant of modern African history, I actually did learn a fair amount from this, but it just made me wish I was actually reading a book on modern African history and not half a book on modern African history half a book on the boring personal life of some asshole.

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    16. Blech I couldn t finish this one I read an op ed by Gettleman, which led me to borrow this book from the library The prologue was intriguing, and I thought I was in for a rollicking memoir Instead, Africa and Africans are only used as cardboard characters that the author brings into focus only as props for his adventures What we re left with is the life story of an entitled white frat boy his father is a federal court judge, for heaven s sake from Cornell who does typical frat boy things on camp [...]

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    17. This book was a fascinating memoir of a New York Times foreign correspondent Mr Gettleman has had an extraordinary career covering many of the world s hot spots between the Mideast and east Africa He shows an intellectual curiosity of the people and places he reports on.He evidently had a severe problem with the whole work live balance thing as a young man, and was driven to cover situations many other people would have run from His attitude left his personal life in shambles, and his continued [...]

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    18. This was brilliant Jeffrey Gettleman gave us a glimpse into his life his carefree childhood, his college years when he was finding himself, and his dangerous but fulfilling profession as a foreign correspondent He gave us the good and the bad, the beautiful and the terrible I have never thought much about Africa, let alone the various countries that comprise it This book really opened my eyes to the beauty and spirit of Africa Definitely a 5 star rating.

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    19. Enjoyed listening to Jeff s story What an amazing adventure Friendship, love, and marriage, interwove with wars, rebels, and kidnappings It s like a movie, characters eventually become your friends.

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    20. He certainly makes no attempt to make himself look good, and spending this much time with someone who sounds fairly unpleasant is sometimes a trial Eventually, though, the stories of his career and travels pick up an interesting momentum.

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    21. I really enjoyed the book as, I imagine, would anyone who daydreams of Africa , but it would be properly titled Love, East Africa given how swiftly the rest of the continent was dispatched in the narrative.

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    22. Jeffery Gettleman, the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief, delivers a powerful and revealing memoir about his love for Africa.You might expect to read swashbuckling tales of Gettleman putting his life at risk in the name of getting a good story Don t worry, you ll get plenty of that.You ll also get a deeply personal book about his other major love his wife, Courtenay Morris Love, Africa reveals how they first met at Cornell University, their long distance struggles, t [...]

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    23. Very good book Well written Kept me interested till the very end And I m not a patient reader Where should I start I ve read other reviews disliking the author Personally, I didn t hate him or dislike him as much I think at times, he obviously wasn t nice to his, then, girlfriend On the other hand, at that time, I don t feel like the relationship had a clear direction He was so far away in war zones, one can only imagine how that feels like I m not excusing him I rather try to understand him He [...]

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    24. To read the prologue is to doubt the title The author recounts being kidnapped, along with his wife, in Ethiopia by government soldiers Many other bad things happen in Africa in the course of this memoir, both to the author and to Africans Yet the love this Illinois raised New York Times foreign correspondent has for his adopted continent can never be doubted.Of his 10 years based in Nairobi, Kenya, up to the point when this book was written, Jeffrey Gettleman explains that he wrote little about [...]

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    25. Good writer and interesting stories, although some will haunt me humans can be horrible and makes me wary of recommending this book to just anyone.

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    26. Update I wanted to finished the book before I listened to Tommy Vietor s interview with the author on Pod Save the World , but it s a must listen In addition to an overview of the book, Tommy and Jeffrey go in depth on some current issues Highly recommend here s the linkMy take on the book itself I ve been wrestling with this book for quite some time I really enjoyed parts of Gettleman s story his early career as a reporter for a local newspaper resonated with me since I hail from a similar back [...]

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    27. A real page turner, at least for the first half Gettleman s writing is lush and savory, his analysis and wartime ability to embed himself with militants on every side from rebels to nationalists to see differing side becomes his long career as a NY Times correspondent I was enthralled, yet sometimes disappointed.What I like about his Africa writing is that he clarifies as much as one can clarify many of the clashes and uprisings and disasters that have occurred on the African continent in the pa [...]

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    28. Incredibly boring and predictable A white boy with no particular depth in Africa s political and social structures who somehow is qualified to be the NY Times Chief Bureau of East Africa recounts exaggerated exotic tales about Africa He relies on the same old stereotypes about the continent from the book cover to the characters and uses Africa as an exciting chaotic site for his ordinary love story.

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    29. This guy is an excellent writer, and I loved reading about Africa and his journalism career there He s about a thousand times adventurous than I was in my own journalistic career My only quibble is that he tells information about his love life than I really wanted to hear He has a right to be proud of himself, but all the personal details made him seem full of himself.

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    30. Could not finish this as the author was such an annoying prat Typical of white boys who fall in love with Africa cringe remember Africa is not a country and then boast about their exploits on getting away with lying and illegal acts based on their USA citizenship Really Take your self absorbed body and do something useful.

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