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[[ Read Kindle ]] ì The Camel Bookmobile ë Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr Seuss to far flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease Her intentions are honorable, and her rules are firm due to the limited number of donated books, if any one of them is not returned, the bookmobile will not returnBut, encumbered by her Western values, Fi does not understand the people she seeks to help And in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile s presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways This was a very interesting story based on a real life experience A librarian wanting to dothan work in a library and shush children applies for a job in Africa in order to deliver books by camel to villages that would otherwise not ever be able to have access to books However, because the books are scarce, if any books are lost or damaged the camel bookmobile will not return to that village.The book deals with issues of whether bringing books to a people who still depend on the earth an This was a very interesting story based on a real life experience A librarian wanting to dothan work in a library and shush children applies for a job in Africa in order to deliver books by camel to villages that would otherwise not ever be able to have access to books However, because the books are scarce, if any books are lost or damaged the camel bookmobile will not return to that village.The book deals with issues of whether bringing books to a people who still depend on the earth and believe that drought must be the fault of the tribe or someone in it rather than an effect of the weather will change that people for the better or destroy their lifestyle in an attempt to educate them Very interesting ideas.The ending was a little jarring though in the sense that the author had set everything up to go one way and then went in the total opposite direction and then just left it there when the book ended It did serve to illustrate her point that life goes on for these people in the way it always did and the books did not change anything although there was potential A downside of living abroad in a country with a different language is that the selection of books in English is always minimal Searching through the raggedy shelves at hostels or tourist oriented cafes becomes a treasure hunt Finding a copy 1984 Elation Finding out that it is in German Back to the shelves All of which is to say, I didn t pick up this book on purpose But I finished it because a lack of other options.If you want a book where you can lose track of how often African is used A downside of living abroad in a country with a different language is that the selection of books in English is always minimal Searching through the raggedy shelves at hostels or tourist oriented cafes becomes a treasure hunt Finding a copy 1984 Elation Finding out that it is in German Back to the shelves All of which is to say, I didn t pick up this book on purpose But I finished it because a lack of other options.If you want a book where you can lose track of how often African is used as an adjective, this is the book for you An entirely heavy handed account of a na ve do gooder in Kenya, and the unintentional consequences responses to her portable library I admire Ms Hamilton s desire to show thecomplex side of development, but to literally have a board meeting where the corporate sponsors declare they only wanted good press and don t actually care This total lack of subtlety runs through the entire book, taking what could have been an interesting premise into a rather dull and flat story Have you ever gotten so angry after reading a book that you wanted to 1 throw it out of a moving car 2 tear all the pages into itsy bitsy pieces or 3 make a effigy of the author with the pages of the book and burn it Okay, the Camel Bookmobile was not terrible The writing wasn t bad The characters weren t off putting The story wasn t unpleasant And yet it made me so angry That s because it could have been so muchI picked up this book at a second hand bookstore while on holiday an Have you ever gotten so angry after reading a book that you wanted to 1 throw it out of a moving car 2 tear all the pages into itsy bitsy pieces or 3 make a effigy of the author with the pages of the book and burn it Okay, the Camel Bookmobile was not terrible The writing wasn t bad The characters weren t off putting The story wasn t unpleasant And yet it made me so angry That s because it could have been so muchI picked up this book at a second hand bookstore while on holiday and it held so much of promise A book about a American librarian travelling to remotest Africa to bring literature to nomadic tribes It seems magic It could have taken us on a journey of what it is like to read a book for the first time It could have been about the experience of children learning to read or even understanding what books are It could gone deeper and explored the idea of what rural communities can teach the western world i.e., the importance of traditional knowledge systems It could have asked the question of whether books and written stories have resulted in the loss of powerful memories that would have existed had we favoured oral story telling instead This book fell flat on all accounts The characters were half baked and never reached their full potential a lazy author perhaps The story started to revolved around a contrived romance between the American and the African and all the depth went flying out the window The most interesting characters were tangential and ended up only sneaking their heads into the story to make way for said contrived romance The ending felt as though someone told the author that she needs to end with a bang so she decided that a bang meant flatten out all the life from the story Flat That s the one word I would use to describe this book Disappointing, unfulfilling, contrived, and amateurish, are a few other words Also, can someone please tell me what was the deal with all the mosquito references These were scattered throughout the book, at the beginning of every chapter but it didn t tie in to the story even if I stretched my metaphorical and figurative muscles to their max FYI I m from Africa and mosquitoes are not the defining characteristic of this continent Fiona Sweeney is a librarian who accepts a job with a charitable foundation to bring books to remote villages in Africa, promoting literacy among the tiny, far flung communities of northeastern Kenya These settlements are impoverished, lacking roads or schools, and the people s lives are steeped in tradition and superstition Because the donated books are limited in number and the settlements are many, the library has initiated a tough fine if anyone fails to return a book, the bookmobile will Fiona Sweeney is a librarian who accepts a job with a charitable foundation to bring books to remote villages in Africa, promoting literacy among the tiny, far flung communities of northeastern Kenya These settlements are impoverished, lacking roads or schools, and the people s lives are steeped in tradition and superstition Because the donated books are limited in number and the settlements are many, the library has initiated a tough fine if anyone fails to return a book, the bookmobile will stop coming.Talk about a clash of cultures What use is reading Tom Sawyer, or a how to book on raising children to these people They don t understand the references, can t imagine why someone would paint a fence, and have no place to buy ANY formula let alone a variety of formulas These are the arguments that the local African officials make, trying to dissuade Fiona from persisting in taking the caravan of camels to the villages And yet, the reality is that there are stories that inspire and pique interest Some of the residents see good in learning to read and dream of going to the city to further their education Of course, others are certain that the drought is a punishment for their reaching beyond their borders, or allowing the bookmobile to come to them in the first place That clash of cultures was what was most interesting to me in the book But Hamilton also includes a couple of relationships that become somewhat entangled in the story This took the book in a direction I wasn t expecting and found somewhat dissatisfying