First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life, by Eve Brown-Waite
Whew. That's a title and a half, isn't it?
Thankfully, the book isn't near as long-winded as the title. First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is the lighthearted account of the author's overseas mis-adventures.
Eve, like many young women of her generation, loved the idea of overseas adventure with the Peace Corps. The reality, however, was far different from the recruitment posters.
After falling head over heels in love with her Peace Corps recruiter, Eve decides to nab her man by bravely leaving modern American conveniences (like running water) behind and heading off to Ecuador to save the world.
As much humor as Eve injects into her story, it is an illuminating glimpse into the chaos and isolation of the Peace Corps volunteers. Eve, in fact, does not make it through to the end of her two year volunteer contract. She medicals out at the end of a year after a fellow volunteer is raped in Ecuador and returned to the U.S. unable to complete her stint.
Eventually, she marries her Peace Corps recruiter, but her sense of failure won't go away. So when her new husband gets a job in Uganda, Eve puts on a brave face and heads for the wilds of Africa to prove that she can succeed in a third-world country. And succeed she does, but not in the ways she expected.
Her humorous stories of assimilation keep a smile on the reader's face and are a reminder to BE GRATEFUL FOR LIVING IN A DEVELOPED COUNTRY.
All in all, a charming book.
Now someone get me a double-mocha-no-fat-latte. With sprinkles.
So who amongst you is harboring an inner adventure? Tell A Reader's Respite about your wildest travel adventure and you'll be entered to win your own copy of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria. A random winner (international peeps, too!) will be chosen on June 12th, so be sure to check back and see if you won!
Title: First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria
Author: Eve Brown-Waite
Date: April 14, 2009
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