!!> Reading ➽ The Camel Bookmobile ➶ Author Masha Hamilton – Buyphenergan500.us

The Camel BookmobileFiona 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 Return.But, 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.

!!> Reading ➽ The Camel Bookmobile ➶ Author Masha Hamilton – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Camel Bookmobile
  • Masha Hamilton
  • English
  • 08 March 2017
  • 9780753823828

    10 thoughts on “!!> Reading ➽ The Camel Bookmobile ➶ Author Masha Hamilton – Buyphenergan500.us


  1. says:

    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 the complex 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 su...


  2. says:

    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 ...


  3. says:

    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 much I 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 ...


  4. says:

    Certain books are allowed to be less than perfect For example, any book about librarians or book collecting or even writing is such a welcome publishing event that I give it some slack just the mere fact that someone decided to choose these as subjects is enough to allow the author some latitude The Camel Bookmobile, consequently, I have let the belt out a couple of notches The writing is acceptable The characters shimmy up against stereotype here and there The author lets the genuine details appear now and then and the book shines I worried through the first few chapters, concerned the author was trying to make a point, change the world, but she got bigger as the novel moved along and showed both the dark and the light The chief libr...


  5. says:

    Big disappointment Interesting premise, but so poorly written She includes some neat proverbs here and there, but the book as a whole has a cardboardy feel the sort of formulaic writing of a cheap romance At times they even start s...


  6. says:

    Fiona Sweeney is an American librarian with a desire to do something with her life, something that matters Her family has always been rooted in the same New York neighborhood, but Fi isn t content to stay rooted Instead, she decides to take a job in Kenya, helping to start a traveling library The library takes books, by camel, to different tribes of people throughout the bush of northeastern Kenya The people of Mididima have differing feelings about the traveling books Matani was sent away by his father to be educated in Nairobi, and he returned to teach the children of Mididima However, most of the people of Mididima do not share his values or appreciation for books and learning They believe that by learning to read the stories are lost because people do not make an effort to keep them in their brains to retell them orally The elders know that the paper can be destroyed, but if the story is in one s brain, it cannot go away, it cannot be lost.Many of the people of Mididima want the library to stop coming altogether And when Taban, a.k.a Scar Boy, does not return his library books, an action that is strictly forbidden, chaos erupts in the community.I fell in love with The Camel Bookmobile on page one, paragraph one.One of the strengths of this novel is Hamilton s efforts to take the reader inside ...


  7. says:

    This book was stirred in my memory today I m sure it s been over five years since I read it, and I remember enjoying it Now after reading some of the reviews here on GRs, I m thinking maybe I ought to read it again Not many people care for it So you ar...


  8. says:

    Sadly this was as good as I thought it would be The plot was slow , the characters didn t really make me care for what happened to them.


  9. says:

    Not an awful book but definitely not one to keep or recommend The main story was just ok and I wanted to know how it turned out but I did not enjoy the individual stories and I didn t care for the characters None of the characters were well developed I always felt as if they were a bit unfocused and there wasn t enough for me to grab on to The book follows an American, Fi, to Africa as she volunteers to guide a new library program that sends books out to the villages on the African plains The books and people travel to the villages via camel, therefore its the Camel Bookmobile We meet many of the residents of one village and bounce back and forth between them with every chapter I don t even recommend this one as a light in between book I was left with questions than answers and it definitely didn t leave me satisfied SPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERS I thought the ending sucked Royally We were left with wide open stories with no ending I get that everything can t be a happy ending but this one was very disappointing What happened to Taban What happened to Kanika w...


  10. says:

    This was a very interesting story based on a real life experience A librarian wanting to do than 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 ...

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