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Without going home and looking it up in my copy of The Zinzin Road, Ken Otteson (Liberia 1972-73) emailed, it sure seems like your quote in the last issue came from that novel written by Fletcher Knebel. By the time I was in Liberia in the early 70s, the book was banned, but that didnt stop copies from circulating from one PCV to another.
You got it right, Ken. And you were first to e-mail me. Meredith Dalebout (Niger 198385) came in a close second. Thank you both for responding.
For those who dont know, The Zinzin Road was set in Liberia and based on journalist Fletcher Knebels experience as a Peace Corps evaluator in the early 1960s. There are some RPCVs who think that this is the best Peace Corps novel.
Okay, lets make it a little tougher.
They took us in the Land Rover, Mike and me, with Kim Buck driving. We had planned to leave that morning, as it was a good four hours drive, although it was only about sixty miles from Mbeya. But it had taken us the whole morning just to buy our supplies tins of paraffin oil, as there was no electricity, they had said, packets of tinned meat and vegetables and fruit and bread, as they werent exactly sure what the food situation would be like down there, things for the house like chairs and paint and brushes and nails, a hammer, ropes, string, soap, a basin, a bucket all things I would never have thought to buy but that Mike said were necessary. And then trying to fit it all into the Land Rover, with Kim Buck muttering we were going to be late as hell, giving orders which neither of us could understand, to place this inside the door here, no, not there, and that underneath this and this on top of that . . .
In the July issue of PeaceCorpsWriters.org
A Little Peace Corps History
John Coyne, editor
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