Swimming in the Congo

Swimming in the Congo

Margaret Meyers / Dec 09, 2019

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  • Title: Swimming in the Congo
  • Author: Margaret Meyers
  • ISBN: 9781571310064
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Just finished this book. My mom was born and grew up in the Congo in the '40s, the daughter of English missionaries. I was looking for something that might speak to her experiences other than "The Poisonwood Bible", which she hated. I really liked this book: The heroine, Grace, is a typical kid who sees nothing unusual about her life in the Congo, circa 1960s. I found it to be much more balanced than "poisonwood". Not every missionary is evil, not every native is good and noble. But beyond the p [...]

    2. Interesting that I would receive this book, long on my to-read list, just a month or so after reading The Poisonwood Bible. Swimming in the Congo is another story of American missionaries in the Congo around the time of its independence from Belgian colonial rule. Grace is a young girl, the daughter of an agricultural missionary who is teaching the Congolese to grow soybeans. While the children in Poisonwood mostly variously rail against the privations of Africa, Grace, who is very young as the [...]

    3. On of my favorite books on Africa, ever. It's a series of short stories about the daughter of a missionary in the Congo, and is in that sense (but really none other) related to The Poisonwood Bible. While about a kid, the stories are definitly aimed at adults. It's a really beautiful book, quite gentle in many ways, and evokes sights and smells and sounds in a luxuriant way. It's the closest any book has made me come to wanting to go to Congo!

    4. I really wanted to like this book, mainly because it was written by a graduate of UVa's MFA program (and based off of her MFA thesis) - but I was disappointed. I never felt a strong connection with any of the characters, and thought the landscape and the river were probably the most compelling aspects of the novel. The book's format of chapters that acted as almost stand-alone stories did seem to suit the narrative.

    5. I enjoyed this book, mainly because of the writing style. I thought it was going to be a novel about a girl growing up in the Congo with her missionary family in the 1960s. Instead, it was more like a series of anecdotes from a period in the life of a girl who lived this life. The writing was beautiful and interesting, but I was left feeling like I wanted a story, not just observations about various people and experiences.

    6. I really enjoyed this book. This tells the story of Grace Berggren, the child of missionary parents, who lives in the Belgian Congo. To quote Nancy Pearl from More Book Lust, "Her father's jungle sickness and her experiences with racism and boarding school give a picture of pre-independence Africa that I've never before seen explored from this point of view."

    7. I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. A lot of the same characters were talked about throughout the book but the chapters weren't actually connected. Each one was a short story about growing up in the Congo (her parents were missionaries) and the experiences she had with fellow missionaries and the natives of the area. It was an easy read that is definitely worth taking a look at.

    8. These are well-written stories set in Africa. I especially like this passage:"The river flows broad and strong-willed, undeterred by the occasional slender green strip of island. It reflects the hot blue sky of dry season like a monstrous cobalt chameleon. White-gold dimples of sunshine scatter the surface of the water."

    9. read 3 chapters; maybe I didn't want to be in the tropics again (recently having read "State of Wonder," maybe it was that each chapter was a short story though they're interconnected -- just wasn't liking it

    10. Very nostalgic. While I never swam in the Congo, I lived for a time in South America and swam in the , the Mazaruni, and the Kamarang. It took me back to girlhood and long-forgotten coming-of-age memories. What a delight!

    11. An interesting book about a young girl growing up as a missionary in Africa. My only complaint is that nothing exciting or overly interesting is reported in the book. For a fascinating book on this topic, check out The Mosquito Coast or the Poisonwood Bible.

    12. Presented from the perspective of a young girl. Will make you smile, and appreciate how a person can love life and a place.

    13. As with all missionary memoirs, the author is rather distanced from her surroundings, however she paints a compelling picture of 'her' Congo and ultimately tells a very enjoyable tale of childhood.

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