Review: Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman


Nine Hills to Bambonkaha is a brilliant, picturesque memoir of Peace Corps member Sarah Erdman as she lives a full year in a little African village where she struggles to learn their ways, adapt and try to teach them to avoid the ever growing HIV virus.

I have read various memoirs, yet this one I keep coming back to for some years now. The story telling from Sarah Erdman is phenomenal, she is never condescending or demeaning, never has a break down from the lack of modernity. She observes and is fully willing to participate in the hopes of getting across her mission of preventing HIV and keeping a record of babies’ health and development. She paints a very clear picture of life in a village , and includes objective snapshots of everything from customs, traditions, politics, religion and life in general. The only thing that betrays her objectivity? Her love and passion for the people in the village, especially the children. Her descriptions and observations are golden and I genuinely hope that when these children grow up, they have the opportunity to read the words that were written about them and maybe that will give them a push to fully realizing their worth and potential in a system where a full education and successful career may not be possible. The political observations and the way she involves herself in local politics are quite astounding, as she weaves her way eloquently, full of wit and determination.
An incredible book for everyone, no matter what genre you’re used to.

The village of Nambonkaha in the Ivory Coast is a place where electricity hasn’t yet arrived, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women pounding corn fills the morning air like a drumbeat. As Sarah Erdman enters the social fold of the village as a Peace Corps volunteer, she finds that Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, and where children work like adults while still managing to dream. Lyrical and topical, Erdman’s beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.



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