Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: In the Belly of the Elephant

Non Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: December 18, 2013

Everybody needs to run away from home at least once. Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world, but really she was running — running from her home as much as to anywhere. Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life or for a good man to share it with. In Africa, she hoped to find both.

Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant is Susan's transformative story of what happens when you decide to try to achieve world peace while searching for a good man. More than a fish-out-of-water story, it's a surprising and heart-rending account of her time in Africa trying to change the world as she battles heat, sandstorms, drought, riots, intestinal bugs, burnout, love affairs and more than one meeting with death. Against a backdrop of vivid beauty and culture, in a narrative interwoven with a rich tapestry of African myths and fables, Susan learns the true simplicity of life, and discovers people full of kindness, wisdom and resilience, and shares with us lessons we, too, can learn from her experiences.


This was a memoir that will really keep you invested the entire time. The author does a great job of drawing on experiences with the culture to add to the detail and make the novel authentic. 

I think that overall the thing that I took with me from this novel was the fact that there is still good in people and humanity. Often times in the news you only see the bad and I think that this novel really helps instill hope in the future of mankind. 

This really does shine a light on the life that these people in countries not as fortunate as others and what they go through. 

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