An outstanding new voice in memoir, Christine Herbert takes the reader on a “time-machine tour” of her Peace Corps volunteer service as a health worker and educator from 2004–2006 in Zambia. Rather than a retrospective, this narrative unfolds in the present tense, propelling the reader alongside the memoirist through a fascinating exploration of a life lived “off the grid.”
At turns harrowing, playful, dewy-eyed and wise, the author’s heart and candor illuminate every chapter, whether she is the heroine of the tale or her own worst enemy. Even at her most petulant, the laugh-out-loud humor scuppers any “white savior” mentality and lays bare the undeniable humanity—and humility—of the storyteller. Through it all, an undeniable love for Zambia—its people, land and culture—shines through.
A must-read for the armchair adventurer.
I adore memoirs because they give the reader insight into a person’s fascinating life but I love memoirs with travel themes (for example ones that take us to a new country unfamiliar to us) because the reader is whisked away on a journey and if the author of such a memoir is brilliantly descriptive about the places he and or she visits, the reader will feel as if they are right there experiencing every moment the author is. The Color of the Elephant written by the extraordinary Christine Herbert is just this type of read as it is an incredibly powerful memoir that whisks the reader away to Zambia and as it is written in the present tense, it really feels as if you are side by side with Christine on her journey.
The reader thanks to the author’s impeccable descriptions will feel as if they are right there and that is rare for an author to accomplish so the fact that Christine has shown us, readers, that she is an incredibly talented author who knows how to transfix her readers with ease! That is why I already have to implore you lovely readers to have a read of The Color of the Elephant because you will never come across another book like it! However, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more!
The Color of the Elephant is a sensational, poignant, and informative memoir that will introduce the reader to Christine Herbert, who in her book shares her experiences of working for the Peace Corps volunteer service as a health worker and educator in Zambia from 2004-2006. It is here that she recounts her story in the present tense and explores all that happened along the way, the good and bad and everything in between and how it was really like to live off the grid, and this book lovers is the short premise of the wonderful The Color of the Elephant!
The profoundness in Christine’s story is sensational and many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading this book because of how emotive Christine’s journey was. I found myself reading The Color of the Elephant at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as engrossing; Christine’s remarkable literature will have you turning the pages at an alarming rate, and I adored how she was able to do this!
As well as Christine writing her story in an extremely compelling way, she also is excellent at describing the settings and places in this book. Christine’s beautifully descriptive writing of Zambia will make the reader feel as if they are right there; this is how I felt and because I did I felt as if I was with Christine on her journey and that for me was incredibly beautiful as well as transformative and informative.
To conclude my thoughts on this wonderful book, The Color of the Elephant is a remarkable, memorable and informative story that readers are going to love so I, of course, have to award this superb book five stars! So please, if you love memoirs, especially those with travel themes then have a read of The Color of the Elephant, you will not regret it!
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