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An international schoolteacher who has lived and worked all over the world, including Africa and South America
on March 14, 2010 :
I found this book quite inspirational on many levels. It was refreshing to hear a perspective that was realistic as opposed to clouded by political correctness. The author does make his negative view on religion quite obvious at times, and as much as I may not agree completely with his opinion, I definitely respect and understand his perspective. His writing style is honest, direct, and extremely humourous at times. This book kept me going, and left me wanting...His recounting of his volunteer time in Africa motivated me to actively pursue involvement in the not-for-profit sector, albeit perhaps not Zambia... More often than not, items I have read from volunteers seemed more like a bunch of party animals with a desire to roam and seem altruistic without too much direction in their own life. Mr. Burke on the other hand was obviously a man of character, values, and direction... All in all, for a first time author, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)