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Blue Taxis: Stories about Africa

Eileen Drew

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ISBN 10: 0915943417 / ISBN 13: 9780915943418
Published by Milkweed Editions, 1993
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Trade Paperback in Very Good Condition. Foreword by Rosellen Brown. Designed and illustrated by R. W. Scholes. Clean and unmarked pictorial wrappers with light wear to front corners and fore edge of front cover, Soundly bound, square. Internals quite clean and free from any markings of creasing. Debut book by Eileen Drew, a Californian who was born in Morocco to a Foreign Service family and has lived in several African countries. Her stories draw power from her careful observations and the intelligence of her insights about a country she loves. She describes the savannahs, a pigmy village, the jungles beautifully and lyrically. She understands the complexities of two vastly different cultures and why there is so much enmity between them. There are nine short stories, that read like a novel, painting a distinctive portrait of Africa. 155 pages. 6 x 9 inches. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN, 1993. Bookseller Inventory # 022315

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Title: Blue Taxis: Stories about Africa

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Stories deal with the interaction between native Africans and American diplomats, volunteer workers, and missionaries


Blue Taxis draws from Eileen Drew's experiences as the daughter of a foreign diplomat and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa to create stories about Westerners and Africans and the tremendous cultural differences between them. One story focuses on young Ruzi, who calls her new teacher, the one sent from Africa, "a one year missionary without a church" and encourages her to find a man to make her happy. In another, a white diplomat's daughter is accosted by a native black Ghanaian: "You think nothing can happen here because you are white. White people can't be poor in Africa. You never get our problems, there's nothing that can touch that watery skin." Then there's Little Zola, who covets a pair of glasses so he can see like white people: "Colors must be different, everything would sparkle. What if buildings were like the bolts of cloth standing on end in the market - rows and rows of print so different the flowers from one jumped into the trees of the next?" Each of these characters finds themselves confronted by a world that is different from what they expected - sometimes better, sometimes worse, always presenting another reality. With understanding and insight, Eileen Drew enters their minds and shows us how "foreign" each of us is to one another, whether we are crossing cultural boundaries or simply trying to talk within our own families. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister

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