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Fictional-but-accurate: novels that relate to AidWork
Submitted by jcravens42 on December 27, 2007 - 12:52pm.
During the lull the week before NYE, I thought I'd throw out something a little light-weight but possibly helpful: what novels (fiction only) have you read that you thought were either a good representation of what it's like to work in the developing world, or, that you thought offered good background for aid/development workers?
For instance, I think The Milagro Beanfield War is terrific in this regard, per the experience of the VISTA volunteer who is totally unprepared and out of his league. I´m not saying all VISTA volunteers are totally unprepared and out of his or her league, but that experience of the character in the book is always on my mind when I'm working in the field. Kind of don't-be-that-guy warning...
Any other novels that, though fiction, you would recommend to other aid/development workers because of the realities they portray?