Book: Four Corners
Author: Kira Salak
Book takes place from the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: NO
This is my 106th read for the year
This is the story of the author's journey to Papua New Guinea. A woman who has spent her whole life running away - hoping to find where she belongs, she has chosen many dangerous countries to lose herself in. After working all summer long in a factory to save for this trip, she hops a plane and lands herself in the middle of a jungle. She travels the country - hoping from village to village meeting dangerous men, kind women, and strangers who were also traveling the country. She picks up illnesses, and countless bug bites. She takes chances on a boat in a dangerous part of the country with complete strangers. And as she searches for herself, she tries to remember why she came on the trip in the first part.
This book was fine. It is pretty well written - Salak is a pretty good writer. But I didn't really like the author personaly. Again - like other books I have read where people travel to the countries and then write about them - she wasn't there to do good. Yet she put herself in precarious situations, and could have been killed. And for what? I didn't find her particularly wise and I didn't find her journey heroic. I found it stupid. The redeeming qualities were only that I did learn a fair amount about Papua New Guinea and its people. But as for her own personal journey - it made no sense at all.