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About the author


The author has lived in Senegal, West Africa for over fifty years. He is co-founder and former Director of Africa Consultants International (ACI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that promotes cross-cultural communication, health and social justice. ACI has been a key player in the response to the HIV epidemic in Senegal and has worked extensively in reproductive health and the promotion of LGBT rights. 

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Learning to See
And Other Stories and Memoirs from Senegal
by Gary Engelberg

Overview


This book is a treasure of cultural insights about Senegal for anyone who may be interested in learning to see. In this volume of memoirs and short stories, the author shares incidents that contributed to his growing understanding of the culture of this country that he loved at first sight and grew to love even more over the years. The collection contains accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events. 


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Description


It’s early September 2015 in Senegal. We are about three quarters of the way through the rainy season. This has been one of those years that gives the impression of having passed by in overdrive. Suddenly January turned to May while I was still getting used to writing 2015 on my checks. Five days ago, September 1, marked my fifty years in Senegal.

The years too have passed quickly. When I decided to write, the short stories in this book came quickly as well, like ripe mangos falling from the tree. They are accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events.

With its roots in the 12th century, and located on a cross-roads where different world cultures have met and mixed, Senegal has had the time to develop intricate mechanisms to manage diversity and bind people together in non-conflictual relationships. While its architectural achievements are modest on the world scale, its social architecture has the beauty of the Taj Mahal in its balance and perfection. These social mechanisms are reflected in the predominant cultural values of this old society. In this collection, I share acquired insights from people and incidents that contributed to my growing respect for these values and the wisdom of this millennial culture. These stories and memoirs somehow encapsulate some of the values upon which this culture is constructed. They are a treasure of lessons from Senegal about what is important in life for anyone interested in learning to see.

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Overview


This book is a treasure of cultural insights about Senegal for anyone who may be interested in learning to see. In this volume of memoirs and short stories, the author shares incidents that contributed to his growing understanding of the culture of this country that he loved at first sight and grew to love even more over the years. The collection contains accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events. 


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Description


It’s early September 2015 in Senegal. We are about three quarters of the way through the rainy season. This has been one of those years that gives the impression of having passed by in overdrive. Suddenly January turned to May while I was still getting used to writing 2015 on my checks. Five days ago, September 1, marked my fifty years in Senegal.

The years too have passed quickly. When I decided to write, the short stories in this book came quickly as well, like ripe mangos falling from the tree. They are accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events.

With its roots in the 12th century, and located on a cross-roads where different world cultures have met and mixed, Senegal has had the time to develop intricate mechanisms to manage diversity and bind people together in non-conflictual relationships. While its architectural achievements are modest on the world scale, its social architecture has the beauty of the Taj Mahal in its balance and perfection. These social mechanisms are reflected in the predominant cultural values of this old society. In this collection, I share acquired insights from people and incidents that contributed to my growing respect for these values and the wisdom of this millennial culture. These stories and memoirs somehow encapsulate some of the values upon which this culture is constructed. They are a treasure of lessons from Senegal about what is important in life for anyone interested in learning to see.

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Book details

Genre:BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Subgenre:Inspiration & Personal Growth

Language:English

Pages:166

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543908374

Paperback ISBN:9781543904802


Overview


This book is a treasure of cultural insights about Senegal for anyone who may be interested in learning to see. In this volume of memoirs and short stories, the author shares incidents that contributed to his growing understanding of the culture of this country that he loved at first sight and grew to love even more over the years. The collection contains accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events. 


Read more

Description


It’s early September 2015 in Senegal. We are about three quarters of the way through the rainy season. This has been one of those years that gives the impression of having passed by in overdrive. Suddenly January turned to May while I was still getting used to writing 2015 on my checks. Five days ago, September 1, marked my fifty years in Senegal.

The years too have passed quickly. When I decided to write, the short stories in this book came quickly as well, like ripe mangos falling from the tree. They are accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events.

With its roots in the 12th century, and located on a cross-roads where different world cultures have met and mixed, Senegal has had the time to develop intricate mechanisms to manage diversity and bind people together in non-conflictual relationships. While its architectural achievements are modest on the world scale, its social architecture has the beauty of the Taj Mahal in its balance and perfection. These social mechanisms are reflected in the predominant cultural values of this old society. In this collection, I share acquired insights from people and incidents that contributed to my growing respect for these values and the wisdom of this millennial culture. These stories and memoirs somehow encapsulate some of the values upon which this culture is constructed. They are a treasure of lessons from Senegal about what is important in life for anyone interested in learning to see.

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About the author


The author has lived in Senegal, West Africa for over fifty years. He is co-founder and former Director of Africa Consultants International (ACI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that promotes cross-cultural communication, health and social justice. ACI has been a key player in the response to the HIV epidemic in Senegal and has worked extensively in reproductive health and the promotion of LGBT rights. 

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