Everything Lost Is Found Again: Four Seasons In Lesotho
ISBN: 1945814624
EAN13: 9781945814624
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 13, 2018
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Funny and heartfelt, this amalgamation of memoir and essay collection tells the story of twenty months the author spent in Lesotho, the small, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. There he finds a spirit of joyful absurdity and resolve, surrounded by people who take strangers' hands as they walk down the road, people who--with sweetest face--drop the dirtiest jokes in the southern hemisphere. But Lesotho is also a place where shepherds exact Old Testament retribution, where wounded pride incites murder and families are devastated by the AIDS epidemic.
Driven by a spirit of openhearted cultural exchange in the style of Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country and Alexandra Fuller's Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Will McGrath's Everything Lost Is Found Again is a love-drunk ballad to Lesotho, infusing humor and heart into pop ethnography.

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   Read This! You Will Love It.
A moving book. It would be hard for me to give it enough praise. I immediately bought copies for half the people I know after reading it. The authorial voice is hilarious. Many memoirs in which people travel to places the reader may not be familiar with treat the locals as picturesque. One of the first books that embraces a new place as one the visitor is honored to be in is this one. I can't wait to read more by this author.
   Made me laugh, made me cry - sometimes at the same time
Will is delivering a piece of art. I recall days of traveling as a youth. He captures the awkwardness of language and cultural barriers when people from different worlds are trying to understand one another. I couldn't put it down on the short plane ride from Michigan to Texas. The people around me thought I was crazy with the facial ticks. The author should be very proud. It's!
The author loves Lesotho and describes it well. He was able to see the same sort of range of personality among his students and acquaintances as he saw at home. I found the many types of violent episodes that the author personally encountered or described - even though I don't think he shares the acceptance of that some there had - very discouraging to read about. He told me I wouldn't want to go anywhere near Lesotho. Even though you see that people still live and manage.
   Ride Bike With No Seat & Know Why It's Easy.
Growing up in the country side in 1960s, I was able to follow in the footsteps of McGrath. I lived in the district of Mulanje in the middle of the largest mountain in central Africa for 2 years when I was born in Malawi. Someone has seen life at its roots.
   McGrath is a Truly Gifted Writer
The book is an excellent vehicle for discussion in a variety of college classrooms. Love, humor, and elegance are what the culture of Lesotho is characterized by. It should be read slowly and with care. This is a great read if you ever want to visit Lesotho. If you have a child in the Peace Corps, I would recommend this book. He had the good sense to marry a Canadian woman because he is a truly gifted writer. I'm looking forward to the future with McGrath.
   Loved every bit of this book
The stories of the beauty and tragedy of Lesotho are woven together. I was happy and sad at the same time.
   An impressive, multifaceted literary achievement
This book does what others might hope to do with their writing. We' ll never know Mr. McGrath's name. We' ll never go to that place. The reader is entertained throughout. Along the way, a thoughtful and compassionate portrait is painted. He accomplishes it with wit and brevity. This is a unique and worthwhile book because of the combination of artful stories and academic perception. If you' re on this page, buy one copy for you, one to give as a gift, and the third to give to a stranger. I'm right about his writing.
   Some of the best writing you'll ever see
Will McGrath's phrases are like no one else's, with pace and a light touch. You can hear and feel what it's like in Lesotho from the content. You will fall in love with all the people he met. It's not fiction but romantic. I can't wait to read what he has to say.
   A Capturing Read
The author takes you on a journey through his Lesotho and personalizes every character, leaving a firmly etched imprint on the people and places he met along the way. It's a love letter to a place far away. The style of the book makes it easy to read. It will make you cry and it will make you laugh.
   This brought back memories
After living and working in Mokhotlong, this brought back some amazing memories. I laughed when he described the secret alarm in the cars. Borrowing another person's car meant knowing where the secret button was and sometimes you couldn't find it, which meant exactly what happened to him. Thanks for reminding us about the small things in Maseru. Excellent read!