Peace Corps Rwanda As Famous Literature

When you’re about to COS and you need to procrastinate cleaning and packing, you make a list of book titles to describe the expierience of Peace Corps Rwanda as famous literature.

I had a lot of fun with this—if you have more titles, send them my way!


isombe
Like the Dr Suess classic, about all the foods you think you do not like, but you try them here, you try them there, it turns out you have to try them everywhere—and in the end you like them. (Actually, I still dislike isombe.)

imbabura
Like Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” the story of a PCV slowly starving to death while trying in vain to light a charcoal stove.

 

twege
Basically Kerouac’s On the Road but actually just about a PCV who takes two hours to make what should be a fifteen-minute trip in a cramped van with someone’s elbow in their ribs.

inyoni
“Inyoni” means “birds,” and like Poe’s “The Raven,” it’s about a PCV haunted by phantom knocks at the door when really it’s just pied crows landing on the roof.

swim
Like the Dostoyevsky classic, but nobody dies; a PCV swims in Lake Kivu and gets schisto.

hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, except instead of that, the epic tale of what should have been a quick trip to the nearest regional town.

fish
Like the Dr Suess story, but more honest. (I mean, unless you have money to buy fancy food in Kigali. I don’t. Luckily I don’t have a deep love of fish, either.)

lessonplans
Similar to Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, but instead of all the relationship problems and films, just a PCV alone in a house at night with no electricity trying to prep for tomorrow’s classes.

web
Actually nothing like the E.B. White classic, because instead of friendship and laughter, just a true story about me avoiding my shower room because it’s infested with spiders.

 

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