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Afghanan RPCV book & social

7/29/14 Tue (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Crepevine
1600 Shattuck, Berkeley
Contact:Jayma Brown (jaymaghana@earthlink.net)


Join us for a discussion of A Land Without Time by John Sumser. Venue changed to Crepevine where you can order a drink or a meal and come to social with fellow RPCVs in Berkeley.

The story begins with Peace Corps recruitment and training in the United States, then follows a group of young men and women to Afghanistan where they must learn to adapt to exotic food, mysterious customs and primitive hygiene. Then, as they begin to assimilate and feel comfortable in their harsh surroundings, a military coup leads to the arrest of the author, who is accused of being an American spy and beaten in an effort to make him reveal secrets he doesn't have. Eventually, the author is extricated from prison as a new communist regime solidifies its hold on Afghanistan after centuries of Islamic dominance. Thus the chain of events leading to 9/II is set in motion. Only a handful of foreigners lived in Afghanistan when destabilization began in the late seventies and, of this handful, none has attempted to document the country's transition from its centuries-old status-quo to a factory for global insurgency. No other book about Afghanistan offers such a humane, sometimes humorous, and significant insight into a culture on the verge of single-handedly launching a new age of terrorism.

Please RSVP to Jayma at jaymaghana@earthlink.net as this restaurant is popular and tends to get busy. Everyone is welcome whether you have read the book or not.