Power Lines : Two Years in South Africa's Borders

Power Lines Two Years in South Africa s Borders An account of life in contemporary South Africa as presented by a Peace Corps volunteer and the grandson of Jimmy Carter offers a portrait of a country struggling to recover from deep racial divisions

  • Title: Power Lines : Two Years in South Africa's Borders
  • Author: Jason Carter Jimmy Carter
  • ISBN: 9780792280125
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An account of life in contemporary South Africa as presented by a Peace Corps volunteer and the grandson of Jimmy Carter offers a portrait of a country struggling to recover from deep racial divisions.

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    1. this was the one of MANY peace corps memoirs i suffered through (reading material choices were limited to our paltry communal bookshelves in the volunteer lounge of the swaziland peace corps office)yway, i used to write a monthly literature review box or our volunteer newsletter, and one month i ranted about this genre. below are my thoughts: Dissecting the Peace Corps MemoirOne of my least favorite genres of nonfiction is hands-down the “peace corps memoir.” I attribute it to both the fact [...]

    2. Jason Carter is a keen observer, but not a writer. With Power Lines, he documented everything he saw while in South Africa, so that the reader may, for much less effort, learn the lessons that he learned. I value content over aesthetics, though, and his experiences with buckets of maggots, in-your-face racism and Nelson Mandela held my attention fast.

    3. lots of detail on peace corps experience in south aftica. some good insight in to social and economic challenges of post-apartheid country, which are great by the way. not that well written, but i think he learned a lot, i sure did.

    4. i was in the peace corps, south africa, very nearby to where "musa" lived and shortly after (when the book was published, in fact). so i'm totally biased. for me, the book was exceptionally personal and accurate. for others, hard to say.

    5. Jason Carter does a great job detailing the differences from our lives and those who live in rural South Africa. His life for two years and the genuine love and respect he feels for the people is inspiring.

    6. This book follows Jason Carter through his experience with the Peace Corps. I found it interesting and engaging, and it left me with a lot more information about South Africa and the Peace Corps.

    7. Loved this book. About President Jimmy Carter's grandson's experience in the Peace Corps in South Africa. Very insightful and an easy read.

    8. For younger audiences if you are thinking of joining the Peace Corp this is a great account by President Jimmy Carter's grandson. Takes place in South Africa.

    9. Jason Carter, grandson of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, writes of his experiences serving with the Peace Corps in South Africa in late 1990's. He lived and worked in the community of Lochiel helping the teachers to implement the new curriculum - designed to allow for greater creativity instead of rote learning of basic skills. I enjoyed this. There was some history at the beginning explaining the various cultural groups and how the land was divided during and after apartheid which was a bi [...]

    10. This book had been on my to read list from the time I was reading lots of Peace Corps memoirs. It was a quick read as I knew about the history related in the first chapters. I have been to many of the places mentioned in the book which is always a nice experience to read about places familiar to me. One that particularly hit home was trying to hitch out of Jo-burg. The highways and exits doesn't make it easy and his effort took 4 hours before he got to the right highway towards Bloemfontein on t [...]

    11. It does read a little bit like a 4th grade book report. And you can tell he has lived a sheltered life as he is at pains to describe to readers the concept of a backpackers For me, this book highlighted the different class system in the US. Got the feeling that the author was from the upper class of US society and was experimenting by "slumming" it in Peace Corps. Strangely, I respect his efforts all the more for this. Although his Peace Corps experience differed vastly from my own, I respect hi [...]

    12. Definitely not the best PC-related book I have read. Jason Carter tells us a lot about the area he came to know without showing how he came to know it or how it came to change over his two years there. Of course, he is a highly privileged volunteer worker, and his recollection of meeting Nelson Mandela reminds us all of that, but he seems to talk more about how he felt by not fitting in to the white or black communities (an important topic, I admit) than about how deeply he learned about the peo [...]

    13. I recommend this to all former Peace Corps Volunteers. And also to anyone who hasn't been a Peace Corps Volunteer. I laughed and I cried and I wished I'd been a better PCV but also I couldn't put it down in the end. Jason Carter has a famous grandfather (Jimmy Carter) but even without that connection he's written an eye-opening book. "A person is a person through other people."

    14. This was the first PC book I read as a part of research I am conducting and I enjoyed it. It was fascinating to read Jason, a product of US privileged class, immerse himself in the PC work in South Africa. It is worth admiring that he lived in local environment with local people as one of them. The book highlights racial tensions in Africa and some of the challenges faced by the volunteers.

    15. A thoughtful account of Jason Carter's Peace Corps service in South Africa. The book is limited by the author's unconscious privilege -- and, frankly, by his youth -- but I still enjoyed hearing stories about his time and the people he became friends with. It provided one more face to fill in the picture I am forming about South Africa in advance of our trip.

    16. Horrible. The only thing memorable about this book is the double entendre in its title. Okay, I perhaps I'm being a bit harsh On one hand, Carter does provide a useful perspective and I recommend it to those who have recently joined the Peace Corps.

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