Based on real-life stories from an international school in Kuwait, which chart the survival of teachers from the thrown-in-at-the-deep-end start to the I-can't-believe-we-made-it finish. Outlandish comedy abounds as the teachers laugh and lose it, through a mine field of barriers to logic, and challenges to plain common sense.
The book illuminates the startling excesses of the oil-money rich as they balance a past of poverty with an extreme pot of gold from the end of the rainbow. It shows Kuwait as a microcosm reflecting the more global issues surrounding waste, ecology, using more than we need, and consumerism gone mad. The stories reveal the pros and cons of teaching on the international circuit and how the teachers adapt to an alien land of dust, sexual and racial inequality and an oppressive political regime, both inside and outside school. Resilience, fortitude and a hefty dose of humour gets the teachers through to the end with a cheer and a wave.
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Reviewed by Dorothy James
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Friday 14 October, 2016
Francesca Spencer relates the happenings of her life in bold language, full of incredulity and humour. This book is un-put-down-able, apart from when I was laughing out loud. I especially liked the chapter - Sex. There are also quirky gems of dialogue, such as the lizards on the golf-course that sound like Al Pacino. The personal tales of teachers in a far-off land are hilarious, but there is an underlying poignancy which makes this book more broad-reaching than a mere memoir. Fun, thought-provoking, accurately observed. More please.
|Size: ||395 KB|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781326800796 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|