Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji
WINNER OF THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARD FOR MULTICULTURAL NON-FICTION Strap yourself in for a wild ride! "Dodging Machetes" is sometimes dramatic and thrilling, other times flat-out funny. And it's always compelling! Will Lutwick, a quirky misfit, gets an MBA at 22, but soon realizes he and the... show more
WINNER OF THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARD FOR MULTICULTURAL NON-FICTION Strap yourself in for a wild ride! "Dodging Machetes" is sometimes dramatic and thrilling, other times flat-out funny. And it's always compelling! Will Lutwick, a quirky misfit, gets an MBA at 22, but soon realizes he and the American corporate world are a horrid mismatch. He joins the Peace Corps and is sent to the Fiji Islands, the quintessential tropical paradise. Will finds himself attracted to prohibited pulchritude when Rani Gupta, a beautiful, rebellious 20-year-old from a traditional Hindu family, begins working in his office. Dating is taboo in Fiji's large Indian community, and an interracial couple would be unprecedented. But Rani and Will soon discover their mutual attraction impossible to resist. Their liaison is clandestine, but word gets out, and a cultural firestorm engulfs Rani's community. The two lovers are under constant threat of attack, and violence ensues. Will must confront his personal demons about courage and commitment, while Rani is treated like a pariah by her people. Will the besieged lovers stay together, or will a hostile world tear them apart? In between the dramatic scenes, this seriocomic memoir is savvy and often hilarious. Lutwick deliciously skewers his own behavior and satirizes the people, practices, and protocols he encounters in Fiji and in backstory about his youth. Will Lutwick has woven his provocative insight with the dramatic events of a singular, but timeless, forbidden-love story. The result is "Dodging Machetes"--a story-driven page-turner from an exceptional writer.
Publish date: May 21st 2012
Publisher: Peace Corps Writers
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
A quick enjoyable read about forbidden romance on Fiji in the 1970s. The story is told with an appealing self-deprecating wit.