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  1. Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope
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  2. Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope

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In 2005, Uzodinma Iweala stunned readers and critics alike with Beasts of No Nation, his debut novel about child soldiers in West Africa. Now his return to his native continent has produced Our Kind of People, a nonfiction account of the AIDS crisis that is every bit as startling and original.

Iweala embarks on a remarkable journey in his native Nigeria, meeting individuals and communities that are struggling daily to understand both the impact and meaning of the disease. He speaks with people from all walks of life—the ill and the healthy, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, sex workers, shopkeepers, students, parents, and children. Their testimonies are by turns uplifting, alarming, humorous, and surprising, and always unflinchingly candid.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Our Kind of People goes behind the headlines of an unprecedented epidemic to show the real lives it affects, illuminating the scope of the crisis and a continent’s valiant struggle.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Not giving this short look at AIDS in Africa (and specifically, the experience in Nigeria, the author's home country) more than three stars feels a bit churlish. But however moving the individual stories it contains may be, the book itself is far from flawless.

My principal problem with the narrative surfaced early on, when Iweala makes the case that the West has a difficulty in understanding Africa's AIDS crisis because we are blinkered by ages-old prejudices. Certainly, those prejudices exist, especially among those who have never spent any time in sub-Saharan Africa. But Iweala then proceeds to undermine his own case by showing that many of these preconceptions may have some basis in reality. For instance, he discusses the nature of sexual relationships as being more likely to be concurrent than consecutive (he talks to a man who defines fidelity to a girlfriend as cutting the number of his other girlfriends from eight down to four, and then only to one other woman, for... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I lost my best friend to AIDS in 1989, and I still miss him terribly. For years I was terrified of making friends with gay men for fear of losing them. I had lost three friends, and until the anti-retro viral treatments were available, I was worried all the time that other friends would be taken from me. After the cocktail that worked was readily available, my fears dissipated and now I have two friends with HIV/Aids who happily live their lives fully, without the fear (on their part or mine) that they will die a premature death. I've seen the fear it inspires, first hand, how some family members react and how miserable self-righteous prigs see this disease as a punishment from God. But, that was a generation ago. To read a book written today, that details all the crap people had to go thru who had HIV/Aids thirty years ago, as if it were breaking news, is mind numbing. I have known about the devastation HIV/Aids has caused to millions of people in different countries in Africa... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope is the kind of book that can really put a face on the HIV / AIDS health crisis. Such personal accounts can change the way the world views an epidemic. When they are not at our doorstep, it is human nature to not fully grasp the gravity of problems. This book sheds light on HIV & AIDS in Nigeria, and by extension provides a glimpse into Sub-Saharan Africa. For what it does well, this book deserves praise and cannot be ignored. And what it does best is provide first-hand accounts of people living as well as dying with this affliction.

This story is not just the account of HIV & AIDS in Nigeria, but it is also the author's account of how he went about learning about it. While his journey is revealing, it sometimes results in a disjointed narrative. We also have contextual data and... Read more
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