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Congo Mission by Patricia L. Lucas
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0966009444, Perfect Paperback)Historical fiction set in the Belgian Congo 1958-1960 during turbulent time before and during the revolt. This dramatic story reminisces Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene and shows the daily life on a Catholic Mission, nearby native villages and colonial enclaves. Mother dePace, a doctrinaire, newly appointed superior of convent of European and native nuns, experiences a spiritual re-awakening amidst turmoil of conflict roiling up all over the Congo. Lovely flights into the interior contrast with heat, humidity and strenuous living in an oppressive climate with a tumultuous political ambience. Fathers Viktor and George and lay teachers Paul and Barbara join the small band of missionaries including Sisters Charity, Gloria, Immaculata, St. John, and Martin. Nurse Pamela arrives and reluctantly falls in love with Paul, a sincere but failed seminarian. Margaret Dennison, British coffee plantation owner, serves as hub for various interests including Belgian colonials in charge of this pre-independent country. The characters spring to life and interact, adding a realistic tone to this tale. Historical facts mix with fictional lives of all too human and flawed people struggling to love and serve both God and their fellow humans. Who will survive the trek to safety after the bloody revolt remains for the reader to discover. Back cover praise: "An unforgettable tale with characters you care deeply about ... every Peace Corps volunteer should read this book." Anne Kenney, Headmistress, Tanzanian girls' school. "A heart-rending story told with passion and compassion ... a haunting tale from the once Dark Continent ... Bittersweet but full of hope ... So well written you will not believe this is fiction ... history buffs will appreciate this wholly original take on recent but bygone times-- the dying Aftrican colonial era," Margaret Savage, historian, travel writer. "This novel has earned its inspired ending; you will remember it for months afterwards," Avis Jorgenson, memoirist/writer. "Set in 1960, the story is contemporary; the problems in the Congo have deep roots," Arizona Daily Star.
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