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Glimpses through the Forest: Memories of Gabon

Glimpses through the Forest: Memories of Gabon [Kindle Edition]

Jason Gray

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Situated in Central Africa, the nation of Gabon is a vibrant and mysterious place full of rich history, diverse culture, and stunning biodiversity. In the midst of the African rainforest, a Peace Corps volunteer from Montana is thrust into a new life of adventure and discovery. From close encounters with forest elephants to classroom teaching challenges, this vivid retelling of one man’s experiences takes readers on an extraordinary journey through daily life, cultural events, and ongoing conservation efforts, and shares his love affair with a country that will forever own a piece of his heart. An enthralling account of life in Gabon, particularly around the Ndougou Lagoon, this new book by Jason Gray leaves us with a powerful impression of having shared in his experiences. Gray’s underlying reverence for Gabon and its people comes out strongly in this recounting of his three years of work there with the Peace Corps and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International), and shows the importance of understanding other cultures while enhancing individual awareness of the global community. Glimpses through the Forest: Memories of Gabon is an engaging read for eco and cultural travel enthusiasts, conservationists, nature lovers, and other adventure seekers.

About the Author

Jason Gray grew up on the windswept plains and in the high mountains of Montana. An avid traveler, conservationist, outdoor enthusiast, and environmental attorney, his passions led him to the Central African nation of Gabon, where he worked for three years with the Peace Corps and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International). Gray currently lives with his wife and son in northern California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Corps Writers (8 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars spot-on 26 Jun 2013
By Nick Gasho - Published on
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Jason Gray does a magnificent job capturing the essence of life in Gabon, as lived through all 5 senses. I love how each chapter is only about 5 pages, as it allows him to touch on so many different aspects of Gabon and its people. His writing is eloquent, detailed and extremely accurate (I lived in Gabon as a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years, as well). I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been or will be a Peace Corps Volunteer, has an interest in this part of the world, or has lived abroad (or is planning to) and experienced all of the beauty that goes along with it, wherever that may be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great armchair traveling! 12 Sep 2013
By Barb B. - Published on
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This was a fascinating read (finished it in 2 days!) and I highly recommend it. Provides a mix of personal anecdotes, natural history, local culture and some highly tantalizing descriptions of local cuisine. I want a barracuda brochette with a Regab, bien glacee, now! :-) I was interested in it both for a view into the life of a Peace Corps volunteer as well as a view into life in Gabon; I'd say the book was about 30%/70% split into the two subjects, though the two obviously intermingled. The book makes me want to travel to someplace jungle-y, but in the meantime is a great virtual trip!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasurable visit back to the forrest 23 July 2013
By e;, - Published on
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Reading "Glimpses Through the Forest" brought me right back to Gabon where I spent 2002-2004 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Lamborene, a town Jason Grey writes about in his book. Although Jason and I were in the same training group, my work as a health educator in a clinic for women and children was much more "urban" than his. None-the-less his stories provided me with many heightened memories of the friends, funny incidents and adventures that I experienced in Gabon. I think "Glimpses" would be a wonderful recruitment tool for the Peace Corps. It makes me want to join up again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful travelogue to an exotic Africa 17 Feb 2014
By California Smith - Published on
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Gray's in-the-moment portrayal of the places and people of Gabon allows one to travel without the obvious discomforts to places in Africa where most will never go.
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