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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851688374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851688371
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Poignant and powerful.” Starred review

(Kirkus Reviews)

“Achingly real.” Editorial board favourite

(Boston Globe)

“There are many beautiful books by Westerners about living in Africa…. The best ones put the readers in the middle of unfamiliar terrain and make them smell it and hear it. This is one of those books.”

(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"I shed several tears while reading this book. Monique and the Mango Rains is a true story that rides the ebb and flow of womanhood in Mali. It also sparks inspiration that differences can be made, and are made, when the right ingredients are combined."

(Midwives Magazine)

"Holloway has a fresh and sensitive way of relating events… what she sees, hears, what people say, what she learns and the impact of the different seasons…. The postscript describes [her and her husband's] return to Mali in 1999 and again in 2007. They continue to support Clinique Monique in the nearby village of Kouri. You could, too." Mmegi (Botswana)

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“Midwives see the heights and depths, the ecstasy and tragedy of life… A book of faith, hope, courage and, above all, love.”

(Jennifer Worth)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kathy on 4 Mar 2008
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As a midwife I was humbled to read about a midwife working in Mali, where maternal and child death is common, yet could so easily be prevented. The book is beautifully written and despite the subject matter is often funny and uplifting. Fascinating to gain real insight into a culture so different from mine. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By VicLee on 4 Nov 2011
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I read this in less than two days - I simply couldn't put it down! 'Monique & The Mango Rains' is absolutely breath-taking. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Africa or simply the struggles endured by women of other cultural backgrounds.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith@zest on 5 Feb 2012
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This is a fantastic read, one which will stay with you in between your reading sessions. It is a true story, which is still ongoing. I found it totally absorbing once I got into it, and really enjoyed it. Indeed, I think I will still be thinking about it in weeks to come. Some of the proceeds generated by the sale of the book go to helping Midwifery services in Mali. So indulge yourself, get a good book, and help others by doing so. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gemma Setters on 2 Jan 2012
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This book is simply stunning, it paints such pictures of different places and people. I worried it would be too sad but it manages to balance life and death and a different culture's views perfectly. Masterfully written, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrsS on 10 Jan 2014
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Perhaps it is me, perhaps it is where my head was when I read this, but it just didn't do it for me and I gave up half way. I am sure many people found it moving and fascinating. But it starred to bore me. I made up my mind a long time ago there are too many good books in the world to persist with ones I am not enjoying, so I didn't with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rima Morrell on 5 Aug 2010
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and moving account of a peace corps volunteer's time in Southern Mali and her friendship with a young African midwife, the Monique of the title. The author has sense and empathy for the culture and people and there is no sense of 'talking down' that one all too often gets with these sorts of books. The friendship between the families is genuine and ongoing decades after the Peace Corps experience is over. Very well written and vividly described it is a book that stays with you long after you have read it. And it also shows that it is possible to live in West Africa, eat village food and be vegetarian. I would have recommended it in my book Travelling Magically: How to Turn Your Journey into a Life-changing Experience had I discovered it earlier. Like the 'Mango Rains' from Africa, which fall early and unexpectedly and illuminate the ground, I can't believe I almost didn't buy this book from amazon, that would have been a real loss. Look forward to the author's next book. The only thing that would have made it better would be if it was packaged with a CD of music from Mali.
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By Susie Sue on 9 July 2014
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What a fabulous book. I defy you not to cry!
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By Mrs. V.J. Howson on 4 July 2014
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A good read
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