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Green Oranges on Lion Mountain (Eye Classics)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2004
This is such a fun read that you don't notice when things start to get serious, by which time you're hooked. Dr Em is so full of human weakness that you just have to cheer when she manages to limp through each inevitable disaster. You wonder how she survives, never mind her patients. But somehow she pulls it off, leaving you laughing and crying and thinking perhaps you might just jump on a plane too. She uses lots of dialogue so you feel you're in Africa with her friends. And you care what happens to them when Sierra Leone is plunged into tragedy. The human spirit will never be crushed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2008
I had never heard of this book and bought it purely based on peoples reviews and on the basis that people had bought it with other books that I had bought. I am sooooo glad I bought this book. Emily Joy has a magnificent gift for writing of her experiences and hardships, characters and resilience of the people in Sierra Leone with a truly talented mix of humour. It is not often I get to the end of a book and feel a better person for reading the book, but this book makes you want to jump on a plane and go volunteering! I was actually quite upset when I got to the end of this book, because the enjoyable journey that Emily took me on through the book had come to an end. I cannot recommend this book enough!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was an interesting read, with plenty of tongue in cheek self deprecating humour. There were some funny moments and some dramatic or toe curlingly gory ones; however it was a little too glossy for me.
I have not been to Sierra Leone however I have been to Uganda and Zaire doing volunteer work so I have some idea of the conditions one could be working in. For me Emily Joy was a little too happy to have another Star beer and feel sorry for herself rather than throw herself into the role and the people. I suspect in reality this is exactly what she did and the book is a light hearted way to express some of this without the horror or deprivation. The relieving factor for me was her admiration for the people she worked with - and the fact that she stayed was testament to her strength of character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2007
Great! I really enjoyed this. I cheated really buying it as a present for my mum for Christmas knowing I really wanted to read it. We both finished it really quickly and surprisingly my mum enjoyed it as much as me.

I chose it because I wanted to understand a little more about Sierra Leone, even before its prominence with Leonardo diCaprio's 'Blood Diamonds' movie and because it is written by a former volunteer with VSO and I too am a former volunteer but in another part of the world.

It was so readable, gave a great idea of the humour and resilience of the people and the humility, adventourness and humanity of the author who had been a doctor in Sierra Leone in the years immediately prior to the bloody war.

Why not 5 stars? Clearly I am a hard marker!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2010
A great book to read as I plan my trip to work in the health Services in Sierra Leone, 17 years after Dr Em, but about the same age as she is now (mid 40s??). I'd like to have known more about what happens to the people post civil war. Read this book even if you arent interested in Sierra Leone, you cant put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2011
This is heart-warming story written by a self-deprecating medic who was foolhardy enough to volunteer for service in Sierra Leone. It reminds us, if we need reminding, how thankful we ought to be for our Health Service - see how the other half of the world has to live and die. We take so much for granted and yet are discontented. Read this and learn about the self-sacrifice of the Sierra Leonian hospital staff who work in times of dwindling resources, deteriorating buildings, poor patients, and a murderous civil war. Then dare to complain. Dr Joy lives up to her name and this is a joyful story, full of fun in the face of adversity and the change of gear sneaks up on you as the civil war seeps westward across Sierra Leone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2005
This is a well above average piece of travel writing from an author that should try her hand at more. Green Oranges has just the right blend of wit and black humour to keep it rolling along and Joy's ability to win you over very quickly makes it all the more effective when she tackles the darker side of her experiences. If you can ignore the terrible cover then you are in for a nice surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2010
I bought the latest copy of Green Oranges having read the original and loaned it to so many friends that I lost track of it. This new edition includes Emily's subsequent trips with her own family and then a work colleague. The book reflects her passion for helping and her respect for, the people of Sierra Leone. I quickly connected with her at the mere mention of her weakness for chocolate and then was rooting for her to achieve what she set out to achieve. If you buy it for no other reason than the beautiful cover photo, you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
When I was in Sierra Leone recently, somebody described this book to me as 'Bridget Jones does Africa' (I think another reviewer describes it as such too), and I have to say I couldn't agree more. This is a fantastic read for anyone from the armchair traveller to the discerning back-packer and anyone in between. Written in a light-hearted way making it a really easy-read but yet packed with insight, emotion, and medical, cultural and historical anecdote. An absolute must read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2005
brilliant read! Powerful,yet gentle, joyful yet heartbreaking. i bought this book for my 3 close friends and all were delighted with it and have since recommended it to their book clubs.
This is a book about travel with the delicaces of human nature, and atrocities of life, wriiten first hand.
I commend people like our Emily Joy, and urge you to read it.I am a better person for it,the inspiration of this wonderful persons ability to care and keep caring, will remain always.
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