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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Eve Brown-Waite

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Author: Eve Brown-Waite
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Broadway
1 review about First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria


  • May 11, 2009
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is a memoir written by Eve Brown-Waite of her experiences serving in the Peace Corps, and then with CARE, along with her husband. I must say the author has done a bang-up job with this autobiographical sketch of an important part of her life. Eve, an obvious activist, had somewhat contemplated the Peace Corps, sort of, but was recruited hook, Line and Sinker when she met her recruiter, John (Her future husband), and fell head over heels in love with him at first sight. Impulsive? You bet, but this was a determined lady in more ways than one.

I have to admit that I enjoyed this work, cover to cover. The author has a wonderful sense of humor and this gift, if you will, shines through throughout the book. The reader needs to remember and note a few things though before reading. This is a love story first and foremost. Secondly, by the author's own admission, this is "her story" and she states right in the beginning, in the author's notes, that if you or anyone else does not care for how she presented the story, then they should write their own book. Thirdly, this is not a case study of indigenous people. If you want that sort of thing, then best pull some Margaret Mead off the shelf or check it out at the library. Fourth, this story is a compilation of the author's memories of over twenty years ago. She has stayed true to her story by (with only one exception, according to her) by naming individuals. She fully admits that some of the conversations may not be spot on, but then again, as she states, if you remember it differently, write your own book. I like this aspect of her work.

I have had quite a number of friends who were and are members of this wonderful organization throughout the years and have listened to many a story. I must say that the author does have a way with words and can see the humor in some rather difficult situations. Her stories ring quite true to those I have heard from others. This again is something I like. There were indeed some serious and in fact freighting incidents recounted and Mrs. Waite has handled these in a very sensitive way. In other words, when it was serious, the author was serious. Also, when you dig through the humor, which was delightful when appropriate, you find a very gutsy lady and family that did make a difference in our world. There should be more of us like her around.

As to some of the criticism of this work: First, I have no idea what "lack of character development" even means anymore. To be quite frank, I have read these same comments on just about every classic piece of literature featured on Amazon. What does this phrase mean? Personally, I feel I got to know the author quite well through her writing and since this book was about her; that was fine with me. Secondly I note that there have been some complaints about lack of drama. Hey folks, this is a biography, not a novel or scripted movie. The author wrote events as she noted and perceived them. I would have thought less of her and her writing has she thrown in a bunch of made up "war stories," merely to please a rather jaded reading public.

I very much liked this work and I enjoyed it. If you yourself enjoy this sort of first person story, then I am quite sure you will too.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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December 18, 2010
Great review! I came to reading your review after checking out @RebeccaSchinsky's review which was quite enjoyable and you might want to check it out :) I'm definitely going to have to give this book a try- I've done volunteer work in distant places and no one can prep you for the amazing journey it takes you on. Thanks for sharing :)
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