"The Immanence of God in the Tropics" is an excellent collection of short stories. George Rosen served in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer. I really get a sense of what life in Kenya is like in his stories. My favorite story is Mobley's Troubles". This is a story about the friendship between an elderly American missionary and an orphaned African youth. This story shows that human beings are capable of acts of kindness and compassion. They are also capable of acts of violence and cruelty. "Our Big Game" is a story about a soccer game between two Kenyan schools. This story gives me an appreciation for the sport of soccer. Kenyans also take pride in a simple thing like a piece of samba wood. I have never worked with samba wood or even seen a picture of it. It is fun visualizing what this kind of wood looks and feels like. This simple story sparks my interest in a piece of wood. It is a good thing when a story can spark any kind of interest in me. "The Sauna After Ted's Funeral" is a story about a man who rescues a young boy when a dam floods. This story is a reminder that ordinary people can perform extraordinary acts of courage. This is the first story set in a sauna I have ever read. This story proves that men can open up any where. The title story is set on the beautiful East African Arab run island called Johanna. Johanna is a place where I chase butterflies and look at birds and insects. This story makes me think about the role religion plays in my life. It makes me think about how I should pray and why. This story is about is having a respect of people from different religions. Rosen approaches the subject of religion with an open mind. I really appreciate the respect and intelligence of this story. "A Second Language" is about an American teacher who strives to learn Spanish by visiting Mexico. I am drawn to any story where the character learns something. This is an entertaining collection of short stories.
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