by J. Grigsby Crawford
The Gringo is a time line of J. Grigsby Crawford's life in South America as a Peace Corps volunteer. The book tells of his narrow escape from a kidnapping plot put together by the same people he was there to help. From there, things went from bad to worse; a journey of sex, drugs and illnesses.
Anyone in their right mind would have packed up and quit. Crawford didn't quit, he stayed and endured . He encountered darkness and poverty. He doesn't glamorize the things he went through and saw. There was no glamour to it. He faced head on with all the strength he could muster and then some. This is a non-fiction story of life abroad unlike any other. The author wrote a story that grabs you and doesn't let go.
The memoir is vivid and revealing. At times you feel as though you're heading full speed into a brick wall.
The characters in the book weren't exactly on life's "A" list., but assumed to be human all the same. While reading this book you get a small glimpse of what Crawford faced through his eyes.
Everyone should read this book, face a little of unreal reality. So often we shut our minds and eyes to people and places far away. We as humans need to stop the out of sight, out of mind, mentality.
The Peace Corps is a good organization but it takes a certain type of person to carry it out. Don't ever assume you are or aren't that type of person. We all have different amounts of strengths and talents. Just when we think we have used all we have, we can dig a little deeper and find a little more to give.
Don't let this book slip by you. I give this book a strong 5 STARS.
I received a complimentary ARC copy from the author for this unbiased review.