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23439582Tears On The Equator: Muzungu by Gerasimos I. Kambites
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Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

In the beginning, in 1973, when a young couple met at a seminary in the city of Boston, during a time of great racial tension over an issue called bussing, they dared to share a dream and the dream was about faith, progress, unity, love and sustainable development in Africa. She trained in education, her Canadian husband schooled in medicine. They would return to the Ugandan paradise island of her youth in Lake Victoria only to discover that beauty hid the beast; that an interracial couple, white and black and their Ancient Orthodox faith would cause a spark which turned verdant fields into flames of conflict. Truths would be told and taboos would be broken. Courage would be unveiled and passions uncovered. This story is about the glue that maintained the vision until time, politics and war wore it away. It is also about survival and rebirth and the ultimate seeds which gave birth to a new crop of hopes.
“What are you looking at old man?” the young doctor queried. The elder was looking into a rotten log. “I am seeing the face of God,” he smiled standing up, allowing the doctor to see the sun kissed orchid.”
“The face of God,” he said, and so it was, for their five years on Bukasa island uncovered the weaknesses and strengths of this couple and the community around them. That they would fail was inevitable, but that they would survive in a real and mystical way was the hidden treasure.

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Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today on TRB we are bringing you an inside look at Tears On The Equator: Muzungu by Gerasimos I. Kambites. Giving us their thoughts are Mr. Controversy and Mini Truth. First to give us his thoughts is Mr. Controversy.

Mr. ControversyControversial Takes

185 pages is the length of this faith-based autobiography entitled “Tears on the Equator” written by Gerasimos I. Kambites. This story revolves around the budding love and life of an African lady named Sarah Nnalubwama and her Russian priest husband Gerasimos Kambites, AKA Gerry.

This story documents the trials, tribulations, triumphs and more of this married couple and their children as they leave the uncomfortable, violent, racist United States of America, and swapping it for the unfamiliar, violent, racist, Uganda as they build a new life there. Their main focus is helping Sarah’s people by giving them medicine, education, a dock, and other amenities that would aid in the forward progression of the Ugandan people and others in Africa.

storyThere was a lot going on in this story. Most notably:

-Interracial marriage,

-Relocating to Africa,

-African customs and culture (specifically the adjusting aspect),

-Religion,

-Politics of Africa,

-The dislike of White people (calling them “Muzugu” which can be translated into less desirable word that I will NEVER condone), and more.My-ThoughtsOverall, this is a story that tests the faith of Gerasimos and Sarah as they face multiple adversities, whether it be Ugandan, familial, or within the peers that volunteer and/or volunteered to help them make a better life for all in Uganda.

Story-wise, it was an okay read. I really couldn’t get into it due to its slow pace, and had to power through a number of parts; I am in no way taking away from the story. This is the story of a family who worked hard to get to where they are now, and faced many adversities as they tried and try to make a better living while maintaining their faith, hope, and love.

Grammar wise, “Tears on the Equator” was written solidly. I saw no spelling errors, and it shows that Mr. Kambites took his time making sure to document every detail that he had witnessed.

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Survey Says: 7 out of 10 stars.

A good story nonetheless, “Tears on the Equator” is a book that I am fine reading once. To be honest, give Mr. Kambites’ book a read, and see for yourself if this is your cup of tea.

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Next with her thoughts, Mini Truth.

Mini TruthTruthful Takes

I am at a bit of a crossroads with “Tears On The Equator”. In my review I’ll tell you why.

dbd57bcbb3fff7245025a39061012200First a little bit about the premise.

cooltext171862076142797Gerasimos Kambites, a Greek orthodox priest and doctor, travels with his Ugandan wife to Uganda. They go to a place called Bukasa Island. It is there where their lives become a fantastic struggle with most of the odds against them. Together Gerasimos and his wife (Sarah Nnalubwama) battle with the novelty of doing what they thought was right amongst scarcity of medical supplies and equipment, the threat of civil war, and the uncertainty and convictions of the islanders.

Rooted in the 1907’s through the 1980’s the reader sees a story that has been developed from start to finish, detailing all of the experiences that family, love, hope, passion and dedication give. Gerasimos depicts “Tears On The Equator” in a very detailed way, taking us through the threads which weaved the tapestry of his life, in this true story of his life.

“Tears On The Equator” is a very touching story and has a very heartfelt narrative, for those whom appreciate these types of books.

However, word of edgewise:

Please know that this is a story that is best enjoyed by a person who likes this genre, or type of recounting.

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To best describe my thoughts on “Tears On The Equator” I would have to say that it’s a true story meant from people who applaud its value and genus.

If I were to be completely honest, I’d have to say that the story was not at the top of my list on must reads. It simply wasn’t my favorite. The reasons why are as follows:

  • While an inspirational story, at times it just seemed too melancholy. While it is true that eventually the reader sees the light at the end of the tunnel, I still (at times) felt like, “Oh my goodness! Please, someone, ANYONE tell me a joke!”
  • I completely get that the main character (Gerasimos) was a priest. I get that he had his own personal experience with God. I get that, and I respect it. I even admire his faith and that of his wife. But, for crying out loud, the book WAS SO preachy.
  • Also, I completely comprehend that true stories tend to be longer than fictional ones, but I have to ask; why were some things so darn lengthy? From the run-on sentences, to the extended scenes, I truly think that some of these things could have been cut shorter.
    For 2 reasons: (1) the story would have been portrayed more effectively. (2) I wouldn’t bore people so much. I mean, honestly, I kept dozing off. That’s never a good sign.
  • I noted one or two grammatical/editorial errors—itsy-bitsy, minuscule ones, barely noticeable unless you have a trained eye. I don’t think that they deterred my reading in any way in THAT aspect. This is apart from the extremely long sentences.

In short, “Tears On The Equator: Muzungu” by Gerasimos I. Kambites is a good read, but just not for me. So, if I were to give the most objective feedback, I’d have to say …

If you are a reader that enjoys life dramas, true stories, multicultural & culture clash type scenarios, and stories about faith, God and hope, then this book is for you. However, if you’re a reader that enjoys more lighthearted true stories and/or less serious inspirations tales, then this book may not be your cup of tea.

I cannot, in a conscious mind, say that this book is terrible, it is just not for me.

6 TRB Stars. This will translate into 3 stars elsewhere.

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Great! Thank you Mr. Controversy and Mini Truth. Let’s go ahead and do the math, shall we?

Well, it seems that “Tears On The Equator: Muzungu” by Gerasimos Kambites has accrued a total of 6.5 TRB Stars.

6.5stars

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