The Water Thief E–pub/Kindle

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  • The Water Thief
  • Claire Hajaj
  • English
  • 25 November 2020
  • 9781786073945

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Free download ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ê Claire Hajaj Summary í The Water Thief ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Lending his engineering skills to build a children's hospital Adrift from the world he knows dangerous currents soon pull him in a simmering family conflict hidden corruption and violence a killing drought attraction to his hos. AudioBook Review Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Let s be honest it will be the characters and their choices that will ultimately make or break this book for each reader or listener and unless one is looking for a what could go wrong while on a humanitarian mission the story follows struggles of time immemorial power haves versus have nots right versus wrong and the long lasting effects of colonialization and the subjugation of peoples believed to be less than In this book Nick is a thirty something engineer living in London pottering along as expected until the death of his father pushes him into a spate of self examination He decides that even though newly engaged he is drawn to put his skills to work in helping with a construction project in Africa Arriving in country Nick is placed with a host family and finds that the project much as he feared and was warned about has been delayed and beset by many of the issues that thrive in the developing world low skilled labor corruption lack of infrastructure theft overly ambitious plans and a general sense of this is how it always is that provides a cushion of sorts that seems to soften the missteps and bring them a sense of acceptable And as Nick s work becomes problematic his life in the host family home also becomes entangled with complications some as a result of his presence some due to the young son and his ever increasing observations and most due to a relationship struck with the woman of the house I m not sure that the affair actually was reuired but the expectations and Nick s overly invested approach to the people and the dire situations found after drought and a water monopoly push him to a choice that while morally correct becomes one of those can two wrongs ever make a right situations Narration for this story is provided by Dominic Thorburn a new to me narrator who presented the story in all of its permutations with care and clarity The story mixes third person narration with flashes of the host family s son s input in first person detailing his recognition of the situation both in his home and in his country as the story progresses Beautiful prose that presents a rather spare overview of situations and considerations with occasional flashes of color that add a presence and depth to a story that is already layered and mired in difficulties uestions and conundrums There is a certain sense of been here before in this book as the tales of corruption subjugation and wealthy using the power of ownership to keep their position firmly planted on the necks and backs of those who have not I m not entirely sure what readers are meant to do with this new information perhaps understand a bit about the polemic and talking points of the haves and then digging deeper to see upon just whom they are standing I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Recorded Books for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility Review first appeared at I am Indeed

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Free download ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ê Claire Hajaj Summary í The Water Thief ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Who decides what is right How do we judge our actions And how do we live with ourselves when things go wrong Following his father's death troubled idealist Nick abandons his safe London life for a remote desert village in Africa. 35 stars

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Free download ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ê Claire Hajaj Summary í The Water Thief ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB T's lonely wife But when he realizes a water well could offer a way out for the village and redeem his guilty conscience he takes matters into his own hands It's a decision that changes everything for him and for everyone he lov. Nick is a thirtysomething professional in England after his father s death he decides to take a one year sabbatical to volunteer his professional expertise as an architect on a construction project in Africa Nick is recently engaged in isn t really sure where his life is headed Upon his arrival in the town in an unnamed African nation he starts to see how different life is from when he grew up with and knows back homeThe construction work that he is managing moves slowly and it is marked by many of the features of the developing world foreign expertise low skilled local labor and its challenges leadership corruption and misguided ambition As if that weren t enough Nick also feels challenged faces challenges with the family who is hosting him in their home Despite having a fianc e back home he starts an affair with his host s wifeAs the months progress a drought grows in the country and everyone must buy fresh water from the governor s monopoly water supply company There is no well or other sources of water so without the water trucks there is no water for irrigation cleaning cooking or drinking The governor claims benevolence by selling water but makes a tidy profit on the backs of the villagers with no choiceThe author paints a rather bleak although sadly realistic picture of how close to the edge of survival millions of people live in the developing world There seems to be some foreign money as well as some well intentioned people genuinely trying to help get harsh it is a lack of resources and fundamentally the selfishness of human nature that keeps people stuck where they areNick desperately wants to address the water shortage by drilling the well in the village When he can t get funding by reuest decides to borrow from the hospital s construction fund do itAs he starts the drilling project everything starts to fall apart his work is relationships the stability of the village everything Told in rather straightforward prose with occasional color descriptions the story also changes from third person to first person narration of the preadolescent son of Nick s host family showing his person effective as he also comes of age in the storyIt feels like you re almost in the story feeling the heat in the sun beating down on the dry dusty air bakes in the hot winds of the African SahelIt s hard to stay where this leaves the reader hopeful or helpless relieved or agitated happy or sad By capturing the complexity nuance and challenges of life in developing Africa the author does an important service to the people of that continent She shows how the conspiracy of geography weather religion Western influence and corruption have constrained and restrain the people of Africa for years and reflects on the missed opportunity of the future without some kind of radical change in one or of these elements That is not to say that this change is easier likely in fact even the degree of possibility of change is subject to debateAnyone who is interested in Africa or the complexities of life in the developing world would enjoy this book while a may not uite rise to the level of moral fiction it certainly is a worthwhile and valuable read By Sea by Land into his own hands It's a decision that changes everything for him and for everyone he lov. 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