This is a fast-moving adventure. The author really captured the "feeling" of being isolated in a truly foreign culture. The shear joy of hearing/speaking your own language, gravitating towards anything familiar, the fear factor are all vivid in this book. The story-line is great as well. This author either lived there or really did her homework; everything is so real! A great ride. Bruce M. | Reviewing "Even Hippos Can Drown"