Welcome to the State of Kuwait
Paperback, 294 Pages
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Based on real-life stories from an international school in Kuwait, which chart the survival of teachers from the thrown-in-at-the-deep-end start to the I-can’t-believe-we-made-it finish. Outlandish comedy abounds as the teachers laugh and lose it, through a mine field of barriers to logic, and challenges to plain common sense.The book illuminates the startling excesses of the oil-money rich as they balance a past of poverty with an extreme pot of gold from the end of the rainbow. It shows Kuwait as a microcosm reflecting the more global issues surrounding waste, ecology, using more than we need, and consumerism gone mad. The stories reveal the pros and cons of teaching on the international circuit and how the teachers adapt to an alien land of dust, sexual and racial inequality and an oppressive political regime, both inside and outside school. Resilience, fortitude and a hefty dose of humour gets the teachers through to the end with a cheer and a wave.
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Jan 21, 2017I enjoyed reading this entertaining and accessible account of teaching in Kuwait. There are many toe-curling moments, fascinating insights and hilarious accounts of everyday absurdities of life in a very strange (to us, anyway!) culture. It's a courageous exploration of a fairly problematic situation where it's not really in anyone's interest to "rock the boat" but the mixture of rapid development, unthinking embrace of consumer culture, and overindulgence of children may be leading to a fairly combustible and unstable society. I was impressed by the resilience and courage of the teachers working in such a stressful situation, and I am even more impressed by the courage, honesty and acuity of the writer.
Oct 23, 2016Simply couldn't put it down. I was belly-laughing from start to finish. The descriptions of the characters and the place truly bring it to life. If you've never been to the middle east you will certainly feel like you have been after reading this literacy delight. All things bizarre and dysfunctional are documented wonderfully by Spencer. One of the most enjoyable reads in a long time. Highly recommended! I'll read it again when I need a good laugh.
Oct 20, 2016In "Welcome to Kuwait", the problems of working in a failing education system [for some] are expressed with humour and zealour. It also proves that difficulties can be overcome with supportive colleagues, friendship, resilience and essentially, a sense of humour. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading about the next adventure, I guess from another part of the world.
Oct 20, 2016I love this book! There are so many laughable moments, but also some bits that are quite thought provoking. I had absolutely no idea about Kuwait and that part of the globe. This book paints a vivid picture of life for international teachers and the challenges they face. My favourite parts are definitely Pink Day and Fun Run on the Road of Death. Unbelievable. Very funny.
Oct 17, 2016Francesca Spencer relates the happenings of her life in bold language, full of incredulity and humour. This book is un-put-down-able, apart from when I was laughing out loud. I especially liked the chapter - Sex. There are also quirky gems of dialogue, such as the lizards on the golf-course that sound like Al Pacino. The personal tales of teachers in a far-off land are hilarious, but there is an underlying poignancy which makes this book more broad-reaching than a mere memoir. Fun, thought-provoking, accurately observed. More please.
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- Francesca Spencer (Standard Copyright License)
- Fiona Webster
- October 17, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.1 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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