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Some Far and Distant Place From Library Journal Born of Baptist missionary parents in Pakistan Addleton recounts a childhood spent on the parched plains of the Sind and at the Muree Christian School located at an old British Himalayan hill station. These splendid reminiscences embrace his life from birth in 1957 to his graduation from high school in 1975. His descriptions pass from childhood picnics among the ancient digs of an early industrial civilization at Mohenjo Daro to winning a high school basketball tournament in Kabul. Juxtaposed are the extremes of returning on furlough to Georgia to see family members and renew church financial support for the mission. Addletons attachment to this distant place is obvious in his work as a Foreign Service employee with the U.S. Agency for International Development during service in Pakistan Yemen Kazakstan and elsewhere and his memories project a deeply moving warmth and kindness. Highly recommended.?John F. Riddick Central Michigan Univ. Lib. Mt. PleasantCopyright 1997 Reed Business Information Inc. Read more From Kirkus Reviews Ultimately an appreciation--not without critical reflection-- of a formatively marginalizing childhood in Pakistan by the son of Georgia-born Baptist missionaries. Addleton a Foreign Service officer believes that his defining attitude of awe mixed with ambiguity informs his ability to be partly at home everywhere--but not fully at home anywhere. In Upper Sind site of his parents ministry when he was a child a sense of the eternal prevailed. But only at the Murree Christian School 700 miles away in the mountains could Addleton feel part of a collective--of missionary kids who created their own micro-universe--rather than like a displaced alien at home in none of the cultures he straddled--not in Muslim Hindu society nor among the Sindhi Christians street sweepers all who lived in the busti or ghetto with disease and despair . Nor in what should have been our home the US visited on fund-raising furloughs fraught with culture shocks--like the sanitization of death at Forest Lawn some sort of first-class waiting room which confirmed Addletons perception that the fragility of life largely eluded the American consciousness. Death whether from pestilence accident or war was very much at the forefront of existence in Pakistan. For Addleton it was a source of recurring terrors and a subject of extended contemplation his psychological resilience today derives from both a philosophical bent for reconciling incongruities and from the reality of the Living God revealed in Jesus Christ--his constant since the day in second grade that the Word manifested itself to him. A slow earnest sometimes elegiac reminiscence weighted by a privileged proprietary perspective on Pakistan and inflected with unconditional numinousness. Most valuable however as the testimony of a missionary kid a member of one of the tiniest and most lonely minorities on earth. Regional author tour -- Copyright 1997 Kirkus Associates LP. All rights reserved. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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Makes the Far and Distant more familiar to those a generation removed and 1 2 a world away.
Delight tale well written and revealing of the life of a Westerner growing up in the East. My mother had the same experi
Not the most pleasurable read
The information is interesting but the book itself is a bit dry. I had to push to get through it. I had hoped for a bit
A page-turning memoir!
The individual who found this book & 34 a bit dry& 34 probably did not grow up as a Third Culture Kid TCK . Eloquently w
A Hidden Treasure
I came across this book by accident at my local library. It reminded me why memoirs are my favorite genre. Addleton does

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