Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

Tim Bascom Ted Hoagland

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Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia By Tim Bascom Ted Hoagland Chameleon Days An American Boyhood in Ethiopia In at the age of three Tim Bascom is thrust into a world of eucalyptus trees and stampeding baboons when his family moves from the Midwest to Ethiopia The unflinchingly observant narrator of th

  • Title: Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia
  • Author: Tim Bascom Ted Hoagland
  • ISBN: 9780618658695
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia By Tim Bascom Ted Hoagland In 1964, at the age of three, Tim Bascom is thrust into a world of eucalyptus trees and stampeding baboons when his family moves from the Midwest to Ethiopia The unflinchingly observant narrator of this memoir reveals his missionary parents struggles in a sometimes hostile country Sent reluctantly to boarding school in the capital, young Tim finds that beyond the gatesIn 1964, at the age of three, Tim Bascom is thrust into a world of eucalyptus trees and stampeding baboons when his family moves from the Midwest to Ethiopia The unflinchingly observant narrator of this memoir reveals his missionary parents struggles in a sometimes hostile country Sent reluctantly to boarding school in the capital, young Tim finds that beyond the gates enclosing that peculiar, isolated world, conflict roils Ethiopian society When secret riot drills at school are followed with an attack by rampaging students near his parents mission station, Tim witnesses the disintegration of his family s African idyll as Haile Selassie s empire begins to crumble.Like Alexandra Fuller s Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Chameleon Days chronicles social upheaval through the keen yet naive eyes of a child Bascom offers readers a fascinating glimpse of missionary life, much as Barbara Kingsolver did in The Poisonwood Bible.
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    1. Sue on said:

      Tim Bascom s family moved to Ethiopia when he was three to serve as medical missionaries with Sudan Interior Mission For the first three years, Tim remained at home with his parents, although his older brother was away at boarding school When the family returned from their furlough, Tim joined his brother at boarding school with all the new fears and experiences of that situation This recounts those experiences looking back as an adult but through the eyes of the child he was I liked this better [...]

    2. Todd Coburn on said:

      This is a neat little book about a young boy growing up as a missionary kid in Ethiopia It is an interesting read, and well written Reading the book, I felt my pulse slow, and the day meander by, and felt a little of what the author must have felt as a boy in that situation The book does a good job of taking the reader to that place.Anyone wishing to experience the life of a missionary kid, or perhaps that of the child of a foreign relief worker, may enjoy this book.

    3. Judy on said:

      Had I not attended an Iowa writers workshop last year, it s unlikely I would have come across this book But hearing the author speak, not only about his experiences as a Missionary Kid in Africa, but also his process and advice for memoir writing, I wanted to read his book Chameleon Days is one of two memoirs Bascom has written about his experiences in Africa first as a young child and the second, Running to the Fire, as he comes of age in Ethiopia during the Marxist Red Terror What I appreciate [...]

    4. Katherine on said:

      The author was in Ethiopia just slightly before I was, but in a much different environment while I was a military brat, Bascom was the son of medical missionaries His family lived in the field while he attended boarding school in Addis Ababa I lived with my family and attended school in Addis I think perhaps I was looking for something evocative, or some time spent on what was actually happening in Ethiopia during the time he was there I get it we were there when the monarchy fell, and I was th [...]

    5. Mary on said:

      Fascinating account of a boyhood in Ethiopia Timmy travels with his parents and 2 brothers to a missionary station in Ethiopia Told with a strong voice from a child s point of view, I recommend this book.

    6. Louise on said:

      These are the memories of the middle child of a couple who served as missionaries in Ethiopia in the 1960 s Tim was 3 years old when he first arrived The book covers his parents tours of 5 years, making him 8 years old at the book s end.It s hard to imagine such an observant 3 year old, but, this is a child living in a highly insecure environment A perfect metaphor occurs at the start when Tim and his older brother arrive on Ethiopian soil and run Miraculously they stop at the edge of a cliff Th [...]

    7. Liralen on said:

      This is a book about growing up in Ethiopia, but not really far than that it is about growing up in a missionary family in Ethiopia, which is a different beast altogether.Very young when he moved there, the author lived in a mission house, went to an American run boarding school, and had almost no interaction with native Ethiopians who were not connected to the mission or the school I don t fault Bascom for this again, he was young but it must have made for an upbringing both exotic and shelter [...]

    8. Patricia on said:

      The son of medical missionaries, Tim Bascom and his three brothers moved to Ethiopia when he was only four His six year old brother was immediately left at boarding school, miles away from his family, and didn t get to see them for months Three years later, Tim joined him, and writes about being consumed with sobs at being so far from his family and in the midst of strangers The school treated the children well and it was a huge improvement over local schools, yet Tim felt abandoned, and he desc [...]

    9. Jane Hoppe on said:

      Full of descriptions of simple, imaginative childhood games and the universal desire to belong, Chameleon Days resonates with me on several levels Although young Tim Bascom s games took place mostly in Ethiopia a country I ve never visited as I read Bascom s memoir, I found myself repeating, Oh, yes, now I remember, my brother and I played that game, too And the young author s feelings of separation came because he attended boarding school far from where his missionary parents were stationed, an [...]

    10. Ann on said:

      Tim Bascomb is the son of American missionaries, and, as a result, spent much of his childhood in Ethiopia in the 1960 s.Like the children of many former missionaries, he had to adapt and make adjustments to Western culture on his return to the United States Unlike many that I ve read about, he seems to have done a good job of adapting.I also really like that he seems to be particularly clear sighted about religion and about his past experiences His views, on the whole seem very balanced, IMO.Th [...]

    11. Pete Williamson on said:

      frankly, I had pretty high hopes for this autobiography of a child growing up in Haille Salassie s Ethiopia as the child of missionary parents, but I in the end I came away not really knowing much about Ethiopia or what it was like to live there I was hugely relieved that Bascom did not give us another Franky Schaeffer treatment of his growing up years.

    12. Clinton on said:

      Beautifully written The memoir offers a reflection on the missionary experience as a child in tow Without pretension or agenda, Mr Bascom maintains a child s innocence while deftly weaving reflection throughout.

    13. Rachel N on said:

      Chameleon Days provides a view of Ethiopia through the eyes of a western child in the 1970s It is a well written memoir touched with sadness, and a vulnerable account of the challenges field missionaries face.

    14. Marilyn on said:

      This one almost rated 4 stars Hey, it did earn the the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize It is the story of a young boy as his family serves as missionaries in Ethiopia.

    15. Amanda on said:

      Ok Interestingbut really should be titled something like An American Missionary Childhood Not really much about Ethiopia here.

    16. Cathy on said:

      An interesting look at Ethiopia as seen from a young boy s eyes while his parents were missionaries in the country during the 1960s.

    17. Corey on said:

      This was my first contextual introduction to Ethiopia, where I moved in September 2006 In the year and a half I ve lived here, I ve come to appreciate and understand this book even .

    18. Saturday's Child on said:

      A well written and facinating account of a childhood spent in the wonderful country of Ethiopia It really wet my appetite for travel to Ethiopia.

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