Here’s what iUniverse’s “product description” says of novel Tanga, written by Eric Madeen, an RPCV from Gabon and currently an associate professor of English at Tokyo City University. After reading this “product description” you can’t say RPCVs lack imagination!
TANGA is a novel of forbidden love set in a rain forest village in the heart of Africa. It seamlessly merges adventure, romance, and the psycho-thriller while deconstructing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, with David undergoing the Kurtz syndrome — to a lesser degree, of course. Like Kurtz, David enters the heart of “blackest” Africa as a white man, and as a Peace Corps volunteer of genuine idealism, he finds himself both “corrupted by” and also empathizing with the Africans he becomes involved with, and tempted to “go native.”
In sum, TANGA is an irresistible love story. From the moment David sees Assam naked in the stream, right up through his final confrontation with the climactic tragedy as a result of her taboo being broken, the tension and excitement between them never dissipates. With its genuine folk tales, colorful proverbs, and striking evocation of locale that captures the essence of the place and its people, TANGA boasts a depth of emotion interwoven with dramatic tension that builds to a powerful climax.
Who writes this stuff anyway? And can I get them to write the flap copy for my next novel?