Singing to the Dead: A Missioner's Life Among Refugees from Burma (Hardback)Victoria Armour-Hileman (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
With writing that is clear and urgent, Victoria Armour-Hileman makes us feel the Mon refugees' precarious existence. I laughed and cried over this stunning memoir and will remain forever haunted by its humanity.--Sue William Silverman> "author of "Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You" "
Armour-Hileman chronicles her unforgettable interlude with the enduring Mon with striking candor, confessing her sense of inadequacy in the face of so much pain and evil, her despair over the stark reality that indigenous people all around the world have been forced to the brink of extinction, and her inability to fathom the motives of those who commit atrocities. Observant, sweetly funny, modest, and compassionate, Armour-Hileman is a thought-provoking storyteller and an invaluable witness to what is both 'hideous and holy' in human nature.--"Booklist" (starred review)
Her book is a poignant, often funny, intensely moving chronicle of big frustrations and small victories.--"Wall Street Journal"
Hileman, who never loses her sense of humor, is strikingly successful in introducing the reader to those whom she served.--"Pacific Rim Voices"--Kiriyama Prize Finalists
A story of profound human connectedness . . . Through her skillful storytelling, Armour-Hileman raises thought-provoking questions about human motives, pain and suffering, and work of global justice and peace and divine inaction in our world. . . . "Singing to the Dead" puts a face on a terrible tragedy half a world away, and its message is compelling. Armour-Hileman's vivid, eye-opening account, though written with humor and compassion, is a story that demands a personal response from each of us.--"America"
The involvement of Victoria Armour-Hileman with the Mon shows the importance of inter-religious collaboration. She describes very forthrightly the pain, the joy, even the adventure of her work . . . This type of cooperation between Buddhists and Catholics really promotes mutual understanding and builds bridges between people of very different ethnic, religious, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Our world sorely needs these bridge-builders--those who in their own way live the beatitudes.--"Bibliographia Missionaria"
Armour-Hileman has a gentle sensibility and an attention to detail and nuance that makes this a touching and sometimes gripping memoir. The convergence of her faith and that of the monks is a motif that runs gracefully through her account.--"Shambhala Sun"
The book opens a new world on the suffering that we are capable of inflicting on one another; it shows the dangers of a globalization in which the legitimate aspirations of people are subjugated to economic pragmatism.--"MultiCultural Review"
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