Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji by Will Lutwick. A Peace Corps Writers Book, 2012.
Will’s memoir is insightful, funny and romantic. It is a well written memoir of his Peace Corps experience. He has crafted a story that reads more like a fine novel than a dateline of experiences. He provides great details of the Fiji people and culture while maintaining plot and just the right amount of humor.
He makes it easy for the reader to understand the main characters; their emotion and what drives them. He successfully creates suspense as well as romance. His use of dialog is well done as it enhances and moves the story forward. He clearly shows time and place right to the end with the suspense filled Selective Service Board hearing to gain III-A status.
Dodging Machetes takes place in the late 60’s and early 70’s and he portrays that era flawlessly. Will’s Peace Corps experience was unique yet familiar and believable. I feel his writing is a fine representation of a Peace Corps experience in the early seventies with a wonderful story to boot.
I would highly recommend Dodging Machetes.