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Two Years in Poland and Other Stories: A Sixty-Seven-Year-Old Grandfather Joins the Peace Corps and Looks Back on His Life: A Memoir Lawrence Brane Siddall

Two Years in Poland and Other Stories: A Sixty-Seven-Year-Old Grandfather Joins the Peace Corps and Looks Back on His Life: A Memoir

Lawrence Brane Siddall

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ISBN : 9780981529707
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255 pages
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In this absorbing and delightful memoir, Lawrence Brane Siddall takes the reader to Poland where he taught English in a high school as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999 following his retirement. He calls it his late-life adventure. AtMoreIn this absorbing and delightful memoir, Lawrence Brane Siddall takes the reader to Poland where he taught English in a high school as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999 following his retirement. He calls it his late-life adventure. At sixty-seven he was one of only 450 senior Peace Corps volunteers out of 6,500 worldwide. With an eye for detail he vividly describes the challenges he faces in the classroom, his struggle to learn Polish, his initial feelings of isolation in adjusting to a new culture, and the close friends he eventually makes. He has since returned to Poland twice.Siddall also weaves flashbacks into his narrative, including an amazing 11,000-mile overland trek from Europe to India in 1956. Traveling with a friend in a VW Beetle, their route takes them through the Middle East at a time of political instability, making for a risky venture. With the events of that time still reverberating today, Siddalls keen observations are as relevant now as they were then. His account of working his way back to the U.S on a freighter is a colorful final chapter in his five-month-long odyssey.Born in China where his father was a medical missionary, Lawrence Siddall grew up in Oberlin, Ohio. He is a 1952 graduate of Oberlin College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts. A retired psychotherapist, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.