Where The Hell Is Tuvalu?: How I became the law man of the

Where The Hell Is Tuvalu?: How I became the law man of the world's fourth-smallest country How does a young City lawyer end up as the People s Lawyer of the fourth smallest country in the world kilometres from home We ve all thought about getting off the treadmill, turning life on its head and doing something worthwhile Philip Ells dreamed of turquoise seas, sandy beaches and palm trees, and he found these in the tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu But neither his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing pack nor his legal training could prepare him for what happened thereHe learned to deal with rapes, murders, incest, the unforgivable crime of pig theft and to look a shark in the eye But he never dared ask the octogenarian Tuvaluan chief why he sat immobilised by a massive rock permanently resting on his groinWell, you wouldn t, would you This is the story of a UK lawyer colliding with a Pacific island culture The fallout is moving, dramatic, bewildering and often hilarious [Epub] ❧ Peyton 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allows him to see firsthand how people and their society function as the People s Lawyer of Tuvalu, he is bot For a book that, according to Worldcat, cannot be found in a single library in the U.S., this isn t half bad It s another memoir from an expat on a Pacific Island I read it shortly after the muchpopular Sex Lives of Cannibals and liked it a bit better Troost is a better storyteller than Ells, but Ells hasinteresting stories to tell This is unsurprising, since Ells s job allows him to see firsthand how people and their society function as the People s Lawyer of Tuvalu, he is both public defender and civil law consultant for the entire country which works because Tuvalu has only about 10,000 people, and also, family law apparently doesn t exist.The marketing for this book is way off, suggesting that it is an Eat Pray Love, inspiration for career change kind of memoir Not only is that off base given that the author was only in his 20s this isyouthful adventure than midlife crisis , but I doubt many people would want this career change Ells is isolated on a tiny island with poor housing, bad food, regular gastrointestinal distress and other illnesses when it gets serious he has to be medevac d to Fiji because the local facilities are inadequate , bug and rodent infestations, and no modern conveniences Oh, and he works hard, which makes sense when there s an extremely limited social circle and no dating pool to speak of Sure, swimming in the lagoon is a perk, but this book is unlikely to inspire much travel to Tuvalu.I ll get the negatives out of the way first Ells is not the world s greatest storyteller, and the book occasionally bogs down in boring descriptions of, for instance, expat social events Especially in the first half of the book, there are numerous gross out moments and it isn t just the setting there s a gratuitous turd story from Ells s life pre Tuvalu Also, the writing uses British slang to the point that I an American who s spent several months in England couldn t always decipher his meaning Finally, the author s habitually flippant tone and his callous behavior toward his seasick assistant make him seem like a jerk for much of the book.But I warmed back up to him when he showed genuine horror toward domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as an understanding of the societal pressures faced by victims He sees little of either type of crime in Tuvalu, where domestic violence is not taken seriously, but deals with a number of horrific crimes while on several weeks loan to Kiribati And it is definitely an interesting look into a tiny and remote country Much of the island s life appears to take place on and around the airport runway, and of course everyone knows everyone else during a trial for pig stealing, Ells s assistant can t stop laughing during his client s testimony, but then the magistrate lives down the road from the parties and so is unlikely to be fooled anyway People come to the author with everything from defamation by their neighbors to constitutional crises, giving us acomplete picture of island life than most foreigners are likely to ever see There is also some humor, though it s not quite laugh out loud funny.In sumfor the only book known to Goodreads to be set primarily in Tuvalu, this is an adequate read In the end I rather liked reading it, so I m rounding up to 3 stars, but my copy is headed for the donation bin Philip Ells was a lawyer in London and he was burnt out He decided to escape his high pressure job by volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas He was sent to Tuvalu to be the People s Lawyer That job is basically serving as a defense attorney for anyone who needs one There aren t native lawyers available for people The prosecuting attorney was also an ex pat.This job came with some problems that he hadn t expected In Tuvalu there just isn t much crime It is also customary to g Philip Ells was a lawyer in London and he was burnt out He decided to escape his high pressure job by volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas He was sent to Tuvalu to be the People s Lawyer That job is basically serving as a defense attorney for anyone who needs one There aren t native lawyers available for people The prosecuting attorney was also an ex pat.This job came with some problems that he hadn t expected In Tuvalu there just isn t much crime It is also customary to go to the police and write out a full confession immediately if you commit a crime Everyone pleads guilty That makes life for your defense attorney much harder His main job was to try to get the sentences as short as possible for his clients by whatever means necessary This led to most of the island residents calling him The People s Liar He filled out the rest of his time by writing threatening letters to government officials of behalf of citizens That can get awkward when you then meet the officials socially or over tennis.He also inherited Laita, a secretary translator paralegal with his office She feels that the less he knows the better He can cause fewer problems that way.This book is written about his two years of service in the 1990s That means that the community in Tuvalu, had very limited access to the outside world There was no internet and mail may not come if there were extra passengers on the plane From Google Maps This is the main island of Funafuti The town is on the eastern side From Wikipedia This is the whole island nation The islands are spread far apart and there was a boat that tried to make a circuit of them about once a month Sometimes it brings back fruits and vegetables Most of the time it doesn t which leads to ex pat fantasies of the joys of a potato.The ex pats and the natives of Tuvalu never truly understand each other The author writes about this with self deprecating wit He comes to appreciate the quietness of the island especially after being loaned out to Kiribati and working for seven weeks on many horrific crimes in that country in addition to a Constitutional crisis.He may have even been able to do some good such as helping teach a three day seminar on the legal rights of women in an area where domestic violence is not taken seriously by the police.This is an unusual memoir in that the epilogue tell what other people in the book are doing now but never updates what the author did after leaving Tuvalu.This review was originally posted on Based On A True Story Where the Hell is Tuvalu describes the two and a bit years Ells spent working as the People s Lawyer, or the People s Liar as came to be known, in the world s 4th smallest independent nation during the mid 1990 s Focusing on his job and ex pat life among the Tuvaluans, Ells self deprecating humour makes this an interesting read and stands almost alone as the only travel book written on this country.Disillusioned with the corporate world at the grand old age of 23, Ells decides to enroll with V Where the Hell is Tuvalu describes the two and a bit years Ells spent working as the People s Lawyer, or the People s Liar as came to be known, in the world s 4th smallest independent nation during the mid 1990 s Focusing on his job and ex pat life among the Tuvaluans, Ells self deprecating humour makes this an interesting read and stands almost alone as the only travel book written on this country.Disillusioned with the corporate world at the grand old age of 23, Ells decides to enroll with Voluntary Service Overseas VSO , an international development charity, and picks up a posting to Tuvalu, situated smack bang in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.With a total land area of 26 square kilometres and a population of close to 10,000, this is a nation that few will have heard of, which also applied to the author who spent three months pondering whether to take the assignment Previously comprising the Ellice part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony Kiribati making up the Gilbert component , the country only became fully independent in 1978 It s admission to the United Nations in 2000, means that it is the 6th newest UN member bizarrely beating Switzerland which only became a member in 2002.Where the Hell is Tuvalu mostly concentrates on Ells interactions with other palagis pronounced pah langis , the law cases he works and his daily life as an ex pat on this tiny island Naturally, most of his dealings with the Tuvaluan people is through the work he undertakes in his job as the People s Lawyer It is in this role that he defends his clients mostly against charges of pig theft, traffic offences and drunken fighting However, on loan to Kiribati his cases become muchgruesome, including rape and child abuse which signals asomber tone to this part of the book.Given his visit to, and Tuvalu s close historical connection to Kiribaiti, the book naturally lends itself to comparison with J Maarten Troost s book, The Sex Lives of Cannibals While Where the Hell is Tuvalu contains a greater number of funny events that take place, Troost s superior writing ability makes his book the pick of the two by some distance That said, there is still plenty that appeals within Ells offering.Suffering constantly from giardiasis, we probably learn way too much about his bodily functions than is absolutely necessary with this knowledge usually imparted by way of humourous events that occur to Ells Ells considerable efforts to also become immersed in the Tuvaluan way of life ensures that we also get glimpses of some of their customs, which he observes in an entirely by non judgemental fashion There s also illustrations of some of the steadfast friendships he makes during his time on Tuvalu, both with other ex pats and locals.All up, Where the Hell is Tuvalu is a good read, told in humourous fashion and one which provides a bit of knowledge on what life on Tuvalu is like Given the dearth of books available on this tiny Polynesian nation, this is definitely recommended for anyone wanting to find outabout Tuvalu So long as you re able to 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