I visited Papua New Guinea in the early 90's when there was rebels and fighting and danger. There was a sliver of hope given by a man who was the black sheep in the town (or was it the white sheep?). He used Great Expectations to mesmerize the village and take their mind off the awful and potential of more awful things going on. It is told through the eyes of a little girl. It was a wonderfully written book, and did not end in Papua New Guinea. I recommend it.
Off to Japan!