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Running the Rift [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Benaron
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"An auspicious debut . . . Having worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda, Benaron clearly acquired a very lucid sense of her characters' lives and of the horrors they endured. Her story tells, with compelling clarity, of Rwandan Tutsi youth, Jean Patrick Nkuba--who dreams of becoming Rwanda's first Olympic medalist. It's a dream he must postpone for more than a decade as the internecine savagery, Hutu vs. Tutsi, slaughters millions and derails the lives of countless others. While it would be counterintuitive to pronounce this a winning, feel-good story, there is something to be said for hope restored. And Naomi Benaron's characters say it well."--The Daily Beast "In a finely crafted story of dreams, illusions, hard reality, and reaching the other side of fear, Benaron has bestowed upon the world a story that illuminates events on a national scale by showing their effects at the personal level."--ForeWord Reviews "Benaron accomplishes the improbable feat of wringing

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"An auspicious debut . . . Having worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda, Benaron clearly acquired a very lucid sense of her characters' lives and of the horrors they endured. Her story tells, with compelling clarity, of Rwandan Tutsi youth, Jean Patrick Nkuba--who dreams of becoming Rwanda's first Olympic medalist. It's a dream he must postpone for more than a decade as the internecine savagery, Hutu vs. Tutsi, slaughters millions and derails the lives of countless others. While it would be counterintuitive to pronounce this a winning, feel-good story, there is something to be said for hope restored. And Naomi Benaron's characters say it well."--The Daily Beast "In a finely crafted story of dreams, illusions, hard reality, and reaching the other side of fear, Benaron has bestowed upon the world a story that illuminates events on a national scale by showing their effects at the personal level."--ForeWord Reviews "Benaron accomplishes the improbable feat of wringing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 726 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 378 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1616200421
  • Verlag: Oneworld Publications (1. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007MAJGPQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Exceptional Novel of Rwanda's Genocide 26. Januar 2012
Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
"Even when I remember I am terrified,
And trembling takes hold of my flesh." -- Job 21:6 (NKJV)

To those who live in countries untouched by recent genocide, such events are all but inexplicable. Yet the hatred and division that contribute to genocide are apparent well in advance. From a book like Running the Rift, that draws so well on actual events in constructing a fictional life, much can be learned for what to look for in avoiding future awful events like this one.

While you may not think that a book about leading up to and experiencing mass murder could be beautiful, Naomi Benaron has transcended her subject matter to uplift the human spirit by describing her heroes and heroines. Even the villains will teach you valuable things about what it means to be human and to have compassion for others.

If you admire books that capture a whole history of a major event in one fictional narrative, you won't want to miss this book. It's remarkable!

So what's it all about?

Jean Patrick Nkuba was born with a special gift for running that led to him being groomed to compete internationally for Rwanda. In being so favored, life wasn't all sweetness and light. As an obvious member of the Tutsi (as defined by some physiological characteristics) group in Rwanda, he has difficult decisions to make about being loyal to his family, to others like himself, and to his nation at a time when many despised those like him. As a result, he straddles the Hutu and Tutsi worlds in a way that's wonderful for telling the story of the conflict between those who were identified with one group or the other at the time of the genocide.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspirierend, schockierend und aufruettelnd! 14. April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dieser Roman hat mich zuerst dazu inspiriert, wieder anzufangen zu laufen. Dann hat er mich tief erschuettert und schliesslich mit Hoffnung erfuellt. Ich wuerde jetzt sehr gerne einmal Ruanda besuchen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Sad Yet Uplifting Tale of the Rwandan Genocide 3. Januar 2012
Von Bonnie Brody - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Running the Rift begins in Rwanda in 1994 and takes the reader through 1998. It is the story of the horrific genocide that devastated the country and pitted neighbor against neighbor. It is also the story of individuals - their dreams, hopes and wreckage.

When the Belgians occupied Rwanda, they classified the people who spoke one language and shared one culture into two separate groups - the Hutus and the Tutsis. They did this by observing the physical characteristics of the people. The Tutsis tended to be thinner and lankier with smaller noses. The Hutus tended to be more muscular and had a stronger, stockier appearance. After these two groups were named, the balance of power shifted repeatedly between them. Sometimes the Tutsis held power and at other times the Hutus did.

At the time that this novel opens, the Hutus are gaining power and want to eradicate the Tutsis who they call `cockroaches' or `dog eaters'. The bloodshed is horrific and no one in this country is spared the death of loved ones or family. President Habyarimana has just seized power and states that he will make the country whole again. However, his words are empty. He is surrounded by thugs who support the genocide. He rules with empty promises. The United Nations have some troops in Rwanda but they are ineffective. The western countries seem not to care what is happening here and do not intervene to put a stop to the bloodshed.

The main protagonist in this novel is a young man named Jean Patrick, a focused and determined student and runner. Despite being a Tutsi, he has the top grades in his class and is accepted into a private boarding school. Jean Patrick is such a good runner that he hopes to make the Olympic team. It looks promising for him. Habyarimana holds him up as a symbol of the unity of Rwanda despite the fact that no unity exists.

Jean Patrick has a grueling schedule of work-outs and is training for the 800 meter event. His coach, Rutembeza, is a man who is difficult to read. He appears to support Jean Patrick and love him like a son but one gets the sense that there is something dark and hidden in his nature. It is he who is responsible for Jean Patrick's future. He secures a Hutu identity card for Jean Patrick so that he can pass himself off as Hutu at security checkpoints.

Once high school is over, Jean Patrick goes off to college in Butare. It is there that he first meets Bea, the love of his life. He becomes close to her family. Bea's father, Niyonzima is an esteemed journalist who has spent several years in jail in the past for writing articles that were deemed insubordinate. His wife Ineza is an artist. They look upon Jean Patrick as a son.

The novel is both historical and personal. The reader is taken through the genocide of a country while sharing the lives of Jean Patrick, Bea and their families. The genocide is viewed through their eyes and how it affects their lives.

The novel has won Barbara Kingsolver's Belwether prize for fiction, a prize that supports fiction that advocates social change. This book is a perfect example of that combination.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Running the Rift review 17. Januar 2012
Von KA - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Although this story takes place amidst the Hutu/Tutsi conflict, the underlying question of how one retains humanity in the face of horrific acts of hatred is a universal challenge. The incredible sense of place and time portrayed by Benaron intriguingly does not leave the reader with the comfortable excuse "that was another time, another place" but instead leaves one with the sense this could happen any time, any place. The underlying best and worst of human nature is what she really leads us to consider.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully told novel 7. Februar 2012
Von Unhappy dude - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What a beautifully told novel...loved the language, poetry of verse and unforgetable characters. I highly recommend this book. It is a fast paced and engrossing read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a way to teach the West about the Rwandan genocide 5. Februar 2012
Von T. Sullivan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Others have outlined the plot of this book. As someone who knew nothing about Rwanda except for the movie "Hotel Rwanda", I appreciated the rich context this work of fiction gave to what life was life before, during and after the unimaginable things that happened in Rwanda.

I was so taken with the main character, Jean Patrick, and the juxtaposition with the character Jonathan, the American professor, who befriends him. This was a book I couldn't put down and I'm so grateful for the lesson it taught about humanity, love and hate, and specifically about the beauty and the horror of Rwanda. I honestly could not put this book down.

This book makes me want to read everything else Ms. Benaron writes from now on, because she has a gift for storytelling and a passion for her subject that makes everything she writes come to life. I would recommend this novel to anybody who appreciates beautiful writing. And you just might learn a ton about Rwanda too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful and engrossing 5. Januar 2012
Von Julia Flyte - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Jean-Patrick Nkuba is a Tutsi boy growing up in rural Rwanda. He is a bright student and a gifted runner, fast enough to potentially qualify for the Olympics. He was named after an uncle who was killed in a 1973 massacre of the Tutsi people, but such violence between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples now seems long in the past.

The story takes place between 1984 and 1998. Over the years the tension gradually builds between the two groups as the Tutsi people become increasingly harrassed and the media inflames racial divisions. Jean-Patrick's brother joins the RPF, a Tutsi rebel group, but Jean-Patrick heads to university and trains to be an Olympic runner. He befriends an American geology professor and falls in love with a Hutu girl. Sporadically violence against Tutsis erupts, but Jean-Patrick chooses to believe that his high profile running talent (and his well connected coach) will protect him from persecution. Meanwhile we - the reader - have a sense of dread from the outset that grows ever stronger.

This book pulled me in immediately. The sense of place is palpable. You can almost feel, smell and taste Rwanda as you read it. While it is fiction, it feels so real that I found it hard to believe that this wasn't a true story and that Benaron isn't Rwandan (she's not). It takes you inside Jean-Patrick's head and you can understand why he ignores so many warning signs and warnings from friends about the tensions that are building. It's so much easier to stick to the beliefs that you were raised with, even when the evidence against them is so overwhelming. When the genocide comes, some Hutus turn on their friends and lovers, but others will risk and even sacrifice their own lives to save their countrymen.

While this story is set against the build up to the genocide in Rwanda, it's very much the story of an individual rather than the conflict itself. Parts are very difficult to read, but there is a sense of hope as well. It's a very powerful story, engrossing to read and hard to forget.
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