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Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda Paperback – September 1, 2000
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Carr's humble tenacity and bold strength animate her historical, cultural, and personal accounts. Arriving in Africa in 1949, she witnesses the traditions of the royal Tutsi dynasty, sails up the Congo to camp in pygmy villages, encounters leopards, mingles with European aristocrats, finds and loses love, and lives through Congo independence and civil war. Her passion for the country and its people makes for a life story that is both tragic and hopeful, and full of interesting details that animate the spirit of Rwanda. --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This biography provides readers with much insight into the recent and not so recent deadly war between the Wahutu and Watutsi. Rosamund Halsey Carr brings five decades of East Africa to life through the author's first hand experiences. Anyone who expects sexual exploits and scandals in personal narratives need to look elsewhere. However, those who want an insightful look at a people and a land, this biography is worth reading.
The way the author describes her friendship with Dian Fossey, her marriage to Kenneth, the people she met and shared her home and land with, and the circumstances of ethnic strife in Rwanda are incredibly touching and fascinating.
The author moved to Rwanda in the waning years of colonialism. At first, it appeared like this unique lifestyle of privilege the colonialists lead will last for a very long time--yet it seemed to vanish overnight. Most of the author's friends were killed or lost everything when the Congo (now Zaire) and Rwanda made their transitions to independence.
From there, Rwanda seems to have a bright enough future as the government invests in environmental and educational progress. However, all the while displaced Tutsi refugees were fermenting across the border in Uganda, Burundi, and the Congo.
As war and revenge tears apart the progress that's been made since independence, the author struggles to maintain her humanity, home, farm, and physical safety. Like so many people, she lost nearly everything in the genocide that occurred in 1994--many of her workers and friends, all her possessions--even the plumbing was ripped out of the walls of her house. Not to be daunted, she rebounds later that year by remaking her farm into an orphanage.
This book was an amazing look at the struggles, triumphs, and tragedies the Rwandan people faced over a span of about 50 years. It helped me understand the transition to independence and the genocide so much better than news reports. The author tells the story in a refreshingly human light--helping imagine what it might have been like.
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A journey with the best of people in a world with great beauty though stained horrendously by other people who turn to hate and cruelty instead of understanding, love, peace and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PJH
The book is rich in history and describes scenes, settings and a great geographical explanation of the area. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jaybo
An incredible story about a woman who went to Africa with her husband and fell in love with Rwanda, choosing to make it her home for life even after divorce and the troubled times... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Cat
A great book which helped me understand the history of Rwanda. It was written by an American woman, who owned a flower plantation and during the 50 years she called Rwanda home she... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Claxton
An honest and inspirational story of how a woman lost her heart to Rwanda, and how it gave her the courage to remain there through the turmoil of post independence.Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Merkus
My book club selected this book. I did not expect to like it much, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Sayer
A great story of the love and determination of a woman who against all odds willingly took risks for something that she felt called to do. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geneva C. Reid
This young lady from New Jersey married a British adventurer, divorced him after a time and stayed in Rwanda to become an important figure through the decades of painful change up... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tim F. Merriman
This is a very informative memoir of an American woman who married a British man who was an African explorer. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Monte Cristo