8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
This compilation of interviews with various survivors of the Rwandan Genocide is one of great depth. I read this work during my graduate studies for a Holocaust and Genocide studies MA. Considering the amount of material I have read that is similar in content to this work, I was not expecting such a strong and visceral reaction. At one point in the work, I was unable to keep reading and had to leave the book while I wept. It is not often that this reaction comes to me at this point. The suffering is palpable throughout these interviews and this is a must-read work for anyone interested in human rights, genocide, war, peace studies, history or life in general.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2009
I would just like to note some mistakes in both publisher review summaries;
(1) The killings took place over a 3 month period; not 3 days. The three month period was April - June 1994, though lesser violence continued into July and onwards.
(2) The amount of Tutsi left dead at the end of the massacres totaled close to 1,000,000. There are 'neat' estimates around 500,000, but the most accurate place the victim toll at 800,000 to 937,000+. At least.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
Life Laid Bare is simply superb. The author allows the voices of the genocide survivors ring through and gives them enough time and enough respect to allow them to verbally muse and mull. The net result is not only illuminating of Rwanda's history and the genocide itself - but presses home the complexity of genocidal events. I very much liked the fact that the author and the survivors made no attempt to speak for others in the sense that the claim here is that people are telling their own experience in the midst of events. They are humblingly humble in their incite of the enormity, but yet at the same time, individuality, of what they experienced. Must be read with the two subsequent books, Machete Season and the Antelope's Strategy.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2009
The author puts a lot of information concerning the attitudes, fears, and unrest still prevelant in Rwanda. Survivor's guilt is an understandable emotion of the Tsutsi's that remain. And, quite obviouly, trusting those Hutus who were complicit in the genocide is a serious problem even now.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
I loved the book. Yet - it's hard to rate a product like that. All three books by Jean Hatzfeld (this one is the first out of trilogy) are amazing, all three should be read.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
How lucky one should consider oneself when one realizes the suffering these poor, innocent victims of racial hatred had to endure! Faith and God and love for each other were the saving factors for each of these individuals. Personal accounts of their suffering brought reality to this genocide which, like any other genocide, is created by jealously, envy and pure hatred for other human beings. May God forgive us for such evil.