Running the Rift

Running the Rift

Book - 2011
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Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts, after which he must find a way back to a better life.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9781443409711
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 23 cm

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toni_brinsfield
Jan 11, 2019

Totally engrossing. Although fiction, it is based upon facts down to the the dates of consequence that lead to the genocide. There was a moment, about 3/4 into the book that I almost stopped reading since I knew what would happen next to most of the characters I fell in love with... but I kept reading and so glad I did. It's a horrifying, spellbinding read that helps me understand the Rwandan experience. When a country is so culturally isolated and events are unbelievable to the common Westerner, it creates a vacuum that the Rwandan people found themselves in. However, aside from one comment in the book (about there being no natural resources for The West to justify getting involved in correcting the humanitarian crisis) I still don't understand how the world didn't intervene in this horrific history. Tragic. Read this if you want to learn more about Rwandan history and the human spirit.

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sandraperkins
Oct 25, 2015

Excellent book! I really enjoyed the characters, and I learned a ton about what happened in Rwanda in the 1990s. The book could be depressing, but it is not.

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jtkretzschmar
Dec 01, 2013

I am so thankful I came across this book. I've always been interested (horrified) by what happened in Rwanda in the nineties. This was a wonderful book which also contained a lot of facts about the civil uprising. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can stomach it.

mjkedzior Oct 14, 2013

A wonderful journey into the world of young athletes, love and war in distant lands.

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lgbennett89
Mar 06, 2013

I am extremely disappoint. I am on Page 272 and am still waiting to be engaged. Jean Patrick seems to have no substance in his character. To be extremely blunt, I think this book sucks. I will keep reading it with the hopes of a turn around because I did make a commitment to finish it.

gracindaisy Mar 01, 2013

Jean Patrick, Ruandan athlete & runner, runs into the heart of the Hutu & Tutsi massacre in 1994. Compelling! Bellwether prize.

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muffin0321
Nov 12, 2012

I didn't care for this book - too many foreign terms that were not well translated and took too long in developing. Got to page 90 and ended it.

austinmurphy Mar 03, 2012

For some reason this reads very YA to me. I couldn't get into the story beyond a very shallow surface level.

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Jan 11, 2019

toni_brinsfield thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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