Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Life Laid Bare

Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak

Hatzfeld, Jean
Knitting Sticks: 5

"At the church, I saw how savagery can replace kindness in the heart of a man, faster than a driving rain."

This was a difficult book to read, as are all books dealing with this subject. As I said in a previous post, found here, it is a hard to get your head wrapped around the scope of the genocide. Reading a book like this brings the focus down to the minute level as different genocide survivors from the Nyamata area recount their stories. Mr. Hatzfeld tells one survivor story per chapter, prefaced by a general description of the person who is going to give their testimony. It is a book well worth reading.

After you finish with this book it is instructive to read the "companion" book, Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak also by Jean Hatzfeld.


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