Thursday, 9 May 2019

New Rwanda: From Hell to Heaven by Patricia Bamurangirwa


New Rwanda: From Hell to Heaven by Patricia Bamurangirwa
Published by Matador on the 2nd April 2019.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


A small country in the heart of Africa, Rwanda is a country of unity and patriotism. But less than 30 years ago, Rwanda was rocked by terrible genocide. Over a million people perished in cruel and horrible situations. Faced with suggestions that the whole country should be wiped out and divided up amongst neighbouring nations, the Rwanda Patriotic Front began a journey to stop the genocide, reunite the nation and fight for their future. 

In New Rwanda From Hell to Heaven, Patricia Bamurangirwa recounts this history, examining how Rwanda chose hope over hate and grew from the ashes of genocide to become a global role model. She explores how Rwandans embarked on a journey full of sacrifices and patriotism to build their present and their future.

Unfortunately my second DNF of 2019. I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through this book.

New Rwanda has an interesting premise, but it is written in a such bizarrely meandering style that I found myself frequently lost as to what Bamurangirwa was talking about. I also struggled to understand her idiosyncratic English which is fragmented and often missing vital words. I feel that this book needs extensive proofreading and editing to make it readable. Bamurangirwa may well have important things to say about Rwanda's rapid post-genocide development, but I am sorry that New Rwanda as it stands is not a good vehicle for her to do so.


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Books by Patricia Bamurangirwa / Biographies and memoir / Books from Rwanda

10 comments:

  1. Too bad about needing strong editing to clear up the flow and deal with missing words. I can see how it would have been an interesting one post-genocide, too.

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    1. Yes, the previous Rwandan books I've read focus on the genocide so I was keen to read about the rebuilding and reconciliation

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  2. Too bad. This sounded interesting and uplifting.

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    1. Yes, a shame this didn't live up to expectations

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  3. That's too bad. It sounded like it had great potential.

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  4. I heard the name of Rwanda two times within this week. Anoyone is calling me from there? :)

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  5. Oh dear, a DNF! I am sorry you couldn't like it. But when you don't get what is going on and the writing just isn't good... you have to give it up >.>

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    1. I'm getting better at DNFing books I'm enjoying, but was particularly disappointed here because I'd looked forward to this read

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