Running the Rift is a spectacular novel. It is filled with gorgeous language and an unforgettable cast of characters. In spite of the graphic war scenes, it is a clean novel, a rare example of how grittiness can be portrayed accurately without an R-rating. It is a surprisingly enjoyable read and worthy winner of the Bellwether Prize.
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.
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.
A wonderful journey into the world of young athletes, love and war in distant lands.
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.
Jean Patrick, Ruandan athlete & runner, runs into the heart of the Hutu & Tutsi massacre in 1994. Compelling! Bellwether prize.
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.
For some reason this reads very YA to me. I couldn't get into the story beyond a very shallow surface level.
Your hope is the most beautiful and the saddest in the world.
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