Road Trip Rwanda

Road Trip Rwanda

A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa

Book - 2015
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"Hope lives in Africa. Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, Giller-winning author Will Ferguson travels deep into the once-mysterious "Land of a Thousand Hills" with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who had escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began. From the legendary Source of the Nile to Dian Fossey's famed "gorillas in the mist," from innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world's most escapable prison, from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom, from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion-fruit, Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn. Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Viking,, 2015
Description: 360 pages, 16 pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670066421
Branch Call Number: 967.571043 Fer


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Jan 23, 2021

I echo the other comments on here. Amazing stickhandling of a horrible subject. Well written and shows sincere interest in the people. Vastly enjoyable read - inhaled in record time and re-read a few more times within the library loan period.

Nov 08, 2017

I honestly didn't know how he would tackle a country with such a difficult past but Mr. Ferguson does an amazing job of providing an accurate unfiltered view of the genocide while mixing it with enough humor to allow the reader to have the occasional reading break. I can not explain how many times I read something that shocked me by me thinking "how could I not have heard about this? How could this have not been in the mainstream media". Several times I even looked it up on the internet to check if it was accurate but each time he was proven to have accurately conveyed the information...the mainstream western media just didn't care about what was happening in Rwanda.

patcumming Dec 19, 2016

A delightful mix of humour and history. Ferguson is a great storyteller - self-deprecating and insightful.

ontherideau Sep 01, 2016

History, hate and humour; Will Ferguson has combined these unlikely matches to tell the story of Rwanda since the 1990s. The children of murderers now play with children of those murdered.
May they live in peace in their beautiful country.

Jul 30, 2016

A book about Rwanda is not an easy read but this book addresses the genocide but concentrates on the Rwanda of today with much hope. Jean-Claude is a hero. It is unbelievable what he went through and what he did for others then and now. I recommend this book to win the Alberta Choice Awards.

Jul 14, 2016

An incredible journey by the author and a former Rwandan, back to the city and area where the genocide happened. A short beginning chapter gives an excellent overview of the times and beliefs leading to the genocide, but the book that follows focuses primarily on how the country was rebuilt. And that in itself is an incredible story. The statistics regarding literacy and gender equality are heartening, as is the emphasis on environmental concerns. It gives a ray of hope that good can eventually overcome what was an incredibly evil time. Kudos to the author as well as Jean-Claude, his friend and the person who helped him understand the roots as well as the humanity of the past in Rwanda.

Mar 16, 2016

I did not know alot about the Rwandan situation. Very good book and also funny but tragic at the same time.


rayhpl Jan 17, 2016

Insightful and easy to follow, Road Trip Rwanda offers both a harrowing glimpse of Rwanda's infamous past and an uplifting snapshot of the country's recent development. I really enjoyed Will Ferguson's self-deprecating humour and empathized with the victims whose lives and circumstances the author candidly portrayed.

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