Oh this was so good. I don't actually know much about Rwandan and Burundi history and civil war strife but it was so illuminating to follow the main character's arc as shit falls apart around him.
I really enjoyed this short novel set in 1990s Burundi. Though its plot is set against the war and genocide in neighboring Rwanda, Small Country uses its young narrator to balance the horror and tragedy with childhood adventure.
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How does the lighthearted universe of an 11 year old, full of laughter and play, come tumbling down because of political turmoil and ethnical violence? Small country describes the 1993 and 94 terrible events in Burundi and Rwanda (a bloodshed coup and a genocide) as seen through the eyes of Gabriel. Not sure the moods of Bujumbura evoked in the book can be felt as vividly by someone who has not been there, but this is definitely worth the read.
A beautiful novel written by a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1993, both autobiographical and fiction, Small Country illustrates perfectly how slow to boil a danger can be, and then suddenly the pot is spilling over. It‘s a chilling reminder, just a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and as our country slides into deeper tribalism with each passing moment. Or at least that‘s how it feels. It‘s a really hard fucking read. Read it anyway.
In this little book Gabriel tells about how he was “exiled from his childhood” by the war between Hutu‘s and Tutsi‘s in his country, Burundi. A war I remember so well from the 90s but know so little about. The genocide based only on etnic differences. An impressive, sad read based on a true story.
Thanks again for choosing this book for me, @Moray_Reads , I am really glad to have read it 😘
Came across this at the library. Didn‘t borrow it but definitely going on my tbr list. Have you read it?
I gave this book 4/5 stars.
Some years ago, I had the privilege of meeting someone who lived through the Rwandan Genocide. I was able to hear her speak and give her a hug after the talk. So, when I heard about this book as one of my Book of the Month options, I had to pick it up.
Gael Faye speaks with a compelling voice and really has a gift for making you feel the burgeoning horror. It was moving and heartbreaking and beautiful.
This story is so meandering and detached that I couldnt connect with any of the characters and was bored out of my skull! The writing is very simple and almost reads like YA. Perhaps I picked it up at the wrong time...
I was pretty stoked to be part of the roll out for Book Riot‘s new initiative MyTBR. Answer a few questions and you‘ll be assigned a bibliologist who will tailor books recommendations just for you. These were mine - spot on for my reading life and none were on my radar. You can check it out here http://mytbr.co/friendsandfam
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As usual, I‘m sorry this is late! 😩 I‘m the worst lol. 😧 But these lovelies are on their way to @cobwebmoth for the #novelteabookclub and @sweetpealsd for the #LMPBC - Jace says happy reading everyone!
I‘m giving this a pick because the subject matter is worth 5 stars. The story itself and the way it is told, I would give it a 3.5. It‘s a quick read and definitely worth reading, although slow in places. Thank you for picking this @mklong !
P.S. I love this quote!
10 year old Gabriel is growing up in Burundi, the child of a French father and Rwandan mother. As conflict increases in his country and in Rwanda, the impact of war and genocide become the reality of his daily life. Beautiful novel about a horrifying reality. Faye is a talented writer.
Reading with my girls on this way too hot for me afternoon! #catsoflitsy
Check out my reading view from last week on the Bahamas. I can understand why Small Country is already a hit in France. I love books that are both well-written but teach me about something I'm not familiar with. I knew of the Rawandan genocide but was not familiar with it's affects on Burundi. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
I feel like a monster, but at 72 pages I‘m calling it. #unpopularopinion Maybe it‘s a case of bad timing, as the writing isn‘t bad. It has a decent flow, but it has to be the slowest of slow starts. I find that I do not care what happens to the MC or any of those around him and I‘m finding excuses to do anything but read. Even #Bailey is bored. #DogsofLitsy
1. Most of Anne Tyler‘s female characters. We folk from Baltimore have our quirkiness. 2. I‘ve bought six Book Beaus. 😳. 3. Small Country. Quite a good book. #TripleThreatThursday.
I‘m not sure how to review this one, because it‘s so impossibly beautiful and heartbreaking. This book is about a boy named Gaby and his family living in Burundi in the 90s. His peaceful existence shatters when war and genocide hit their town. What I appreciated the most about this novel is how Gaby fiercely protects his childhood and peace. Why do we seek to shatter other people & in the process teach our kids how to turn fear into violence?
“Of course a book can change you. It can even change your life. It‘s like falling in love. And you never know when such an encounter might happen. You should beware of books, they‘re sleeping genies.”