Running the Rift

Running the Rift

eBook - 2014
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Naomi Benaron's debut novel follows Rwandan Jean Patrick Nkuba, a Tutsi, from his earliest dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal contender in track, to the moment when he finds himself facing a mob of killers, with no choice but to vault over a wall and run for his life. In the years preceding the genocide, Jean Patrick's world becomes ever more violent and restrictive, spinning toward the inevitable moment when the killing begins and he must leave behind the woman and country he loves. Benaron interweaves Rwanda's politics, the beauty of its landscape, and the yearning and dedication of Jean Patrick himself into a tremendously moving story of the country and the character's unraveling and tentative new beginning.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9781443409735
1443409731
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Characters coming of age in war-torn countries drive both of these lyrical stories. The Kite Runner is set largely in Afghanistan, while Running the Rift focuses on the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

A talented young runner’s dreams of Olympic Gold are sidetracked by events in his home country of Rwanda

The story is told the through the eyes of a young Rwandan Tutsi boy, Jean, who grows up witnessing the violence in his country between the Tutsi and Hutu and dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal. As the tension escalates, Jean knows that running is his “meal ticket” to a better life. However, ... Read More »

A talented young runner’s dreams of Olympic Gold are sidetracked by events in his home country of Rwanda.

The story is told the through the eyes of a young Rwandan Tutsi boy, Jean, who grows up witnessing the violence in his country between the Tutsi and Hutu and who dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal. As the tension escalates, Jean knows that running is his “meal ticket” to a better life. As ... Read More »


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toni_brinsfield
Jan 11, 2019

Totally engrossing. Although fiction, it is based upon facts down to the the dates of consequence that lead to the genocide. There was a moment, about 3/4 into the book that I almost stopped reading since I knew what would happen next to most of the characters I fell in love with... but I kept reading and so glad I did. It's a horrifying, spellbinding read that helps me understand the Rwandan experience. When a country is so culturally isolated and events are unbelievable to the common Westerner, it creates a vacuum that the Rwandan people found themselves in. However, aside from one comment in the book (about there being no natural resources for The West to justify getting involved in correcting the humanitarian crisis) I still don't understand how the world didn't intervene in this horrific history. Tragic. Read this if you want to learn more about Rwandan history and the human spirit.

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Nonie1960
Aug 16, 2017

Good book, every chapter a different character who's paths cross in someway. Enjoyed the book.

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sandraperkins
Oct 25, 2015

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.

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jtkretzschmar
Dec 01, 2013

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.

mjkedzior Oct 14, 2013

A wonderful journey into the world of young athletes, love and war in distant lands.

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lgbennett89
Mar 06, 2013

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.

gracindaisy Mar 01, 2013

Jean Patrick, Ruandan athlete & runner, runs into the heart of the Hutu & Tutsi massacre in 1994. Compelling! Bellwether prize.

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muffin0321
Nov 12, 2012

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.

austinmurphy Mar 03, 2012

For some reason this reads very YA to me. I couldn't get into the story beyond a very shallow surface level.

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Jan 11, 2019

toni_brinsfield thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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