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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Friday Quotes, March 18

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderShare the opening quote from the book.
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's VoiceFind a quote from page 56.

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now:

14569046Title: Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

Book Beginning: 
1984- Jean Patrick was already awake, listening to the storm, when Papa opened the door and stood by the side of the bed. Rain hissed at the windows and roared against the corrugated roof, and Jean Patrick huddled closer to his brother Roger for warmth.
Friday 56: 
'You are old enough to understand now. A shadow of fear follows me wherever I go. I can't remember a time since I was a young child when both eyes slept at the same time.' She stepped across the rutted earth, the basin steady atop the ingata. 'We cannot forget we're Tutsi, eh? It's a curse but also a blessing.' She leaned her weight into the hill as if pushing against an opponent.

Comments: Set in Rwanda before, during, and after the genocide of almost a whole culture, the Tutsi tribe, Jean Patrick has a dream to be an Olympic athlete, but he is a Tutsi. Will he be able to survive long enough to run his race? I am about a third of the way through the book and I am bracing for the horrors i know are ahead. I haven't read many books set in Africa and I am enjoying all the cultural references, which includes words and foods,

22 comments:

  1. I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

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    1. Me, too. It is heavy yet delightful with all the cultural references.

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  2. I hope you enjoy this one. It sounds too realistic for me. I am spotlighting Winter by Marissa Meyer this week. Happy read

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    1. I hope to find time for Winter over Spring Break. Enjoy!

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  3. Oh wow! This sounds like a powerful story. I can't imagine reading this knowing what is ahead for the characters. It sounds like an interesting and powerful read.

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    1. I read a memoir set in Rwanda about the genocide and it deeply affected me. So far it isn't too emotional.

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  4. Intense! And I would be worried about the outcome for the characters throughout. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Yes, I anticipate it will get quite intense.

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  5. Hi,
    Sounds like an interesting book. Enjoy. Have a great day!

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  6. This one does sound like an interesting read. A little too much realism for me, probably. Hope you enjoy the book. Happy reading this week!

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    1. I was just thinking the same thing. I need a funny book after this one.

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  7. This is sounds like it's going to be an interesting and highly realistic read. I'm kind of interested in it as not a lot of books showcase this event in their books. I might pick it up. Thanks for sharing!!

    My Friday Meme --> THE DIVINERS

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    1. I know. I have read so few books set in Africa and when I go they are always such heavy subjects.

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  8. What an interesting 56. This sounds like a heavy book for sure. Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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  9. This sounds like an intense, emotional read. Bet it keeps you turning the pages:)

    My 56 - Laura @ fuonlyknew

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  10. This does sound like a very intense book but I'm sure it will be worth the journey. Thanks for visiting my my Friday meme earlier

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  11. It is a heavy book, but full of beauty also. I'm thankful I read it because I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. It's emotional and difficult to deal with real tragedies, which is why so many people can too easily ignore what has gone on or is going on in various parts of the world. Especially Africa.

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  12. Sounds like a powerful and emotional read. Happy weekend!

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  13. I love that beginning....terrific description, and I love rain. :)

    I hope your weekend is good.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  14. I haven't read any fictional books based off of the Rwandan genocide. Seems like an intense but good read!

    Here is my F56: https://vfseattle.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/friday-56-all-the-birds-in-the-sky/

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  15. I've read a few books set in Africa but only one set in Rwanda. It sounds like a great read!

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  16. This sounds like a very intense book. Really makes me intrigued to read it. Thanks for sharing!

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