A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Book - 2003
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Follows the lives of an eclectic group of individuals who frequent a hotel swimming pool in a Rwandan town including Gentille, a beautiful Hutu often mistaken for a Tutsi, who has long been admired by Bernard Valcourt, a Canadian journalist. As the two slide into a love affair, civil unrest in Rwanda makes insidious progress, engulfing the people around the pool in the chaos of civil war.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676974812
0676974813
Branch Call Number: FIC Court 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 258, [1] p
Additional Contributors: Claxton, Patricia 1929-

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jtedstone
Dec 12, 2016

This book is incredibly well-written and Patricia Claxton's translation respects the tone from the original French version. The story slowly develops through the early stages of the Ugandan genocide and reaches the final culmination of the massacre that left the world reeling. The characters are authentic in that they, just like many throughout the world, could not believe that such evil could take hold. A gripping tale of ordinary people in a terrible period in African history.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 19, 2015

Does a society descend into debauchery when threatened repeatedly by civil war? The author's answer would appear to be "Yes". Although Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, Rwandan politician and businessman Landoal Ndasingwa and his Canadian wife Helen, and other real people make cameo appearances in this novel, the primary characters are generic.

liz_carolanne Jul 27, 2011

This was an amazing read. I love everything about this book. The story was really gripping and (at least to me) is a truthful and realistic representation of the event it is based on. The characters (especially Methode and Gentille) are people you deeply care for by the end of the novel. Admittedly, the book was graphic at times but such is what happens when a book is written about a horrific genocide.

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Mar 19, 2015

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liz_carolanne Jul 27, 2011

liz_carolanne thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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liz_carolanne Jul 27, 2011

"Gentille, I don't want to be a white that gives gifts," Valcourt said. "If you want to leave, I can help you get a visa, but you don't need to sleep with me. Even if it seems ridiculous, all I want is for you to love me a little."

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