Saturday, October 16, 2010

Left to Tell

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by: Immaculee Ilibagiza

I read this book at home this past weekend. Both of my sisters had to read it for highschool, in which the Rwandan Holocaust was incorporated into their curriculum and Immaculee Ilibagiza came to the school and told her story.

Chilling. It's very difficult to read, because of how vivid the deaths are. Hard to imagine how someone could live through such horrific difficulties.

All her life, Immaculee was taught that everyone was equal. In school, she learned otherwise, having been born to the Tutsi tribe. This forever changes her life.

Throughout the book, she relies on God. Praying to keep her safe, praying to keep her family safe. Learning that God works in mysterious ways, she doesn't get mad at God when things don't go her way. Religion and prayer are spread throughout the book, but it is not a book about religion. It is a book about how Imaculee's faith saved her life.

The only thing I did not like about this book, is the end. There were several places the book could have wrapped up, but it keeps going. The story about how she meets her husband is unnecessary to telling the story of the Rwandan Holocaust. The book could have ended sooner.

She's the Anne Frank of the Rwandan Holocaust. Immaculee's story told after the fact, whereas Anne Frank is writing her diary during hiding.

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