A Story To Tell
This book tells the story of a girl who survived this genocide and went to live with an adoptive family in Germany. It was written by the adoptive mother Hanna Jansen. Jeanne, the main character, lived a typical Rwandan childhood until April of 1994 when the Hutu militia took over and decided to kill all the Tutsis, which her family were. Throughout the book you read about true expierences during the genocide and how terrible it was to go through it. This novel based on a true story gives you a first hand look at what happened and how it affected this one child. Jeanne lost everything, as many others did too, this is just one story of many, of the horrific acts of manslaughter.
"Daybreak rose from the reeds before their eyes. Creeping closer was a day that only promised hopelessness." Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You, page 187. This quote is from the book as they await there fate and hope to survive, it is very poetic and one of the stronger parts.
This book wasn't the best written, but you learn something from the dreadful story of the main character and the genocide itself. Although the book is hard to get through and at many parts boring, it tries to grasp at something bigger and holds the reader to make connections and shows attention on the topic, so readers want to know more about what happened. This book doesn't give you all you need to know and is not a die-heart novel that takes you under it's control. Reading "Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You" is like reading a nonfiction book, you get what happpens and when, but not how it felt. It is straight forward and to the point.