2016/05/02

BOOK REVIEW:
WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES BY PHILIP GOUREVITCH

Title: We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Published: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 368
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
A year after the genocide in Rwanda, in which the government orchestrated the majority Hutu to exterminate the minority Tutsi, Gourevitch went to investigate the worst case of slaughter since the second world war.


Review:
This was a difficult book to read, but it was also highly enlightening.

I felt like this book explained what happened very well. It tells some of the backstory to the genocide, one I found surprising: one would think such a situation could only arise from centuries of hate, but in reality, the people of Rwanda lived in peace for most of its existence. I found the part about the actual genocide horrific, and I appreciate that it didn't gloss over anything. What happened after was what most of the book was about, a bit long perhaps, but very interesting, especially how the rest of the world ignored a lot of it.

It's difficult to know, but this book gives a very strong impression of having given the people the author met a true and accurate voice, which I very much appreciated.

I cannot fathom that I'd never heard about this, I who went to school not too long ago. Just like reading about the holocaust, I find this equally important to know and am therefore very glad to have read this.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

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2 comments

  1. Seems to be a very interesting read. I'm trying to read more non-fiction so this sounds like a good option :)

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    1. I think it's a pretty good place to start with non-fiction, it's quite easy to read, even thought the subject is quite difficult to read about. Could definitely recommend it!

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