A good read, this story educates about Burundi, showing one man's experiences and the kindest of people who help him. It left me thinking about him days and weeks after I finished this provocative book.
Kidder has a real knack for bringing real life heroes to light—people who quietly go about making a difference in the world. How someone like Deo can survive the warfare in his home country of Burundi, arrive in the US, speaking only French and end up graduating from college is a story of determination and courage. Add to that his determination to go back to Burundi and make a difference in the health care system is amazing. Thank you Mr. Kidder for allowing me to meet such a remarkable world citizen
Another eye opening report by Kidder. This time about an African medical student who escapes genocide, comes to New York and is a homeless, grocery deliverer, until he meets a few wonderful people who help him pursue his dreams of building health care in his home nation. Another reason to support the incredible work of Partners in Health. Highly recommend both this and Mountains Beyond Mountain.
An interesting real-life drama.
The book is certainly interesting.
But I do not know why, somehow I didn’t always sympathized to
Deo, despite all the difficulties through which he had to go.
The impression is that everybody had a some sort of obligation to him. His unexplained and unnecessary pride, manifested not where it should, and in relation to those people who treated him with all openness and a desire to help.
All happiness or unhappiness of any country is always to blame the country itself. And other countries, in a view of certain circumstances of country in any kind of conflict, are seeking their own advantage by building it on someone else's misfortune.
Oh my goodness...this book...I don't even have words. So, SO incredibly tragic. And so real because it's a recent issue. I almost thought this was fiction because of how vivid the details are and how much the story sucks you in. The ending made me burst with joy. HIGHLY recommend.
I loved this book and am very anxious to read other books by Tracy Kidder. If one can read this book and not be moved by it, i would suggest they have no heart!
Book Club - Dec. 2009
An incredible,but at times difficult read.The history of an incredible man's journey through the Burundi and Rwanda massacres and ongoing.
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