Strength in what remains : a journey of remembrance and forgiveness /
Tracy Kidder.
Large print ed.
Detroit : Large Print Press, 2010, c2009.
467 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
1594133964 (pbk.), 9781594133961 (pbk.)
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Detroit : Large Print Press, 2010, c2009.
1594133964 (pbk.)
9781594133961 (pbk.)
Presents the story of Burundi civil war survivor Deo, who endures homelessness before pursuing an education at Columbia and eventually returning to his native land to help people in both countries.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-466).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-04-27:
Best-selling author Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) presents a portrait of Deogratias, a remarkable refugee of the genocide in Burundi. Deo's story-his childhood, medical aspirations and training, flight from genocide, time on the streets of New York, and ambition to bring a medical clinic to Burundi-is handled with finesse. Kidder present Deo's story in all its fullness and writes frankly about the confusion and frustrations author and subject face as they retrace the young man's history and look toward his future. Verdict: Kidder has another likely best seller on his hands that is felt as much as it is read. He distills the atrocities of Burundi and Rwanda through the story of one remarkable man without sacrificing complexity. Impossible to put down, this chronicle is at once horrible and redemptive and, in the hands of Kidder, beautiful and gripping.-Julie Edwards, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-05-11:
With an anthropologist's eye and a novelist's pen, Pulitzer Prize-winning Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American emigre at the center of this strikingly vivid story. Told in flashbacks from Deo's 2006 return visit to Burundi to mid-1990s New York and the Burundi of childhood memory and young adulthood-as the Rwandan genocide spilled across the border following the same inflamed ethnic divisions-then picking up in 2003, when author and subject first meet, Deo's experience is conveyed with a remarkable depth of vision and feeling. Kidder renders his subject with deep yet unfussy fidelity and the conflict with detail and nuance. While the book might recall Dave Eggers's novelized version of a real-life Sudanese refugee's experience in What Is the What, reading this book hardly covers old ground, but enables one to walk in the footsteps of its singular subject and see worlds new and old afresh. This profoundly gripping, hopeful and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy and moral clarity. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness.

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