Land of a thousand hills : my life in Rwanda /
Rosamond Halsey Carr, with Ann Howard Halsey.
New York : Viking, 1999.
viii, 248 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-08:
This is an excellent book. Carr, then a young New York fashion illustrator, moved to Africa with her hunter husband in 1954. After their divorce, she took a job as a plantation manager and eventually became a plantation ownerÄthe last foreign owner in Rwanda. In her 45 years in the Congo and Rwanda, she saw the fight for independence and then the rise of ethnic unrest and genocidal conflict in the 1990s. She now runs an orphanage on her plantation. Carr speaks with personal knowledge of both rulers and locals, including Dian Fossey, a neighbor and friend. Her brief account of ethnic and national differences can certainly be understood by the average reader. Those frustrated by Philip Gourevitch's We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (LJ 9/1/98) may find this book by a resident Rwandan more interesting. Those who enjoy travel, history, biography, women's studies, or just a fascinating read will want it as well.ÄJulie Still, Rutgers Univ., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-08-16:
Fifty years ago, New Jersey socialite and fashion designer Rosamond Halsey Carr sailed from Brooklyn Harbor with four new cotton dresses, a lifelong supply of cold cream and hopes of injecting passion into her marriage with British big-game hunter Kenneth Carr. Although conjugal bliss eluded her, the hills of central Africa captured her heart, and she passed up safety, security and marriage with a later love to stay in Rwanda. Carr saw at close handÄlong before the genocide of 1994Äthe warfare between Hutu and Tutsi in 1959, violence spilling over from the Congo during the 1960s and independence for RwandaÄon four days' noticeÄin 1962. Rich in details about elephants, marriage customs and the author's flower plantation, this charming memoir transports readers to the land where Dian Fossey (whom Carr knew and profiles here) studied her gorillas. The horror of 1994 forced Carr off her plantation and out of the country for a few months, but she is now back, running an orphanage for victims' children she started in an old barn. By today's confessional standards, Carr, who is 86, is reticent about her personal life. Literary flourishes are few here; rather, along with her niece, Halsey, she writes simply and evocatively, entertaining readers with vignettes about her European, African and American acquaintances. Money did not come easily to Carr, but out of Africa has come an abundance of spirit. First serial to Vogue. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Prologuep. 3
Kennethp. 9
The Journeyp. 16
The Kivup. 22
Buniolep. 27
The Overseerp. 36
Return to Buniolep. 43
The Europeansp. 51
Cecilp. 56
Turning Pointp. 63
Mugongop. 69
Banyaruandap. 77
Elephantsp. 84
Life in Muturap. 90
Sembagarep. 96
A Well-Inhabited Gardenp. 101
A Feudal Kingdomp. 109
Jubileep. 115
Revoltp. 120
Congo Independencep. 126
Transitionsp. 135
An Independent Republicp. 140
Alyettep. 149
Dian--the Early Yearsp. 154
The Palm Beach Hotelp. 162
Dian--the Later Yearsp. 168
Visitors to the Farmp. 178
The Potato Projectp. 184
The 1980sp. 188
The Warp. 199
Genocidep. 206
Return to Rwandap. 213
Imbabazip. 222
Epiloguep. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Editorial Notep. 239
Glossaryp. 241
Indexp. 243
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