Running the Rift

Running the Rift

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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"Rich characterization and insights about Rwandan culture make this book a pleasure to read, and Jean Patrick impossible not to root for . . . Running the Rift is a profound display of imagination and empathy. Benaron writes like Jean Patrick runs, with the heart of a lion." -- The Dallas Morning News
Running the Rift follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions mount between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running might deliver him, and his people, from the brutality around them. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Naomi Benaron has written a stunning and gorgeous novel that -- through the eyes of one unforgettable boy -- explores a country's unraveling, its tentative new beginning, and the love that binds its people together.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616201876
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (400 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Running the Rift is a spectacular novel. It is filled with gorgeous language and an unforgettable cast of characters. In spite of the graphic war scenes, it is a clean novel, a rare example of how grittiness can be portrayed accurately without an R-rating. It is a surprisingly enjoyable read and worthy winner of the Bellwether Prize.

Oct 25, 2015

Excellent book! I really enjoyed the characters, and I learned a ton about what happened in Rwanda in the 1990s. The book could be depressing, but it is not.

Dec 01, 2013

I am so thankful I came across this book. I've always been interested (horrified) by what happened in Rwanda in the nineties. This was a wonderful book which also contained a lot of facts about the civil uprising. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can stomach it.

mjkedzior Oct 14, 2013

A wonderful journey into the world of young athletes, love and war in distant lands.

Mar 06, 2013

I am extremely disappoint. I am on Page 272 and am still waiting to be engaged. Jean Patrick seems to have no substance in his character. To be extremely blunt, I think this book sucks. I will keep reading it with the hopes of a turn around because I did make a commitment to finish it.

gracindaisy Mar 01, 2013

Jean Patrick, Ruandan athlete & runner, runs into the heart of the Hutu & Tutsi massacre in 1994. Compelling! Bellwether prize.

Nov 12, 2012

I didn't care for this book - too many foreign terms that were not well translated and took too long in developing. Got to page 90 and ended it.

austinmurphy Mar 03, 2012

For some reason this reads very YA to me. I couldn't get into the story beyond a very shallow surface level.


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

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