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When Rosamond Halsey Carr first arrived in Africa, she didn't realize that she would spend the rest of her life there. As a young fashion illustrator living in New York City in the 1940s, she seemed the least likely candidate for such a life of adventure. But marriage to a hunter-explorer took her to what was then the Belgian Congo, and divorce left her determined to stay on in neighboring Rwanda as the manager of a flower plantation. In the ensuing half century she witnessed the fall of colonialism, the wars for independence, the loss of her friend, Dian Fossey, the relentless clashes of the Hutus and Tutsis, and, finally, 1994's horrific genocide, of which she provides an unparalleled first-hand account. This is the epic story of a woman alone in an exotic land, struggling to survive untold hardships only to emerge with an extraordinary love for her adopted country and its people.

©2000 Rosamond Halsey Carr (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wow... just, wow... (not a good wow)

It is shocking to read such an out of touch and oblivious account of Rwanda. Unless you are looking for a wealthy American plantation manager's perspective of Rwanda, I would not recommend.

Before this text, I had never read an account calling the Tutsi terrorists while claiming the Hutus were somehow victims. the glazing over of the use of the term "cockroaches" for Tutsi was shocking and the quick aside about the genocide (which was so awful for the author because she learned that people stole her fine China and silverware when she returned).

This book really showed me why people in Africa often distrust Americans.

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Not to be forgotten

Having lived in Africa I love learning more about this continent full of mysteries and cultures to be encountered. This is the story of a very special woman who lived in Rwanda for decades and truly became part of it’s culture. She experienced part of the genocide and finds a way to tell the story that cannot be told because of it’s cruelty. For everyone who wants to know more about the background of the Rwanda of today this is a must read.

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What an incredible woman!

This is a fascinating life story and a first person account of life in Rwanda through most of the 20th century.

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Amazing Life! Wonderful Person!

This story was amazing. I was unfamiliar with the life of Ms. Carr. She lived such an incredible life. I learned so much about the History of Rwanda (both good and bad) and the surrounding area. I would highly recommend this book.

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Interesting, Insightful, more nuanced than other reviewers said

Thoroughly interesting. I could not ‘put it down’. The author has lived a unique life and while I wish the book was longer and more detailed, I feel it does tell a full story about the events the author lived through from her point of view. Yes, it is the account of an expat in a colonial society, but this is recent history and I feel it is unfair to fault the author for being honest about her place in that society, especially given the obvious care and attention given to providing her views on local context and local people. This was a delightful read and an interesting memoir of a full life that very few others shared.

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Loved this book

This book was so beautifully written and read. I didn’t want it to end and I’m left wanting to give to the author’s charitable work. I learned so much about the awful killing and political struggles in Africa. I generally avoid political issues because I find them tedious and impossible to fathom -ultimately unsolvable…but the author’s experience and involvement made it more relatable for me.
I loved this book.

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Great book and a great reader.

i loved this book. Mrs. Car had an amazing life. And the reader was very good.

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Brilliant, fascinating, a true education on Rwanda

This magnificently written and narrated book was an eye-opener about life in Rwanda from 1949 - 1985. The author -- wise, curious, loving and accepting -- came to love the Rwandan people, as they in turn loved her. Her account of the joys and sorrows shared in this beautiful land with these remarkable people is deeply moving. This was an ideal way for me to learn about life past and present in Rwanda.

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Worthwhile reading

This book is good history lesson on Rwanda, the Congo, and surrounding African countries in the early to mid-1900s, written by a woman in an agriculture setting. It is a 'matter-of-fact' memoir - definitely not a light and dreamy romp through her life. However, Rosamond Halsey Carr was determined, intelligent, and kind, showing humility and respect to everyone around her during tumultuous and tragic times. I recommend this book.

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Best Book in a Long Time

Loved descriptions of Africa & it’s people. Good love story. Narration excellent. I will listen more than once.

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Bravery and tenacity

Another story from Africa. Gives insight to the conflicts of Rwanda and all the facets of emotions of being in the midst of such an amazing country. Fight of survival.
An easy listen. Excellent narrator.