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ISBN10: 0452282020
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In 1949, Rosamond Halsey Carr, a young fashion illustrator living in New York City, accompanied her dashing hunter-explorer husband to what was then the Belgian Congo. When the marriage fell apart, she decided to stay on in neighboring Rwanda, as the manager of a flower plantation. Land of a Thousand Hills is Carr's thrilling memoir of her life in Rwanda--a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. During those years, she has experienced everything from stalking leopards to rampaging elephants, drought, the mysterious murder of her friend Dian Fossey, and near-bankruptcy. She has chugged up the Congo River on a paddle-wheel steamboat, been serenaded by pygmies, and witnessed firsthand the collapse of colonialism. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, Carr turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children-work she continues to this day, at the age of eighty-seven.

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Carr's thrilling memoir is a testament to her life in Rwanda--a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, the author turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children, work she continues to this day at the age of 87. of photos.

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Rosamond Halsey Carr is the last of the foreign plantation owners in Rwanda, where she now runs a children's orphanage. She has been featured on television programs from The Today Show to CNN to the BBC.

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TBone Tacoma, July 12, 2013 (view all comments by TBone Tacoma)
What a beautiful book and all the more for doing what great stories do, in my view, which is to show how we do not know ourselves by accident, even if it is only through one accident of fate after another that we come to know ourselves at all. This is a stark and moving memoir of a young woman out of her depth in life and in love, a newlywed who emigrates from the U.S. to Rwanda in 1949 to find herself soon alone and learning to run a colonial era plantation on her wits and fortitude. Her story starts with the most personal and ordinary of failures but takes her to a time and place that, as she put it, "would become the standard by which the world would measure human tragedy forevermore." She managed to escape the genocide, but returned just months later to the war zone that had been her farm. She rebuilt her ruined home with the few workers and friends who had survived, and turned it into an orphanage. She was then 86 years old, and faced another decade of fighting and struggles to save some of the children in her adopted country. Unforgettable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452282025
With:
Halsey, Ann Howard
Author:
Halsey, Ann Howard
Author:
Carr, Rosamund Halsey
Author:
Carr, Rosamond Halsey
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Rwanda
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Americans -- Rwanda.
Subject:
Rwanda Social life and customs.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 9-1360
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.15x6.02x.61 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Carr's thrilling memoir is a testament to her life in Rwanda--a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, the author turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children, work she continues to this day at the age of 87. of photos.
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