Small Country

Small Country

A Novel

Book - 2018
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In Burundi in 1992, ten-year-old Gabriel enjoys carefree days with his friends, but his idyllic existence and his innocence come to a brutal end when Burundi and neighboring Rwanda are hit by civil war and genocide.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781524759872
1524759872
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ardizzone, Sarah 1970-- Translator

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lukasevansherman
May 10, 2019

"Small World," by French-Rwandan writer Gael Faye, joins a growing number of young African novelists reckoning with the continent's tumultuous past while also looking towards the future. Set in Burundi in the 1990's, the book is both a coming of age story and a look at the personal costs of the Rwandan genocide. For further reading: "Freshwater," "Behold the Dreamers," and "Half of a Yellow Sun."

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juliehutton
Apr 23, 2019

it's a beautiful book, very easy to read and poignant. The author manages to describe a happy child's life in Burundi, until things get slowly off-rail.

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toni_brinsfield
Feb 08, 2019

Cool metaphor use in this book. The ending of the book was quite shocking and didn't match the cadence and flavor of the beginning. It left me confused. Perhaps that's what the author wanted?

TechLibrarian Oct 15, 2018

Wow, no reviews yet! I'm surprised this book is not garnering more attention, because it really left an impression on me! It's especially pertinent and heart-rending given the worldwide refugee crises, as the narrator tells about his childhood, the fall-outs of war, and how the experiences of his past have affected his senses of identity and belonging. No spoilers, but I think that the ending is one of the most artful and surprising and sad that I've ever read. This book is guaranteed to build compassion and empathy, and will likely stick with you as it has with me.

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