July 30, 2010

Now reading...

Joel is a Political Science major in college, and he gets to read many interesting (and some boring) books.

Just this week, he got in the mail a fascinatingly titled book about Rwanda: We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda.  I began reading it this morning, and so far it is a fairly morbid and sober read about a dark chapter in the history of Rwanda.

Philip Gourevitch approaches the genocide carried out by the Hutu majority in Rwanda against the Tutsi minority in the spring of 1994 from a fairly humanistic/evolutionary worldview, and yet with a gentleness and sensitivity few would find in a piece about such horrific atrocities.

To quote the author: "All at once, as it seemed, something we could have only imagined was upon us - and we could still only imagine it.  This is what fascinates me most in existence: the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real."

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