Running the Rift

Running the Rift

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts, after which he must find a way back to a better life.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616200428
Characteristics: 365 p. ; 24 cm.


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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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