For my personal challenge to read every book written by Kidder.
What’s it ABOUT: This is the story of a young man who escaped harrowing violence in his country of Burundi in the early nineties.
What’s GOOD: If you have read or are aware of Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains (and if you are not aware of this book, get thee to a bookstore/library pronto), then you are familiar with Partners in Health, a wonderful organization bringing basic healthcare to the most impoverished points on the globe. Strength in What Remains brings a look to one individual who works with PIH.
Burundi is a country I have heard of but I was unaware how close geographically and politically it is to Rwanda. Both of these countries have experienced civil war and genocide that is just hard to fathom or understand. Deogratias was a medical student in Burundi who managed to get himself to New York and somehow managed to meet more than a few angels. Now he is working on being an angel for Burundi.
It is a wonderful awful and awe-ful tale.
RATING: Four slices of pie. Cassava pie!