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If you enjoyed Out of Africa and West with the Night, here's another amazing woman's story of her adventurous African life. Rosamond Halsey Carr left her job as a young New York City fashion illustrator in the 1940s to join her hunter-explorer husband in the Belgian Congo; after their divorce, she decided to stay on in neighboring Rwanda as the manager of a flower plantation. For the next 50 years she lived an extraordinary life, witnessing the fall of colonialism, the loss of her friend Dian Fossey, and the relentless clashes between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Although this book includes a poignant insider's account of the events surrounding the horrific 1994 genocide, it also provides a beautiful portrait of the Rwanda that was--and still is. After being evacuated during the genocide, Carr returned to Rwanda and, at age 82, rebuilt her home from the ground up, intent on opening a home for some 100 orphaned children.
Carr's humble tenacity and bold strength animate her historical, cultural, and personal accounts. Arriving in Africa in 1949, she witnesses the traditions of the royal Tutsi dynasty, sails up the Congo to camp in pygmy villages, encounters leopards, mingles with European aristocrats, finds and loses love, and lives through Congo independence and civil war. Her passion for the country and its people makes for a life story that is both tragic and hopeful, and full of interesting details that animate the spirit of Rwanda. --Kathryn True
Fifty years ago, New Jersey socialite and fashion designer Rosamond Halsey Carr sailed from Brooklyn Harbor with four new cotton dresses, a lifelong supply of cold cream and hopes of injecting passion into her marriage with British big-game hunter Kenneth Carr. Although conjugal bliss eluded her, the hills of central Africa captured her heart, and she passed up safety, security and marriage with a later love to stay in Rwanda. Carr saw at close handAlong before the genocide of 1994Athe warfare between Hutu and Tutsi in 1959, violence spilling over from the Congo during the 1960s and independence for RwandaAon four days' noticeAin 1962. Rich in details about elephants, marriage customs and the author's flower plantation, this charming memoir transports readers to the land where Dian Fossey (whom Carr knew and profiles here) studied her gorillas. The horror of 1994 forced Carr off her plantation and out of the country for a few months, but she is now back, running an orphanage for victims' children she started in an old barn. By today's confessional standards, Carr, who is 86, is reticent about her personal life. Literary flourishes are few here; rather, along with her niece, Halsey, she writes simply and evocatively, entertaining readers with vignettes about her European, African and American acquaintances. Money did not come easily to Carr, but out of Africa has come an abundance of spirit. First serial to Vogue.
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A friend of main became an Episcopal missionary in Uganda several years ago. While the book is not about Uganda, nevertheless it gives me a view of what life is like inside the... Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Matterhorn Magic
I just finished reading this book last evening, and cannot remember when I enjoyed a book more. I am partial to books about life in Africa. Read morePublished on April 15 2002
I stumbled across this book searching through Amazon--and I'm so so glad that I ordered it. What an amazing story! Read morePublished on July 2 2001
This book has made me realize that life is so precious and not for a moment I will ever take mine for granted again. Very soul searching...what a book..just read it! Read morePublished on July 11 2000
I really enjoyed this book. To say Rosamund Halsey Carr is resilent is an understatement--founding her orphanage after turning 80. The book had value to me for two reasons--Ms. Read morePublished on March 15 2000 by J. Green
I thought that the book would have been more on herself and HER struggles. The beginning was good and strong but as the book went into detail of the political aspects of Rwanda, I... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 1999
High Praise for whom? Is it Madame (Ros), or Ms. Halsey (Ann), or maybe Sembagare, or Kenneth who sparked the flame, or the multiple thousands of lives touched by Ros and who in... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 1999 by Hugh M Frazer
This book is an excellent read. It provides an interesting perspective of the history and culture of Rwanda from the first hand. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1999