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Land Of A Thousand Hills Hardcover – Sep 13 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (Sept. 10 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670887803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670887804
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,897,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
I work in an independent book store. For a year I have been communicating with a Rwandan woman, a Tutsi who survived the genocide and now would like to come to America with her 6 year old daughter to study Social Work. I have been reading as much as I can about Africa, Rwanda in particular. I read Philip Gourevitch's "We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: stories from Rwanda," and Julian Pierce's novel "Speak Rwanda." Of course I devoured Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible." Then I noticed this biography "Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda," by Roz Carr. I was totally captivated by this incredible woman and completely taken in by her story of her life in Africa over the past 50 years. Rosamond Halsey Carr went with her husband to live in the Belgian Congo in 1949, 5 years before Barbara Kingsolver's fictitious family. As time went on, even though her marriage did not last, she chose to stay in this part of the world making it her home. She moved to Rwanda when the white settlers were forced out of Zaire in the early 1960's. Not only did she survive, she is still there, at age 88 running an orphanage for children who lost their families during the genocide. This book describes as nothing else has the reality of 20th century life in the Congo and Rwanda from the perspective of an "ordinary" white settler. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
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By A Customer on Aug. 8 2000
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What a story! I don't think many of us could endure all that Roz Carr did for as long as she did. There was humor, there was romance, there was elephants, there was fun, and there was such unspeakable horror that was never really reported in the media. Someone complained that they didn't like the political slant in the story but that's like saying you don't like War and Peace because of the politics in the book. The politics of that region IS the story otherwise it would've been just another adventure book by a white woman in Africa. This woman had the courgage and strength you read about in pioneer stories. And then she took on all those poor children and put her life on the line constantly as well as her partner. They both deserve medals. I was amazed at how much was covered in the small amount of pages this book had. This is a woman young girls can look up to as an example of courage and determination. And the fact that she was in her '80's and still kept on like a younger woman is very astounding. This story was magnificant!
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I first heard of this book in a Reader's Digest section, where excerpts of this book were published. Rosamund Carr was also mentioned in the book and later in the movie "Gorillas in the Mist" written by Dian Fossey PhD, as one of the most warm and hospitable person in the world. I have always planned to visit Rwanda and therefore bought this book to get some background information about this country and its people. This book is an account of living for more than half a century in a country, which is still undeveloped, where the majority of the people doesn't have access to medical facilities, sometimes not even to basics like clean water or food to eat. Rosamund Carr is one of Africa's heroines in this century. She mainly describes her life in Rwanda, her struggles and daily problems in running a pyrethrum farm near Lake Kivu, one of Africa's pearls. Her description of Rwanda's genocide provides a better understanding for this event than newspapers ever did.
After the genocide she returned to Africa to run an orphanage for both Hutu and Tutsi children. If there were more Roz Carrs in Africa, probably this continent would not face its current problems.
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By A Customer on Sept. 12 1999
Format: Hardcover
In 1949, South Orange socialite and Manhattan fashion designer Rosamund Halsey Carr worries that her marriage is going to fail. Trying to save it, Rosamund accompanies her spouse Kenneth, a renowned African hunter and explorer, to live in Rwanda. Though her efforts for marital bliss fail, over the next five decades Rosamund finds passion and love for THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS.
This biography provides readers with much insight into the recent and not so recent deadly war between the Wahutu and Watutsi. Rosamund Halsey Carr brings five decades of East Africa to life through the author's first hand experiences. Anyone who expects sexual exploits and scandals in personal narratives need to look elsewhere. However, those who want an insightful look at a people and a land, this biography is worth reading.

Harriet Klausner
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What an extraordinary piece of work by an extraordinary woman. I loved this book! I have read countless books about Africa and the people who lived there...and very few can compare. To think that Carr still lives in Rwanda today is incredible! It is a definite page-turner with detail so vivid, you feel like you are either experiencing the beauty and wonders of Rwanda, or unfortunately, the horrors of war. My intent in selecting this book was to learn more about the 1994 Genocide that occurred in Rwanda, which I did. But I also had the privilege of being taken into Carr's private world as well. Her description of her friendship with Dian Fossey was haunting and memorable. I highly recommend this book, and plan on reading it again.
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