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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
The Hotel des Mille-Collines is a magnet for a privileged group of residents living in Kigali. As civil unrest threatens what little order remains in the city, Valcourt, a Canadian journalist, falls for a beautiful Hutu waitress, Gentille. When news of the trouble reaches the hotel, both Valcourt and Gentille speak out against the brutal attacks, but are met with apathetic UN forces, corrupt policemen and the blindness of western media. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is a powerful political novel, a poignant love story and a stirring hymn to humanity.
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A Heart of Darkness for today -- Yann Martel Exceptional ... you must read it - or allow it to read you * Sunday Times * An intense affair, urgent and nerve-wrackingly ominous, with a surprisingly boisterous humour * Financial Times * Brilliant, beautiful, upsetting, angry, seductive, impassioned, polemical and horrifying * Herald * Astounding - It's no surprise that this book has won so many prizes * Daily Mail * This powerful and astonishing novel is one of the most important to be set in Africa since Camus' The Plague * Scotsman * Corrosive, denunciatory ... and beautifully written * Le Devoir, Montreal * A voice that evokes humanity in all its depth and breadth, where the executioner and victim are brother and sister, where death is a daily occurrence. A voice I implore you to listen to ... Through a felicitous mix of reportage and fiction, Courtemanche has powerfully portrayed a lucid character deeply engaged in a humanist quest * Le Journal de Montreal *