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    There is no better lycee than Our Lady of the Nile Nor is there any higherWe're so close to heaven whispers Mother Superior The school year c

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    A story of a Catholic girls school in the mountains of Rwanda set apart from society but not protected from the racial tensions that lead up to the genocide The conflicts between Tutsi and Hutu have always existed and at the time this novel is set the Belgian government has attempted to mandate mixing by reuiring a certain percentage of Tu

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    Bringing a surprisingly light touch to the material Mukasonga investigates the disasters of Rwandan history building from the colonial

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    A few years ago while reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies I was so furious at the author While showing the inherent evil that is pres

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    Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastiue Mukasonga translated from the French by Melanie Mauthner uses the backdrop of a girls’ school in Rwanda to underscore the seeds of the Rwandan genocideOur Lady of the Nile is a high school for daughters of elite politically prominent Rwandan families The school is situated on a mountain top surrounded by a brick wall an iron gate and armed guards who patrol the perimeter

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    I try really hard to keep up with what happens in the world but sometimes it is difficult to understand what happens in a foreign county a foreign culture and the horrific devastation of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda is no exception Sure I remember the news and yes I saw the movie Hotel Rwanda but still it is just so difficult to comprehend I wanted to read this book because I thought it would shed further light for me on happened t

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    Short clear sketches of life in a Rwandan lycée circa the early 70s a world which I would have no idea about if not for this book This book was recommended to me by Brooklyn bookmatch when I reuested books by women in tr

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    I've always thought that choosing a good topic was a important skill for non fiction writers And implicitly at least I've thought the

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    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog 35 stars This book is just what I needed to remind me why I decided to follow the reading around the world challenge It's such a good profile of the situation in Rwanda for the time period and even much after as the book is set before the 1994 Tutsi genocide that I couldn't help but feel carried away i

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    A short easy flowing novel about a boarding school in Rwanda run by nuns and priests housing the elite of young girls ie the daughter's of the rich the army and the politiciansIt starts innocently enough describing the school that is at a close proximity to the statue of our lady of the Nile goes through many s

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For her most recent work and first novel Notre Dame du Nil originally published in March 2012 with Gallimard in French Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls called Notre Dame du Nil The girls are sent to this h. There is no better lycee than Our Lady of the Nile Nor is there any higherWe re so close to heaven whispers Mother Superior The school year coincides with the rainy season so the lycee is often wrapped in clouds Sometimes not often the sun peaks through and you can see as far as the big lake that shiny blue puddle down in the valley It s a girls lycee The boys stay down in the capital The reason for building the lycee so high up was to protect the girls by keeping them far away from the temptations and evils of the big city Good marriages await these young lycee ladies you see And they must be virgins when they wed or at least not get pregnant beforehand Staying a virgin is better for marriage is a serious business loc 21And so the novel begins well this is not the precise beginning but very close We are introduced to the setting a girls school a high school to prepare Rwandan girls from elite families for thier future It is the 1970s in a very young country and the future for most is thought to be marriage to important men men important to the country s futureThis school is located close to the head of the Nile and near to that site is the Madonna for whom the school is named Our Lady of the Nile but Our Lady of the Nile was black her face was black her hands were black her feet were black Our Lady of the Nile was a black woman an African woman a Rwandan woman and indeed why not loc 60In an understated fashion that serves to underscore the simmering hatred that will erupt in an all too real fashion in later years Mukasonga creates a world where there are classes of Rwandans within the school Through the words of Gloriosa a Hutu student we learn Two Tutsi for twenty pupils is the uota and because of that I know some real Rwandan girls of the majority people the people of the hoe friends of mine who didn t get a place in high school As my father likes to tell me we ll really have to get rid of these uotas one day it s a Belgian thing loc 285Along with this struggle within the African community there is the cultural struggle to be expected in a new nation caught between influences the pull of the European vs the call of the African The history of the missions vs the call of old waysThere is so much here in this uiet novel uiet until the final chapters at least I found this to be very interesting providing insights into what came later in the horrific killings It confirms my wish to read African fictionA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review

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Ors of the school in the interminable rainy season Friendships desires hatred political fights incitation to racial violence persecutions The school soon becomes a fascinating existential microcosm of the true 1970s Rwanda. Short clear sketches of life in a Rwandan lyc e circa the early 70s a world which I would have no idea about if not for this book This book was recommended to me by Brooklyn bookmatch when I reuested books by women in translation with a strong sense of place And it definitely has evocative descriptions of the school and the surrounding area but also of the texture of everyday life The other recommendations are at NYRB review

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Igh school perched on the ridge of the Nile in order to become the feminine elite of the country and to escape the dangers of the outside world The book is a prelude to the Rwandan genocide and unfolds behind the closed do. I try really hard to keep up with what happens in the world but sometimes it is difficult to understand what happens in a foreign county a foreign culture and the horrific devastation of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda is no exception Sure I remember the news and yes I saw the movie Hotel Rwanda but still it is just so difficult to comprehend I wanted to read this book because I thought it would shed further light for me on happened thereThis is a small book that carries the seeds of the horrors yet to be in Rwanda The story takes place at an elite all girls boarding school We can see through the daily lives of the girls in this school the Hutus looking down on the Tutsi girls the politics in and outside of the school It s about organized religion a black Madonna an abusive priest the native beliefs and superstitions and a witch doctor a Tutsi girl elevated in the eyes of her family and neighbors because she was among the elite girls getting an education and the beginnings of the horrific eventsI have to admit that I did not understand some of what happened in this story but then how can we possibly understand what ultimately happened in the Rwanda Genocide Perhaps that is what the author is trying to impart just a little understanding of the horror that occurred there She succeeds in doing soI m sometimes a little bit leery of reading a book that has been translated because sometimes the language just doesn t flow in English as it might have in the original language That is not the case with this book which was originally published in French on 2012 and won several literary prizes I would recommend thisThanks to Steerforth Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story