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The Rebels' Hour

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Lieve Joris has long been considered "one of the best journalists in the world" ("Liberation," France) and in "The Rebels' Hour" she illuminates the dark heart of contemporary Congo through the prism of one lonely, complicated man--a rebel leader named Assani who becomes a high-ranking general in the Congolese army. As we navigate the chaos of his lawless country alongside ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Grove Press (first published 2006)
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Writingwestmidlands
Although writers from the Lowlands are perfectly capable of being inspired by their own countries, they travel well. Writers on history and culture and politics, like Geert Mak and Frank Westerman and Joris Luyendijk, and poets and novelists like Toon Tellegen and Otto de Kat have travelled and written. The travel writer Lieve Joris' book, The Rebels' Hour (trans. Liz Waters), is in this tradition; written from personal experience, vivid in explaining the complexities of nations and individuals. ...more
Juha
Sep 14, 2008 Juha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in Congo and Africa more broadly, and their rich, tragic history.
This book is 'literary reportage,' i.e. the author reports on real-life events through literary means. It does not mean that she has invented the story -- on the contrary, this tragic history is very true -- but that she tells it through a narrative of characters that she has met and at times fills in gaps in their lives and thoughts from her own imagination.
The book tells the story of a rebel from eastern Congo and his rise from a 'Tutsi' villager to a leadership position through the First War
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Sandra D
Jun 15, 2008 Sandra D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, fiction
A grim tale and not an easy book to read, as the narrative jumps back and forth in time. Still, I admired the author's attempt to unravel some of the complexities of modern-day central Africa.

The main character is based on a Tutsi-Congolese rebel leader the author met in 1998 and kept in touch with over the years, and the story itself is a fictional retelling of the spillover of the Rwandan conflict into Congo, facilitated by the erosion of that nation's stability by the kleptocracy of the Mobu
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Stephen
I've only read books about travellers trips in the Congo. But this time it's a harrowing insider view of a soldier. The fear and uncertainty is palpable. Although it was hard to keep up with the rivalries, who was who, maps, historic narrative and glossary all helped. I now want to learn more about what's happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Andi Tan
Oct 30, 2015 Andi Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is based on true events and the main character, Assani is based on a real person. The story takes place
Banu Altunbas
It was nice to read the Congo era when I was also in the places she talks about. The story is clearly catchy and people who don't know the recent history of Congo might enjoy reading it like a nice story-telling.
Rosanna Rosengren-klitgaard
Definitely one of the most interesting and captivating books I've read recently. This books takes you straight into the chaos and power plays of the two Congo wars through the story of a Banyamulenge rebel leader.
Rui Igreja
Apr 19, 2013 Rui Igreja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
A book based on a true story, the story of a boy who grew up in eastern Congo and became a rebel and a militar ... Congo, Rwanda, Tutsis, militars, rebels ... the centre of Africa.
Wouter
Dec 06, 2010 Wouter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crash course in the complexities of the recent relations between Rwandese and Congolese peoples, in a breathtaking fictionalised form
Ebba Kalondo
Apr 12, 2013 Ebba Kalondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes me back. Back to the foggy peaks of my heart.
hanne
Feb 13, 2013 hanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
captivating
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Godelieve "Lieve" Elisabeth Achiel Micheline Joris is een Vlaamse schrijfster van reisverhalen.

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Godelieve "Lieve" Elisabeth Achiel Micheline Joris is a Flemish writer of travel stories.
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