I may have a different feeling about this book had "Left to Tell" not been fresh on my mind.
This book has many beautiful, breath-taking moments. It'sI may have a different feeling about this book had "Left to Tell" not been fresh on my mind.
This book has many beautiful, breath-taking moments. It's many voices have an honest feel to them and consequently I cared for them almost to the end. It took me about a fourth of the book in to make that investment, and the last fourth I sort-of gave up on them.
It seemed the author's "agenda", political believes, religious bias or what-have-you got in the way of what could have been a more meaningful ending.
Maybe it's my own beliefs and biases that got in the way.
I was left with a much more uplifting feeling reading "Left to Tell" (about a native Rwandan woman's experience during the Rwandan holocaust) than this book.
Not to say this book wasn't at all uplifting. I felt I learned so many beautiful things about the Congo and Western Africa at this author's skillful hand. I was given a glimpse into a life completely different than my own. I have never considered myself especially materialistic, but after reading this feel like I a very wasteful person.
Here's my biggest beef (and this brings me back to the beginning): Kingslover's book made it seem like trying to bring Christianity to Africa was foolish, naive, inconsiderate, and down right hurtful to the people themselves. Immaculee Ilibagiza's book "Left to Tell" showed how this woman's unshakeable faith in Christ essentially saved her from horror's unimaginable. There was just such a stark contrast to me there.