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Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
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Dec 10, 2011

did not like it
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Read from December 10, 2011 to January 15, 2012 , read count: 1

This not-exactly-a-memoir-memoir went from depressing to more depressing to most depressing. The story is of Deo, a young man who escapes the genocide in Burundi in the 1990's. Through a combination of hard work and good fortune, he ends up graduating from college in the US and working toward a career in medicine. This seemingly uplifting tale was marred by both dry writing and the author's insistence of visiting Deo's troubled past again ... and again ... and again. This could have worked in a more traditional memoir format. Instead, it was a painful read all around.
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Linda The book wasn't meant to entertain inspired me .

Jennifer I mean really his "painful past" was the whole point of the book.

Kirsten @Jennifer- I concur. It's not Chicken Soup For The Genocide Survivors Soul.

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