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Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld
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May 05, 2008

really liked it

Jean H did a great job coaxing interviews from the Rwandan killers, and their words, for the most part true, are shocking and insightful. Hard to draw any conclusions. Sometimes you feel fascination, like slowing down to view a car wreck- and that isn't necessarily healthy. You run through different emotions as you read what the killers have to say- and even wonder if thy aren't somehow victims themselves. Jean H isn't the most impartial journalist, and I often wished he would not interject his own essays into the mix- sometimes he tends to finger wag in a situation beyond any outsiders complete comprehension. He also allows the victims to interject between the killers comments, and analyzes the truthfulness of some answers. The analysis was valid and often illuminating, but I was frustrated by the biased intrusion by a white man from a colonial background. Still- this is an important archive of voices from the genocide.

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