Land of A Thousand Hills

Land of A Thousand Hills

My Life in Rwanda

Book - 1999
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When Rosamond Halsey Carr first arrived in Africa, she didn't realize she would spend the rest of her life there. As a young fashion illustrator living in New York City in the 1940s, she seemed the least likely candidate for such a life of adventure. But marriage to a hunter-explorer took her to what was then the Belgian Congo, and divorce left her determined to stay on, in neighboring Rwanda, as the manager of a flower plantation. In the ensuing half century she witnessed the decline and fall of colonialism, the wars for independence, the loss of her friend Dian Fossey and the relentless clashes of the Hutus and Tutsis. And, finally, 1994's horrific genocide--of which she provides a personal, first-hand account that is unparalleled and underscores her continued devotion to the country by her decision to care for more than one hundred of its orphaned children.Land of a Thousand Hills unfolds against the backdrop of Rwanda's history from the royal Tutsi dynasty to the present, a landscape whose magic is aptly evoked. It is the epic story of a woman alone in an exotic land, struggling to survive untold hardships only to emerge with an extraordinary love for her adopted country and its people.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, c1999.
ISBN: 9780670887804
Branch Call Number: 967.571 Car
Characteristics: viii, 248 p., [16] p. of plates : 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Halsey, Ann Howard


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

In 1949, Rosamond Halsey Carr, a young fashion illustrator living in New York City, accompanied her dashing hunter-explorer husband to what was then the Belgian Congo. Her memoir, written in the grand tradition, will transport you to what many consider the most beautiful country in Africa, the “mille collines”. Even more compelling than Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa, and spanning over half a century, the story of this spirited woman and the people of Rwanda is one you will not forget.

Jun 05, 2014

When Rosamund Carr first arrived in Africa, as a new young bride, she had no idea that she would spend the rest of her life there, nearly half a century. While operating a flower plantation Carr fell in love with Rwanda and its people. She met many interesting people, had many great adventures, and had several near death experiences while living in this land of beautiful mountains. Those who enjoy travel, history, biography, women?s studies, or who just want to read about an amazing woman will enjoy this title.


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