Strength in What Remains

Strength in What Remains

eBook - 2009
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder returns with the extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. After surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores until he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2009]
ISBN: 9781588368515
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 277 pages)
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May 10, 2019

How could I have missed reading this important book until now? It could well be moving into the genre of “classics.” It was perhaps no coincidence that the 2019 genocide in Sri Lanka occurred while I read of the escape from genocide in Rwanda and, equally horrendous but little known, the millions lost in Burundi. Kidder’s narrative non-fiction is the perfect vehicle for the story of Deo, who finds a way to attend Columbia Medical School after fleeing Armageddon in his homeland. What hath super powers of the world wrought with patronizing colonialism? Kidder raises many questions and delicious food for thought.

Apr 24, 2015

A good read, this story educates about Burundi, showing one man's experiences and the kindest of people who help him. It left me thinking about him days and weeks after I finished this provocative book.

Mar 02, 2015

Kidder has a real knack for bringing real life heroes to light—people who quietly go about making a difference in the world. How someone like Deo can survive the warfare in his home country of Burundi, arrive in the US, speaking only French and end up graduating from college is a story of determination and courage. Add to that his determination to go back to Burundi and make a difference in the health care system is amazing. Thank you Mr. Kidder for allowing me to meet such a remarkable world citizen

patienceandfortitude Nov 07, 2012

Another eye opening report by Kidder. This time about an African medical student who escapes genocide, comes to New York and is a homeless, grocery deliverer, until he meets a few wonderful people who help him pursue his dreams of building health care in his home nation. Another reason to support the incredible work of Partners in Health. Highly recommend both this and Mountains Beyond Mountain.

btmslt Apr 20, 2012

An interesting real-life drama.

Nov 21, 2011

The book is certainly interesting.
But I do not know why, somehow I didn’t always sympathized to
Deo, despite all the difficulties through which he had to go.
The impression is that everybody had a some sort of obligation to him. His unexplained and unnecessary pride, manifested not where it should, and in relation to those people who treated him with all openness and a desire to help.
All happiness or unhappiness of any country is always to blame the country itself. And other countries, in a view of certain circumstances of country in any kind of conflict, are seeking their own advantage by building it on someone else's misfortune.

Jul 21, 2011

Oh my goodness...this book...I don't even have words. So, SO incredibly tragic. And so real because it's a recent issue. I almost thought this was fiction because of how vivid the details are and how much the story sucks you in. The ending made me burst with joy. HIGHLY recommend.

Dec 16, 2010

Book Club - Dec. 2009

Aug 01, 2010

An incredible,but at times difficult read.The history of an incredible man's journey through the Burundi and Rwanda massacres and ongoing.


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