Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile For her most recent work and first novel Notre Dame du Nil originally published in March with Gallimard in French Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls called Notre Dame du Nil The

  • Title: Our Lady of the Nile
  • Author: Scholastique Mukasonga Melanie L. Mauthner
  • ISBN: 9780914671039
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • For her most recent work and first novel Notre Dame du Nil, originally published in March 2012 with Gallimard in French Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls, called Notre Dame du Nil The girls are sent to this high school perched on the ridge of the Nile in order to become the feminine elite of the country and to escape the dangers of the outside world.For her most recent work and first novel Notre Dame du Nil, originally published in March 2012 with Gallimard in French Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls, called Notre Dame du Nil The girls are sent to this high school perched on the ridge of the Nile in order to become the feminine elite of the country and to escape the dangers of the outside world The book is a prelude to the Rwandan genocide and unfolds behind the closed doors of the school, in the interminable rainy season Friendships, desires, hatred, political fights, incitation to racial violence, persecutions The school soon becomes a fascinating existential microcosm of the true 1970s Rwanda.

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    1. There is no better lycee than Our Lady of the Nile. Nor is there any higher."We're so close to heaven," whispers Mother Superior. The school year coincides with the rainy season, so the lycee is often wrapped in clouds. Sometimes, not often, the sun peaks through and you can see as far as the big lake, that shiny blue puddle down in the valley. It's a girls' lycee. The boys stay down in the capital. The reason for building the lycee so high up was to protect the girls, by keeping them far away f [...]

    2. A story of a Catholic girls school in the mountains of Rwanda, set apart from society but not protected from the racial tensions that lead up to the genocide. The conflicts between Tutsi and Hutu have always existed, and at the time this novel is set, the Belgian government has attempted to mandate mixing by requiring a certain percentage of Tutsi girls to be at the school. But they are not treated the same, at least not by the others.Other issues are raised, such as the idealization of the Tuts [...]

    3. Bringing a surprisingly light touch to the material, Mukasonga investigates the disasters of Rwandan history, building from the colonial period and culminating in the internal strife of genocide in 1994, in the microcosm of an all-girls Catholic school in the 80s. And so ominous political undercurrents are just one thread running beneath a web of other stories -- misplaced veneration of old colonial powers, Rwandan folklore lurking at the fringes of official Christianity, gorillas in the mountai [...]

    4. I try really hard to keep up with what happens in the world, but sometimes it is difficult to understand what happens in a foreign county, a foreign culture and the horrific devastation of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda is no exception. Sure, I remember the news and yes I saw the movie Hotel Rwanda, but still it is just so difficult to comprehend. I wanted to read this book because I thought it would shed further light for me on happened there.This is a small book that carries the seeds of [...]

    5. Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.*** 3.5 stars ***This book is just what I needed to remind me why I decided to follow the reading around the world challenge. It's such a good profile of the situation in Rwanda for the time period and even much after (as the book is set before the 1994 Tutsi genocide), that I couldn't help but feel carried away into the world of the book.Our Lady of the Nile delves deeply into the psychology of the regular Rwandans, depicting their beliefs, the struggles [...]

    6. I've always thought that choosing a good topic was a important skill for non-fiction writers. And implicitly, at least, I've thought the same thing for novelists and poets--I'm much less likely to read books that just mull over the same material. Well, Mukasonga chose a topic that's both very appealing to me (nunsploitation) and objectively worthwhile (colonialism, politics, their awful effects on each other). But I feel uncomfortable saying that this counts in the book's favor. Mukasonga, I gat [...]

    7. This is a short yet somewhat dense novel set in an elite Rwandan girls' boarding school in the 1970s: set well before the genocide but written after, it focuses primarily on the laying of the groundwork for ethnic cleansing. As a novel, though, it didn't do anything for me: the structure is more a series of vignettes than a plot; there is no protagonist, and almost all of the girls seem either interchangeable or too distant to inspire any sense of connection in readers. The most vivid personalit [...]

    8. I had big plans for this novel, first five stars, then four, but by the end of it my plans degenerated down to three. I really wanted to give this novel minimum four, but near the end of Our Lady of the Nile the story became choppy. Whereas the majority of the story was like a mansion, the end tuned into a lean-to tacked on. I don't know what happened to this interesting and lyrical novel. It's as if the author didn't know where to take the story or just got tired and rushed the story to its' fi [...]

    9. It's the late 1970s in Rwanda, and the students at Our Lady of the Nile -- an elite girls' boarding school -- know to watch their step. The country is under majority rule, but unrest is everywhere; the minority ethnic group make easy scapegoats. Genocide is not yet here, and it will not be here for some time, not really. But everyone knows that it's only a matter of time.It's an odd book, perhaps. Fascinating, though. For much of the book very little actually happens; instead it is all scene-set [...]

    10. The book is set inside of the Catholic boarding school for girls in Rwanda some time before the main events of the horrific genocide, when the tragedy is already in the air. It is a fable about coming of age, human nature and the limits of evil and good.I do not know much about Rwanda, unfortunately. And certainly, after reading this short novel I would like to find out more. What affected me the most is how history repeats itself in different times and in different settings, how under the influ [...]

    11. Really more of a novel-in-stories, OUR LADY OF THE NILE concerns the students, both Tutsi and Hutu, of an elite Catholic high school for girls in Rwanda fifteen years prior to the 1994 genocide. One of my favorite chapters is "The Gorillas," in which a couple of girls, annoyed by the whites' appropriation of the gorillas, set out to see and somehow claim the animals themselves. When they reach the highlands, their guide tells them that the white woman who takes care of the gorillas, (presumably [...]

    12. Our Lady of the Nile was an intriguing novel for me that really did leave me pondering the situation after I had completed reading. At times it does feel like it is dragging, however, by the end all of the content makes sense. What was intriguing about this novel was the thought process of the students. They are only high school students at a boarding school that are relatively isolated from the rest of the community and in the end the girls run riot. They organise terrible things by themselves, [...]

    13. scholastique mukasonga's our lady of the nile (notre-dame du nil), set in a rwandan an all-girls catholic school, presages the genocidal horrors that were to follow a decade and a half later. with steadily increasing conflict and simmering racial tension, mukasonga's story reaches its climax as the world around its characters is forced into a realm of deceit, hysteria, intolerance, clashing loyalties, and impending violence. "you know very well it's all based on your lies.""it's not lies, it's p [...]

    14. Not sure on the star rating. It sort of held my interest, sort of not. Definitely a reasonable selection for a country in a story that covers a lot of historical issues. It is ugly at the end, but that period of Rwandan history is ugly. High points for lots of Rwandan legend and folklore mixed into the story.

    15. Book about girl from Catholic College in Rwanda who is from Tutsi tribe, who is believed to have ancestors of Egyptian origin. But when she is pictured as Egyptian Queen we discovered that she is pictured as Devil.

    16. osinskipoludzku Scholastique Mukasonga napisała książkę, która robi zamęt w głowie, a ja bardzo szanuję tych pisarzy, którzy potrafią zamieszać w mojej głowie. Jakoś po drodze mam ostatnio z Wydawnictwem Czwarta Strona i nie wiem czy to tylko moje odczucie , czy rzeczywiście tak jest, że poszerzyli oni swoją ofertę i urozmaicili czego dowodem swego czasu był Syn - Philipp Meyer, a teraz pojawiła się i ta książka autorstwa urodzonej w Rwandzie francuskiej pisarki Scholastiqu [...]

    17. My thoughts:• The beginning of the book was slow going for me as I was not familiar with some of the subtleties/nuances of the dialogue.• After I settled into the story a little, it still felt a little disjointed and more like vignettes – I did not know if this was because of the translation or once again my lack of knowledge• As the author begins to tell the back stories of the main characters it was easier for me to see not only the usual exclusion and bullying that is too often associ [...]

    18. Un livre qui nous laisse entrer dans la vie des adolescentes au Rwanda pendant l'époque avant la génocide, où l'on voit les tensions et pressions typiques de l'adolescence melées avec les avant propos de génocide. C'est à la fois une histoire sur passage à l'âge adulte et une histoire de comment les gens perdent leur humanité et les évévenements peuvent se dérouler d'une façon prévisible vers le génocide. Entre autre--les adultes qui ne font rien face aux préjugés qui se transfo [...]

    19. This was a good, quick read. The novel centers on the lives of the girls at a Catholic school set in the mountains of Rwanda. The school, Notre Dame du Nile (Our Lady of the Nile, is where girls who are from the highest levels of Rwandan society go to become educated. These are the girls who will become the wives of Rwandan leaders. The novel is set prior to the genocide that occurred in the mid-1990's and shows in miniature what was happening in Rwandan society as a whole. We are shown how prej [...]

    20. A snapshot of what life was like at a lycee in Rwanda during the 1970's leading up to a round of violence and genocide of the Tutsis.The reader is immersed in a upper class lycee in Rwanda in 1979. The class struggle between the Hutus and the Tutsis is already apparent. In this school for girls there are only a few Tutsi girls who were able to attend because of their scholarship and they were denigrated and had to take care with their behavior.The book shifts narratives following a number of dif [...]

    21. This is the second novel with, among other things, postcolonial theme I read in a row after Frankétienne' "Ripe to Burst" so I can't but compare the two. In stark contrast to Frankétienne's novel, "Our Lady of the Nile" is written in a flat voice giving the novel rather dry feeling even though it deals with the events leading to the Rwandan war and genocide. Flat voice aside, it is similar to "Ripe to Burst" in that regard that it clearly shows the cultural, religious, economic and political c [...]

    22. A book about an elite girls boarding school in Rawanda prior to the genocide. The school is home to girls of both Hutu and Tutsi, and prejudices abound. Now, stick in the white "superior" thinking, politics AND religion and then we wonder how the horrors of Rawanda occurred? Oh my.This book was originally published as a French language book, and the translation I believe was done very well. It won awards when first published in French in 2012. A story of fiction, but helped present the prelude t [...]

    23. This book was pretty good, but it had the misfortune of following an incredible book. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a high-schooler; a little Lord of the Flies, but with reference to an actual genocide.

    24. A beautiful but disturbing book about the genocide in Rawanda. The flat cadence of the book in contract to the horrors building up.

    25. This book is set in Notre-Dame du Nil, a Catholic boarding school for the young ladies of Rwanda, close to what the locals believe is the source of the Nile. It's 1970 and the country has been independent for less than a decade. The Hutus are in power, as Gloriosa, the resident bully and queen bee, never tires of reminding the two "quota" Tutsi girls in the last grade, Veronica and Virginia. The mission of the school is to educate the next generation of elite Rwandan women, so that they can be b [...]

    26. Scholastique é uma sobrevivente do genocídio de Ruanda.27 membros de sua família (sua mãe inclusa) foram mortos num dos confrontos mais sangrentos e menos conhecidos pelo grande público já que ocorreu na África e, como quase tudo que por lá ocorre, pouco importa ao resto do planeta.Neste livro, Scholastique tece uma fina pintura da sociedade ruandesa às vésperas desse massacre usando como pano de fundo o Liceu que dá título ao livro e para onde meninas ruandesas das famílias mais ab [...]

    27. Il libro tratta della vita in un collegio femminile cattolico del Ruanda alla vigilia del colpo di Stato del 1994 e del genocidio che ne è seguito. A dir la verità non conoscendo le ragioni dell'odio tra le etnie tutsi e hutu ho leggiucchiato qua e là su internet. Pare che i due popoli convissero pacificamente in Ruanda fino al dominio coloniale del Belgio ai primi del Novecento. Quest'ultimo infatti iniziò a favorire i tutsi (minoranza) e discriminare gli hutu, sulla base del fatto che i pr [...]

    28. Anyone looking for a blow-by-blow account of the Rwandan genocide should look elsewhere. This is the story of a year in an exclusive girl's boarding school which serves as a lead-up to the tragic events by showing the existing tensions between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority which lead to the slaughter of the latter. (It doesn't cover, or hint at, the second genocide when the Hutsis took their revenge.) As such, it's not so much as a historical novel as fairly-typical girls' boarding school [...]

    29. This novel is set in an all girls secondary boarding school high up in the mountains in Rwanda in 1979, as we are told in the narrative to avoid the temptations that would present themselves if they were nearer boys of a similar ages (the novel makes a point of the value of the dowry for a girl pure or at least not pregnant. later on there is a comment that the main reason for one girl is that by graduating, this also increasing the value of her dowry for potential suitors ).The characters invol [...]

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