Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda

by Stassen | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1596431032 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tnkbl of Walnut Creek, California USA on 6/16/2006
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24 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by tnkbl from Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, June 16, 2006
Looks intense. Hope someone out there will enjoy it.

Journal Entry 2 by tnkbl from Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Sending this off to Lobodyke, who was a winner in my blog-celebration RABCK drawing!

Journal Entry 3 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Oooh, goody --- I'm really excited about getting this. I agree with tnkbl; it does look intense, but having recently read "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families" [about the 1994 Rwandan genocide], I'm actively seeking more books on this subject.

Note: To become involved in genocide awareness and activism, see http://www.preventgenocide.org/.

Journal Entry 4 by Lobodyke from Bardstown, Kentucky USA on Friday, February 09, 2007
My journal on this book is WAY overdue, since I read it some time last year, but it got buried in a pile of books by the computer. Imagine that! Anyway, as a graphic novel, I liked the way this book illustrated the Rwandan genocides at a more personal level. Stassen's choice of coloring and inking, in particular, depicted the dark undertones of the tragedy throughout. However, I do think some readers (myself included) would have been lost at certain points if they had not previously read material about the genocides.

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on its way to someone in Florida as a surprise ...

Journal Entry 6 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, March 11, 2007
Thanks Lobodyke! A totally lovely surprise indeed!! That's so nice of you.
It's seldom one comes across a graphic novel on a serious subject and not about fantasy or romance. Look forward to a good read, afterwhich I will contribute to a comic bookbox so more BCers can share this.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, July 29, 2007
Just finished reading it. The foreword in the front was really useful in explaining the background of the story. However, I often get lost when a story hops back and forth in time and unfortunately this one is no exception. (just my problem, not the artist's fault.) Thanks again, Lobodyke for this surprise RABCK, and tnkbl for releasing the book to begin with. I will put this in a graphic novel bookbox to be shared by others.

Journal Entry 8 by Minerva101 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 11, 2007
This arrived in my book box today. It looks very serious. I did enjoy the Maus graphic novels(also very serious), so I am going to add this book to Mt. TBR for a day when I want some serious substance to my reading.
Thank you for including such a different graphic novel in my book box. It is nice to sample different books than one would normally choose for ones self.

Journal Entry 9 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Ok - my journal on this book is also very overdue, but better late than never :)
I had a really hard time with this book because of the subject matter. It is a disturbing book that I had to put down frequently. But, I think that is what the author/illustrator was trying to acheive. He has to disturb you to make you understand how horrible it must of been to live through the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Some of the images are seared into my brain and the incredibly haunted faces of some of the characters will lurk in my brain for a long time.
I am both glad and sad that I read this book. I am going to pass it along to a fellow bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 10 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, October 09, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (10/9/2010 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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I am releasing this book at our Calgary Bookcrossing meeting today at the Joshua Tree Cafe as our monthly theme this month is graphic novels. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 11 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, October 09, 2010
picked up at the october meeting!

update: A very visceral graphic novel, similar to "I saw it" (a manga by an author who lived through the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing.) I also found the movement back and forth through time to be confusing and plan to re-read it to really get the impact of it.

It was particularily depressing when the following day a lady in my church got up to talk about an event about the genocide sitaution in Darfur, talking about how 65 years ago the world said never again....and promptly began dancing circles around the "G-word" ever since,

Journal Entry 12 by megami-no-ushi at Joshua Tree Café, Edmonton Trail in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, November 13, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (11/13/2010 UTC) at Joshua Tree Café, Edmonton Trail in Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Taking to the November meet up to be swapped or left on the shelf.

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Journal Entry 13 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, November 14, 2010
Picked up at november bookcrossing get together

Journal Entry 14 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, January 08, 2011
A serious and distrubing graphic novel on the the genocide in Rwanda. I'm not big on sybolism, so the parts that were supposed to be sybolic were a bit lost on me, but it is still a good depiction of what happens. Really makes a person think. It was a well put together novel.

Journal Entry 15 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, January 08, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (1/8/2011 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Released at the Calgary Book Crossing meeting

Journal Entry 16 by Crossing-Guard at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, January 08, 2011
I picked this up at Calgary's meetup, adding it to my TBR pile.

Journal Entry 17 by Crossing-Guard at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Wow, a very tough book to get through! I'm not a huge fan normally of graphic novels but I found this one was very effective. I think I need to do some additional reading to fully understand the brutality of what happened. Thanks for making me that much more aware...

Journal Entry 18 by Crossing-Guard at Joshua Tree Café, Edmonton Trail in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, July 14, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/14/2012 UTC) at Joshua Tree Café, Edmonton Trail in Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Taking this to our July meet up, if no one wants it, it will be left on the shelves.

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Journal Entry 19 by sing-song at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, July 14, 2012
Picked this up at the July meeting today.

Journal Entry 20 by sing-song at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
One of those deeply disturbing books. Finally got the flipping between times. It truly makes you wonder how humanity can be so inhuman.

Journal Entry 21 by sing-song at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (10/12/2013 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Taking to the October meeting of BookCrossers at Cravings.

Journal Entry 22 by BlackGryphon at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, October 13, 2013
Picked this book up from the October Calgary Bookcrossing meeting. Thanks to everyone for passing the book along to share.

I read Deogratias in one sitting this evening. I found the prologue very helpful as it gave a brief overview of the events in the Rwanda genocide. As others have noted, the story is told with flashes to the past. It was confusing until I realized that the condition of Deogratias' shirt indicated the timeframe.

I appreciate that the author chose to give a snapshot of the genocide through one character's perspective. The story goes for depth rather than breadth so the emotion and personal stories are poignant. This book left me with lots to think about, and an interest to learn more about Rwanda today.

This book will go back to the Calgary BC meeting next month.

Journal Entry 23 by BlackGryphon at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, November 09, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (11/9/2013 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Bringing this book back to the Calgary Bookcrossing Meetup.

Journal Entry 24 by nada50 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, November 09, 2013
Picked up at the November Bookcrossing meetup.

Journal Entry 25 by nada50 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, November 24, 2013
Thankfully the author gave a preamble to the book or I would have been lost - felt he tried to cram too many perspectives into one book - a sad and disgraceful reaction from the global community. Releasing this back to the book exchange at the December Bookcrossing brunch.

Journal Entry 26 by Crataegus at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, December 15, 2013
Picked up at yesterday's Calgary BookCrossing meeting. Sorry for the late entry.

Journal Entry 27 by Crataegus at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This book is not for the faint of heart.

Will be brought to the next Calgary BookCrossing meetup and handed off... hopefully.

Journal Entry 28 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, January 11, 2014
This book was returned to me at the Bookcrossing meeting today. I will see if I can send this out as a ray.....

Journal Entry 29 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, January 20, 2014
This book is now a Book Ray!
See below for the forum link and shipping order:

Forum Link

Shipping Order:
KiwiinEngland (New Zealand)
Billbooks (Australia)
iwii (Netherlands)
okyrhoe (Greece)
alexiapapa (Greece)
Wichtelkoenigin (Germany)
Askeladda (Norway)
pam99 (Scotland)
Abi-Gibby (UK)
hyphen8 (USA)
tchaikovsky (USA)

Journal Entry 30 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, January 20, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (1/20/2014 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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I mailed this book off on the beginning of it's Book Ray journey - first stop with KiwiinEngland in New Zealand.
I sent it air mail so it should arrive in a couple weeks.

Journal Entry 31 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, February 08, 2014
Safely arrived, thanks for posting it over.

Latest shipping order from bookring forum

Shipping Order:
KiwiinEngland (New Zealand)
Edwardstreet (New Zealand)
Billbooks (Australia)
iiwi (Netherlands)
okyrhoe (Greece)
alexiapapa (Greece)
Andrasthe (Austria)
Wichtelkoenigin (Germany)
GronnLivsstil (Norway)
Askeladda (Norway)
pam99 (Scotland)
Abi-Gibby (UK)
hesiodo66 (Argentina)
hyphen8 (USA)
tchaikovsky (USA)

Journal Entry 32 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, February 15, 2014
The introduction was very useful, and the graphics were strong.

will pass on to Edwardstreet.

Journal Entry 33 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, February 15, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (2/15/2014 UTC) at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Passing on to Edwardstreet, who is next in line for this bookring. It will also assist in the 666 challenge (read six books from six different countries, in each of the six continents

Journal Entry 34 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, February 16, 2014
Collected from KIE, this will be perfect for the 666 challenge. I have vivid mmories of the news at the time of the genocide, so not sure if "loooking forward" is the right expression.

On its way to Bill, was read as a welcome addition to books I am gathering from around the world to enable me to achieve completion of the 666 challenge.

Journal Entry 36 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Monday, February 24, 2014
Book has safely made it across from the Tasman. I am nearly finished my Ruth Rendell so this will be next to give at least one more hit on the 666 challenge.

Journal Entry 37 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
This was my first graphic novel. I must admit I struggled with the format and felt like I was reading a comic book. Though if was a gruesome topic the changing from the past to the present was a little confusing and I don't think it got its message across as strongly as it could have. Anyway if knocked a country of my 666 challenge and also it gave me a chance to read a format I normally wouldn't. Now off to The Netherlands

Journal Entry 38 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Thursday, March 06, 2014
Sending to The Netherlands today

Journal Entry 39 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The book was in my mailbox yesterday.

Journal Entry 40 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I read this Graphic novel in the train to my parents and brother to celebrate our two birthdays. I was a frequent reader of graphic novels, so the visual language was easy to grasp for me, and, maybe due to the fact i live near Belgium, the former Rwandan colonizer, I got my share of news of the Rwandan genocide.
I liked the literary quality of the graphic novel, in a sence a coming of age novel. Deogratias is portrait as a juvenile is, very insecure, but an air of self-confidence to everyone. What happens to him, and the others around him, is to hard for him to recover from. It's a hard story, worthy to bet told. I liked the way it was told, present to past and present again. I think it made Deogratias a more interesting character, because you take his actions in the present back to his story in the past.

My dad read is as well and said he was very upset by it.

I will contact Okyrhoe. I give the book in the meantime to a friend of mine who lives close by.

Journal Entry 41 by ratje-toe at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, March 29, 2014
iiwi lent this book to me a few days ago, he will need it back soon to send it to the next reader on the list.

I'm glad I read it.

I agree with azuki: "The foreword in the front was really useful in explaining the background of the story." I didn't know the divisions between Hutu's and Tutsi's weren't very strong and the Belgian rulers amplified the divisions ('divide and rule'). You can see clearly in this book the schoolkids hardly knew who was Tutsi and who was Hutu. It didn't really matter much to them, it mattered to the European people in Rwanda. It is also very clear that, when there's a war going on, and genocide, you can't NOT participate. Wether a person chooses to participate or is forced to, she/he still has to come to terms with what happened. And the way the world chooses to ignore these horrors is appalling.....

I wasn't confused by the switches from 'present' to 'past': in the 'present', Deogratias has very yellow eyes....

Immediately started re-reading Maus after this book.

Journal Entry 42 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, April 25, 2014
Arrived in Athens. Thanks Minerva101 for including me in the ray, and iiwi for posting the book to me!

Journal Entry 43 by okyrhoe at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (8/20/2014 UTC) at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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Finally on its way to Andrasthe :-)

Journal Entry 44 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
got it

Journal Entry 45 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Monday, November 10, 2014
Brilliant colouring - the dark tones really set the appropriate mood. This book surely was touching and disturbing at the same way. As I knew enough about the tragic history of the genocides, the story wasn't confusing. Some aspects of the personal story, however, were a bit short and could have benefited from more explanations.Thanks for including me!

Journal Entry 46 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The book arrived today in Cologne, Germany. Thank you, Andrasthe, for sending it, and thank you for including me in the ray.

Journal Entry 47 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, January 02, 2015
Have just sent Askeladda a PM, asking for her address. Sorry it took me so long, have been in hospital twice in the last couple of month.
Anyway, thanks for sharing this great comic for me, the graphics are really good and I love the idea that we are sharing the story around the world!

Edit: My mistake. It's GronnLivsstil who's next on the list....
Send her a PM.

Journal Entry 48 by Wichtelkoenigin at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (1/13/2015 UTC) at Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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The book is on its way to Norway.

Journal Entry 49 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Monday, January 19, 2015
I got it in the mail today. I've got a couple of library books and another BC ring/ray, but I'll squeeze it in somewhere.

Journal Entry 50 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Saturday, January 24, 2015
This was an interesting read for sure.

Journal Entry 51 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Saturday, January 24, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (1/24/2015 UTC) at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway

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On the way to the next reader.

Journal Entry 52 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Thursday, March 26, 2015
The book is with me! Thank you for sending! The war in Rwanda 1994 engaged me a lot. So I have Started to read this grafic novel allready. I must use some time to take in the story. I'm thanksfull for this ray. I Wonder if it at all is possible to tell the civil war in Rwanda in i comic, soon I will know.

Journal Entry 53 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A strong, disturbing graphic novel from Rwanda. To tell Deogratias story in the form of a comic, worked. It's a sad tale, too overwhelming for a human brain to cope with. I had to read slowly. Thank you for including me in this ring!
The book will continue to travel as soon as I get pam99's adress. PM is sendt


Edit: Waiting one more week to hear from pam99 before Ill try to PM the next reader in the ring. Have asked for help to find her in the forum.

Journal Entry 54 by wingAskeladdawing at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (4/23/2015 UTC) at Skien, Telemark fylke Norway

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To the next reader! I never heard from pam99, so of poor Deogratias goes to Abi-Gibby.

Journal Entry 55 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This one has found itself safely with me today :)

Journal Entry 56 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I found this graphic novel very very disturbing and sad

Journal Entry 57 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Thursday, September 03, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (5/27/2015 UTC) at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom

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I sent this book out on the 27th may 2015, I have a very bad feeling that it has got lost in the post :(

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Journal Entry 58 by hesiodo66 at Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina on Monday, September 14, 2015
Received today, after 3 1/2 of travelling!!!!!!!!

Journal Entry 59 by hesiodo66 at Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I'am reading it. Beautiful images, a sad sad sad story.

Journal Entry 60 by hesiodo66 at Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Finished today. Thanks a lot to share this book with me. I'll contact the next in the list.

Journal Entry 61 by hesiodo66 at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (9/24/2015 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Sent it today, to hyphen8 (USA)

Journal Entry 62 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, October 04, 2015
Deogratias has arrived safely in Hawaii. Having internet connection issues at the moment, but I'll check in again soon.

Journal Entry 63 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, October 09, 2015
Still TBR but up next.

Sent a PM to tchaikovsky to see if she's still interested - no BC activity in a while so we'll see if I get a response.

Story and artwork by Jean-Philippe Stassen; translation by Alexis Siegel

Journal Entry 64 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, October 25, 2015
I'm reading it now, and have sent a 3rd PM to tchaikovsky...

Journal Entry 65 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, October 29, 2015
A relatively short read, but quite intense due to the subject matter. This book puts a very human face on the tragic events in Rwanda. I understand why one previous journaler mentioned Maus.

The story of Deogratias reminded me that when truly horrible things are happening, even relatively good people sometimes have to do terrible things in order to survive, and they are damaged by their actions and those events. Sadly, that damage is not always fixable, or even bearable.

I'm acquainted with someone who survived the "killing fields" of the Khmer Rouge; he strikes me as a caring, giving, hard-working person who does a lot of community work, but from a few brief mentions I suspect that he is still sometimes haunted by his past.

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I haven't heard back from tchaikovsky, so I've sent a PM to Minerva101 to see if she has anything to say about where this book should go next.

Journal Entry 66 by winghyphen8wing at Town (restaurant) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, April 03, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (4/2/2016 UTC) at Town (restaurant) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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This was one of the books left on the table after our wonderful TOC lunch at Town - I hope it finds a new reader!

Wild released for Secretariat's 2016 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 13: 1st quarter re-do - African characters) and AlterEgoZoe's Leap into the Wild Challenge.

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