Hailed by reviewers as "powerful,""haunting" and "a tour de force of personal journalism,"When A Crocodile Eats the Sun is the unforgettable story of one man's struggle to discover his past and come to terms with his present. Award winning author and journalist Peter Godwin writes with pathos and intimacy about Zimbabwe's spiral into chaos and, along with it, his family's steady collapse. This dramatic memoir is a searing portrait of unspeakable tragedy and exile, but it is also vivid proof of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
"In the tradition of Rian Malan and Philip Gourevitch, a deeply moving book about the unknowability of an Africa at once thrilling and grotesque. In elegant, elegiac prose, Godwin describes his father's illness and death in Zimbabwe against the backdrop of Mugabe's descent into tyranny. His parent's waning and the country's deterioration are entwined so that personal and political tragedy become inseparable, each more profound for the presence of the other" -- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
"A fascinating, heartbreaking, deeply illuminating memoir that has the shape and feel of a superb novel." -Kurt Anderson, author of Heydey
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1 . Life-changing
Posted June 16, 2011 by BNC , SC, CAHow are we going after Ghadafi, Saddam and Bin Laden and NOT Mugabe? I had NO clue about what was going on in Zimbabwe with Mugabe as their leader! Peter Godwin made me fall in love with Africa and fear it at the same time. I have never read a better memoir, this is a must read for everyone. It is an eye opener, a tear jerker, and also shows the inner strength of humanity and what one does for survival. I will try to never complain about traffic, waiting in line at Starbucks or ruining my new pants ever again.
2 . Yet another holocaust book - in disguise..
Posted September 22, 2009 by Dave , RevelstokeHoped for a great book set in Africa and about African people. Turns out to be a book about Jews being singled out during the holocaust. I was so bored at one point near the middle of the book that I began flipping forward page after page until it got interesting but it never did so I gave up. The boring bit was an endless chronological history of the protagonists father, not at all interesting to me.
I guess I have been spoiled by great books about Africa like "Power of One" by Bryce Courtney.
Back Bay Books
April 09, 2008
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