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The Gokwe Kid - Dick of the Bushveld - Part One (Last of the Rhodesians - Chronicles of an African anarchist Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karl Greenberg
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Last of the Rhodesians
Chronicles of an African anarchist

The Gokwe Kid – Dick of the Bushveld
Part One

After self proclaiming the coveted crown of Rhodesia Has No Talent, along with the X-Factor and semi-finalist in Strictly come Soldiering, the Gokwe Kid now has only one more triumphal title to achieve. To be the ultimate outback detective – Dick of the Bushveld.

Patrol Officer Greenberg is his name – outranking stupidity is his bane; as he battles protocol and dodges the evil gooks of Mugabe. From his inauguration into the world’s finest police force – the British South Africa Police, he is threatened with terrible death on an almost daily basis from his ‘friends’ - whilst his enemies avoid him like the plague.

A mocumentry, a tragic/comedy – this is the true story of tortuous transition. A deranged, juvenile delinquent; motormouths into a manly, deranged delinquent - and fails rather dramatically in that task as well. This hilarious weepy will have you attached to alcohol and giant joints.

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  • Print Length: 219 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Gokwe Kid" - unsurprisingly won no medals! 24 Aug 2012
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Congratulations to Karl on writing a very entertaining and unfortunately for him, realistic account of his time in the Rhodesian War. Very humourous and without the standard "skiet en donder" found in some Rhodesian War books. I've already recommended it to some of my friends and look forward to the next chronicle of his military faux pas or whatever the plural is). I've given it a four star rating because I'm just a nice person :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is the story of Patrol Officer Greenberg of the British South Africa Police, posted to a place in the intensifying Rhodesian bush war that could not be more bush and what couldn't be more middle than this middle of nowhere: Gokwe. If you're not from Rhodesia, Gokwe is almost a joke name for remoteness in the same way as Enkledoorn became synonymous with parochialism. So there was - and is - plenty of opportunity for playing it for laughs, which the author seizes with both hands, and successfully. He casts himself as a sort of 1970s Yossarian of the Rhodesian civil conflict in which the forces of Mugabe and Nkomo - backed more or less by the whole rest of the world - were attempting to wrest control of the country which became Zimbabwe from Ian Smith's highly-trained but resource-tiny security forces. We all know how it ended. And there has now been dozens of books - good and not so good - covering the conflict. But even the best ones are - as war books tend to be - rather dry. It is after all a serious business; not a barrel of laughs as such, but most authors tend to forget that there are laughs aplenty, as Spike Milligan signally demonstrated with his WWII memoirs. The Gokwe Kid scores by remembering, in an amusing narrative, the funny details which the soldier (because mostly, the BSAP were soldiers) endures. It's the minutiae of daily life in the front line which makes the difference in a war memoir. If you are ex-forces, whether Rhodesian or otherwise, these are the things which invoke nostalgia and make it real. That's what's good about this particular story. Very funny, but also, in places, poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, accurate and very funny 30 Aug 2012
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I have read accurate, well researched books on Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe. I have read a lot of funny books and I have read a lot of well written books. But this is the first time I have read a book that has all three components. I could not put it down, I just sat there laughing but entranced. Well done Karl Greenberg, this is a masterpiece I cannot wait to read part two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked me up! 7 Sep 2013
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As one who was there (Intaf) the book was such a strong reminder of the place and the time that as soon as I finished it I ordered Part 2. I recommend it - Mike Paterson's review covers the description more thoroughly than I can. Good job, KG!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 25 Jun 2013
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Excellent light, easy reading, very entertaining. I had some good chuckles reading this. Accurate for the Rhodesia of that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Equally funny to Part Two 18 April 2013
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Buy Part One and Two together because you will love them both! They are the funniest books, well written, carefully thought through. Excellent books!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 star 30 Mar 2013
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Excellent book looking forward to part two .a very funny book read it in two sittings very hard to put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars BSAP 29 Mar 2013
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Like Gokwe Kid part 2 this was a more light hearted look at a terrible terrorist war. I would recommend bothy books
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you do nothing else, treat yourself to this book!
This book left me spellbound. It is not the normal memoir written by most, but a revealing revelation of the authors young life in Rhodesia and in particular a hilarious account of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gokwe Kid - Dick of the Bushveld - Part One (Last of the...
Brilliant Book ~ Had me in tears and fits of laughter at the same time. Very well written, Really touches on the hearts of those who lived in Rhodesia ~ thank you for the memories... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ally
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at it Karl's way - and laugh!
Karl Greenberg's account of the trials of a trainee policeman in seventies Rhodesia is hilarious but deadly accurate! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Msasa 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Rhodesian Memoir.
I really enjoyed this book, if you like humour, this has many a laugh out loud moments,
If you are living, or have lived in Rhodesia, you will relate to much of what this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Meeshek
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in parts but average read
This is another book on Rhodesia that fails to capture the magic of Africa. It did not reach parts that other books did!
Published 17 months ago by kandyman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Having stumbled upon this, but having read Karl's internet ramblings over the years, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended to anyone of similar background.
Published 17 months ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Thoroughly enjoyable book,highly recommended if you lived in Rhodesia during that period.Did have a few giggles,looking forward to the next one!
Published 20 months ago by Mrs J Padley
5.0 out of 5 stars TEARS OF LAUGHTER!
I wept tears of laughter as I read Karl Greenberg's description of the contents of the Rhodesian army ration packs ('ratpaks'). Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chipoko
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