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Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War (Women Writing Africa Series) [Paperback]

Goretti Kyomuhendo
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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: THE FEMINIST PRESS CUNY; 1st Feminist Press Ed edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558615393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558615397
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set during the last year of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's brutal regime, "Waiting" exposes the fear and courage of a small, close-knit community uncertain of what the edicts of a madman and the marauding of his uncontrollable army will bring with each coming day. Safe for years in their poor remote country village far from Amin's political battlefield, Alinda and her family are plunged into the rippling effects of war when the troops of the self-proclaimed "Last King of Scotland" use the local highway as an exit route from the pursuing Ugandan and Tanzanian liberators. With her mother on the verge of labour, her brother anxious to join the liberators, and a house full of hungry siblings, neighbours, and displaced refugees, Alinda learns what it takes to survive and eventually plan for a new life. "Waiting" captures the intimate details of a home front battle inflicted on individuals locked in a personal, daily war too often overshadowed by the atrocities of Amin's dictatorship and the eccentricities of his character.

Here the hidden realities and despair of the state-sponsored war on the Ugandan people gives way to the hope forged by the coming of the liberators and the renewed spirit of the people themselves as they reconstruct their homes and lives.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 29 Jan 2013
I bought this book off Goretti Kyomuhendo herself.It was her first book I read and did not know much of her previous work. Being a Ugandan who lived through the 1979 Idi Amin war,I was farmiliar with most of the issues.However although the book captured most of the impact on households.It lacks the wider effects of this internationally publicised war of Ugandan society and women beyond Hoima town.In my opinion that limits its global appeal and hence a missed opportunity.I found a woman,Kaka pregnant at over 70 years quite disturbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 16 May 2014
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This short novel was a quick read but a very enjoyable one. Despite not being very long or feeling too dense, the author actually was able to broach a wide range of subjects that are important to understanding Ugandan family life as well as life within a rural Ugandan society. Anyone headed to rural Uganda will surely benefit from reading this book ahead of time in order to familiarize themselves with some of the issues the nation has faced in the past as well as some that it continues to face currently. All in all, the book was an excellent read and the way the characters continued to reorganize themselves into a loving and caring family unit despite incredible hardships was certainly inspiring.
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