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It needs to be read but it won't be an 'enjoyable' read
on 27 December 2014
My three stars reflects my personal “enjoyment” of the book rather than a reflection of its importance in reporting what has/is happening in Zimbabwe under the Mugabe regime. Although his book is as powerful and as well written as his previous books, it is not the same style/flavour to Peter Godwin’s earlier accounts. It is rather a book ‘reporting’ on the events in Zimbabwe (post 2008 elections), more akin to John Pilger.
I thoroughly enjoyed Peter's Godwin's earlier "Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa"" a personal account of his upbringing in what was Rhodesia. I still think Mukiwa is the best of what is becoming an increasing genre of personal accounts of growing up in what was then Rhodesia during the insurgency campaign of the 1960-70s that led to an independent Zimbabwe. I did not find his second book “When A Crocodile Eats the Sun” as enjoyable, in that the tragic circumstances of Zimbabwe as reflected through the account of his parent's day-to-day living, was not countered by the humour that was shown in the first book. The third book is unremitting tale of woe describing Mugabe’s tyranny in holding on to power which includes beatings, torture, killings, etc.
What I find hard to believe is how neighbouring states allow Mugabe to continue and why the people of Zimbabwe haven’t launched a third Chimurenga! Also I wonder what the news coverage would have been if the white-minority government of Rhodesia acted in a similar fashion?