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When A Crocodile Eats the Sun by [Godwin, Peter]
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The author of the very fine Mukiwa now writes about his family...This powerful tale... --Publishing News

Daily Mail

'What raises this memoir above the common run of books charting
the destruction of Zimbabwe is Godwin's artistry in simultaneously placing
it in the context of history and of individual lives. He misses
nothing...Above all, he plainly loves Africa...'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (14 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4UBHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Through his personal perspective as a white African who continues to love his continent, combined with sound journalistic observation, research and deep insight, Peter Godwin has painted a poignant, touching and shocking picture of the decline of a beautiful country blessed with natural resources to an impoverished, suppressed shadow of its former self. This excellent book affected me (another displaced white African) profoundly, even more so because Godwin added several layers to make this book more than just a simple snapshot of a country or even one family's history. Highly recommended -- not only for people with a connection to Africa, but for everyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the world we live in. Don't miss it.
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Peter Godwin has a fantastic personal story to tell, in a very entertaining and personable style. He grew up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and this account covers his return to Zimbabwe when his father dies. The picture of life in modern Zimbabwe, and its massive failure politically and economically, is illustrated by personal observation, anecdotes and artfully interwoven historical detail. The book covers an unexpectedly wider field than Zimbabwe, however, including a background of the second world war and the Holocaust, and uncovering a tantalising family secret. Highly recommended.
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Peter Godwin's latest book simply un-putdownable. It is exceptionally well-written and comes straight from the heart. His deeply personal memoir is told with total sincerity and not a trace of self-pity. The steady demise of Zimbabwe is profoundly disturbing and for myself, living in South Africa in these times, very poignant. The way he describes events that would be absurd anywhere else in the world is dead-on. He is obviously deeply passionate about his home country and his narrative is heart wrenching. Anyone living in Africa or interested in Africa should read this book - however be warned - it's not for the fainthearted. Thank you Peter for sharing this story, you have a true talent.
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Peter Godwin's personal story is intertwined with the very real downfall of Zimbabwe under Mugabe. The story of how his parents cope, while Whites across Zimbabwe are evicted and murdered is very emotional, and the story of the fall of Zimbabwes economy is infuriating. A really, really good read, which quickly has you thinking about all those reports you saw on TV not so long ago.
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Like a lot of fairly ignorant Westerners I was aware that Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe was a country in serious turmoil . It was not until I read When A Crocodile Eats The Sun( the Zulu explanation for a solar eclipse) that I realised that Zimbabwe is a country on the verge of total collapse. Unemployment runs at 80%...yes that's 80%, there is inflation running at a staggering 2000% and there is not enough ink and paper to print the newspapers to inform the public of this , not that they would be allowed to print it anyway .Journalist Peter Godwin , now a resident of New York continues the story he started with "Mukawi. A White Boy In Africa"- a book I must confess I haven't read - but this is a deeply personal and riveting account of life in that desperate country and it serves just fine as a stand alone read.

The narrative is a little too fractured at times and though Godwin clearly feels great affinity with his country men his journalistic microscope offers little in the way of coruscating insight -other than to compare what is happening with the holocaust , which I too feel is inappropriate-- and is frustratingly short on possible solutions.

Where the book really succeeds is the anecdotal accounts of living ...no existing in the hell that is Zimbabwe under Mugabe. The tales of his stoical parents putting up with corruption , threats and constant gnawing uncertainty are brilliantly told and quite affecting .This is where the books true strength lies... the descriptions of the day to day turmoil and fear of living under a monster like Mugabe . Something its difficult for us to appreciate. Why he is left to wreak this havoc unencumbered by the worlds self appointed police force is sort of answered by the books title. When all that's left is the digested carcass of the country called Zimbabwe why would any western Government want to pick over the bones.?
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Peter Godwin was born in Rhodesia, and in 1996 he published 'Makiwa', a gripping account of how he grew up in that country. He was conscripted into the Rhodesian army to fight against the independence movement, by which time he felt that he was fighting in an unjust cause. He eventually got to England, became a journalist, and in 1981, now based in the United States, he returned to what in 1980 had become independent Zimbabwe, partly because his parents were still living there and partly because he loved the country and its people. But he now had to record that the new government of Robert Mugabe was more savage than the white government had been and was carrying out bloody suppression in Matabeleland - a sign of things to come. Godwin's reporting at that time made him persona non grata and he had to leave Zimbabwe again, though he was able to return after Mugabe had `stabilized' the country with the so-called Unity Accord in 1987.

This second volume, first published in 2006, is an account of several later visits, beginning with one in 1996. In the chapters relating to 1996, 1997 and 1998, Mugabe's dictatorship is not central to his account, though of course he is aware of it; but he is more concerned with the quite non-political aspects of his family's life. At this time Mugabe had not yet whipped up anti-white agitation. Indeed he had for years encouraged white people to stay and help the Zimbabwean economy. In fact, in the year 2000, "78% of white farmers were on property they had purchased after independence, only when that land had first been offered to -and turned down by - the government, as was required by law" (p.56).

Godwin's next visit was in 2000.
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