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So real, at times I thought I was there!,
This review is from: The Last King of Scotland (Paperback)
After seeing all the hype about the film after the film awards, I bought the book to see what all the fuss was about. I'm glad I did, this is easily the best book I have read this year. I was gripped by the first chapter, but I must admit the next few chapters were a bit slow and I was waiting, albeit with trepidation, for something to happen. I can remember when Idi Amin came to power, and the horrifying regime over which he presided, so I knew there would be times when Dr Garrigan would be terrified and revolted by the actions of his employer. When it did happen, and Dr Garrigan was offered the opportunity to be Amin's personal doctor, I was almost shouting "Don't do it!" into the book.
I found the book very easy to read, and yet I was drawn into the narrative in such a way that I often felt that I was actually there sharing the experience. The depiction of Amin is so realistic and believeable, that I felt embarassed along with his audience whenever he comes out with his bizzare and fanciful claims. The part where he threatens Dr Garrigan is so frightening that I was almost gasping for breath.
Strangely, although I know that Amin was a monster and did dreadful harm to the people of Uganda, his massive personality was brought out so well that by the end of the book, I was beginning to see why Dr Garrigan actually liked him. However, I was relieved that Amin's demise was well described, so that I the reader, could escape.
This is a very good book, well worth five stars.