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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
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Apr 17, 11

bookshelves: passport, nonfiction, biography-memoir, bookish-2011-winter, rws-2011-spring, 2011-read
Read from April 06 to 17, 2011

A powerful memoir of the author's experience as an expatriate white Zimbabwean who is frequently returning to the country to care for his aging parents (and to attend his father's funeral). I'm reading this author's memoirs out of order. His first book is Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa, which I also plan to read, but was interested in reading about the more current situation in Zimbabwe first.

The author tells the story of the white Zimbabweans as the country slides into decline and as land is redistributed, usually by force and in irrational ways. The author makes clear that the problems are complicated and the legacy of colonialism is a problem for everyone.

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