House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe
chapters between the point of view of a black woman working as a maid and nanny on a white-owned farm and her boss, a white man who grew up in Zimbabwe and whose farm was taken over by some of the young thugs who have flourished under Mugabe’s rule in the last 15 years. Though I felt Lamb was too kind in her assessment of white rule during the 100+ years that Rhodesians clung to power, she managed to bring out the excesses of the liberation soldiers during the war ...more
Picked up because I am in a neighbouring country, although it had been on my to read list for a good while. I didn’t really know what had been happening in Zimbabwe recently and had been somewhat confused by the reporting, as Mugabe had seemed to move from a darling to a beast. Absolutely shocked to read what has been going on in recent years (my only excuse for not knowing is that I have been in Asia for most of this)
For anyone who wants to know what really happened in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) then you need to read this book. I now totally understand how the farms were taken over, the reasons behind it and how it went from one of the richest places on the globe there dollar worth more than the pound ...more
I did find though that this book was difficult to follow and felt that there was probably a lot of the story I missed because I was losing track.
I also sometimes found that sometimes the story went too much into the details of the politics when what I was really looking for was a story of someone's life during this time.
I still recommend reading it because it is very inte ...more
Zimbabwe was a beautiful country and its people some of the most cheerful and friendly I ever met. It is extremely saddening to me to read what has become of it now.
Two principal characters in the book are Nigel, a white man born into privilege with attendance at private schools, his own airplane, extensive travel, and such and Aqui a black woman born into poverty wh ...more
In any case, I learned a lot. It’s the first book of its kind that I’ve read with a non-white viewpoint.
The author, Christina Lamb, is a foreign affairs correspondent for the British Sunday Times. She has been reporting on the situation in Zimbabwe since 199 ...more
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is riveting and nearly impossible to put down. I would highly recommend it.
House of Stone is written by Christina Lamb, an English journalist. In the opening passages I wasn't too sure if I trusted this author yet as I thought she was exaggerating (this is the scene where she describes a city's main market as reduced to rubble). I then turned the page to see a photograph depicting the rubble and it was there that my hesitation and disbelief...more
This book is impressively written with excerpts from the two main characters carefully interwoven into the background text. I found this story far more fascinating, though perhaps le ...more
Mugabe looms large in this book, first of all as a kind of saviour, then as a monster ...more
A tale of two citizens – at opposite poles of Rhodesian/Zimbabwe society over the last 40 years, living alongside but always on opposite sides, eventually clashing in the farm invasions, expulsions and land redistribution at the turn of the century.
Christina Lamb manages to get under the skin of both to describe their delights, and lay bare their excesses, corruption and violent abuse. But after all, it is a tale of hope and reconciliation, not without hope of national reconciliation some day.
On a side note, I still can't believe Mugabe has remained in power for so long and is somehow mocking Trump at the UNGA-2017 calling him the "new Goliath"! WTF!! Brazenness at its worst! The world is def running backwards!
A very easy read and a great way to study history, as a story about real people.
It's a sad and unsettling story but something we should all know about.
Bravo Christina for having the courage to investigate and for informing us.
She has won numerous other awards starting with You ...more