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Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller
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Jun 18, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

Africa is mostly a mystery to me though I have recently read a number of books about different times and places in Africa. In this memoir, the author travels with a white African fighter from the Rhodesian war for independence which is not nearly as concise as it sounds. The various fighting groups from Rhodesia, Zambia, Mozambique, and eventually Zimbabwe were interwoven and overlapped so that killing became a lifestyle of competing guerilla groups. I can't help but think that while I was living my life peaceably in the US in the '60s and '70s, families, communities, villages, and whole countries were being systematically destroyed in Africa by tryannical leaders and competing ideologies. Scribbling the Cat, written at a time of peace in these current countries, captures some of the horror of past times and reflects the sustained effect those years have had on present circumstances.
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