|A passionately written memoir about Zimbabwe|
Godwin is an author, journalist and former lawyer. In this book he talks about this period when farms were being forcibly taken and documents his family's friends fates, many of them meeting horrific and depressing ends.
Meanwhile inflation jumped exponentially to the point where people had to carry around bricks of cash just for a loaf of bread.
|Author and journalist Peter Godwin|
Godwin also describes his childhood and how he was totally integrated into the culture of Africa, how he grew up learning voodoo chants and the Shona language, the friends he had and of course the natural environment that he so passionately describes.
The title of the book, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, is an African way to explain how eclipses of the sun happen, but also foreshadows other bad things, particularly the forced land redistribution. The memoir was such a powerful read that it was so difficult to put down, the images so vivid, dialogue witty and events thoroughly researched.
I now have a greater appreciation for what my colleague and his family experienced, what upheaval Zimbabwe had gone through and hope that somehow the country will eventually awaken from the madness...