Friday, January 12, 2007

When A Crocodile Eats The Sun

The book ‘When a Crocodile Eats The Sun’ by Peter Godwin is a fascinating study of a man and his family in a country of complete and utter chaos, Zimbabwe. The Story follows the end of Mr. Godwin’s Fathers life, from a near fatal heart attack to his death. In parallel to his father’s gradual decent in health we see the country of Zimbabwe fall to peaces under the mad reign of an insane tyrant. As someone with no former knowledge of Zimbabwe, present of past, it made a fascinating read.

Peter Godwin is well known reporter and the author of another popular book. With this background in writing he is able to write accurately and minutely about what was happening around him. Though he lived in America for most of the story he still manages to capture the chaos and anguish of Zimbabwe and make the reader understand what the country is like. Peter Godwin’s writing is neat and clear, allowing the book to be easy to read and very entertaining.

For me personally the book gave me a greater understanding of the world, especially on current events, in a format that was gripping and exciting. I recommend ‘When A Crocodile Eats The Sun’ as a must read. For people with an interest in Zimbabwe or simply a wish to read a good book it should be at the top of the list.


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