When A Crocodile Eats the Sun

When A Crocodile Eats the Sun

A Memoir of Africa

Book - 2007
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After his father's heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downwards into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years. Then Godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world. WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316158947
Branch Call Number: ANF 968.91051 GOD
Characteristics: 344 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

This is both a personal and a political story of life in Zimbabwe from the 1950s through to the present day. When Godwin, a New York journalist, goes to Zimbabwe to visit his parents, he learns about his family’s history, including a secret that changes his perspective on life. A fascinating read about people living in a turbulent time.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Peter Godwin’s memoir describes dark times and dark aspects of human behaviour spanning two continents and half a century. It is a portrayal of a son’s effort to rescue his family, and a family’s struggle to belong in a hostile land.

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