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From Nicholas Garrigan's catbird seat, Foden guides us through the horrors of Amin's Uganda. It would be simple enough to make the dictator merely monstrous, but Foden defies expectation, rendering him appealing even as he terrifies. The doctor "couldn't help feeling awed by the sheer size of him and the way, even in those unelevated circumstances, he radiated a barely restrained energy.... I felt--far from being the healer--that some kind of elemental force was seeping into me." And Garrigan makes a fine stand-in for Conrad's Marlow as he travels up a river of blood from naiveté to horrified recognition of his own complicity. As if this weren't enough, Foden also treats us to a finely drawn portrait of Africa in all its natural, political, and social complexity. The Last King of Scotland makes for dark but compelling reading. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
She couldn't put it down and went right past her stop while reading on the bus.
In addition to the first part of the book dragging, there were other sections of the book that were too wordy and tangential to the main story.
I have no particular interest in African history, and this book was fascinating, funny, extremely well written and believable.
An excellent narrative fiction. Provides interesting insights into Idi Amin's regime. A provocative look at the power of charisma and how one can be trapped by their own decisions... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Duncan
I watched this once while enroute om Virgin Atlantic back to England. Scary & I think very representative of the man!Published 5 months ago by Richard I. Pigott
Unbelievable, everyone should read this book, Giles Foden has written a powerful story about this brutal, brutal, man.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a female reader who doesn't 'do' war/ politics/ espionage, I wasn't sure I'd like this, but I really enjoyed it, especially the earlier part which others have criticized as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by sally tarbox
The Last King of Scotland is a fictional novel about Uganda and the rise and fall of Idi Amin as told through the eyes of the protagonist, Dr. Nicholas Garrison. Dr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janet E. Hecht
This book should never have been sold, it smelled like mold and it was unbearable to read, I had to throw it away. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jane