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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.
The novel is written in an intelligent yet easy to understand way, and provides bundles of fascinating information.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Jane
Maybe the book deserves 4 stars as it is very well written and draws you into the story - but the tone of the book seems to be somewhat more intent on sharing why the main... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pangloss
Ok but not that good, he wrights in a boring and old way,..
It's a very cool story, thank you..
Certainly was much better then the movie. Really explained the entire history.
Definitely will reccommend it tp friends. Great book
I read this after seeing the movie, to "find out what really happened." Fat chance. The novel was a much more extended story, whose dragged out tale of the hero's escape... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. W. Austin
The book was a very good read. My only disappointment was I thought it was a nonfiction work. But, in spite of that fact it didn't take me long to read this fine book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rodney Hurt