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The Last King of Scotland Paperback – October 26, 1999
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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.
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Of course this isn't pure Conrad, rather it's cut with a bit of William Boyd, another Englishman writer who's written compelling fiction about modern Africa and the legacy of colonial rule. For the horror here isn't that Garrigan begins to understand Amin (after all who could really hope to understand a man of Amin's awesome eccentricity), but begins to like him in an odd way. And it's not that the doctor is a weak character, he's actually remarkably average, and thus very much like ourselves. The reader is unable to to find solace in making easy smug judgments about Garrigan's gradual moral slide as he sucked more and more into Amin's confidence and makes small compromises with himself. Amin is a great character in his own right, lurching from buffoonery to gluttony to sly cunning to sheer incomprehensibility at the drop of a hat. Of course Fodden had a lot to work with, as many of Amin's deeds and speeches are classic examples of truth really being stranger than fiction.Read more ›
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Some extraordinary prose accompanies the gripping events fictionalized by Mr. Foden.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
There were some great parts of this book that kept me engrossed and then there were dry pointless parts that bored me and made the book seem to last forever. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H.
For. A first time author it was great. I'm looking forward to his next book. He will only get bet better.Am in ways a turkey evil mana the author handled him well.Published 9 months ago by Dave Peterson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I learned so much about Africa and the incredible mind of Idi Amin. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 11 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 15 months ago by Richard I. Pigott