Peter Godwin grew up in Rhodesia during the end of white rule. While his Rhodesians Never Die is a historical account of that time, Mukiwa is a more personal narrative--a testament to Africa and a memoir as seen through the eyes of a child becoming a young man amidst civil war. Spanning 1964-1982, from when Godwin was a boy of six in Rhodesia to when he returned to Zimbabwe as a journalist covering the bloody transition back to black rule, Godwin personalizes a difficult era in South African history with clarity, intelligence, humor, empathy, and sharp prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With humor, portent and melancholy, Godwin (Rhodesians Never Die) recreates his 1960s youth in white Rhodesia. The son of relatively liberal whites, Godwin, through family servants, gained a sense of black African culture, language and religion. His mother, a doctor, helped African women with contraception; Godwin, in one of his wistful flash-forwards, observes that after the country became Zimbabwe, the government saw family planning as racist-but women in this still patriarchal society mutinied. He describes his strange private school-"racial enlightenment within a system of extreme conservatism"-and how he learned, in a job at his father's mine, that he fit in neither with racially unquestioning whites nor with restive blacks. As a policeman sworn to defend his renegade homeland against black guerrillas seeking independence, Godwin found himself pained by guerrilla cruelties to civilians, but shamed by his own role in arresting local leaders. Godwin soon concluded that a black victory was inevitable, and escaped the deepening war for studies in England, trailed by bad dreams. When he returned three years later as a lawyer and journalist, he experienced some peace-a black soldier he met absolved him offhandedly. However, his efforts to uncover the new government's human rights abuses led him to be declared an enemy of the state.
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This was an interesting story about the former Rhodesia, a boy growing up, the war, the changes..It is well written and I would recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by gloria bruce
I have read alot about Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe and this is one excellent author and excellent book. He writes well giving the reader a feel for what life was like in that period and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael S.
Mukiwa brought back many memories of Rhodesia, as Peter and I have had a very similar background, except that I am some years older than he. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gordon Bold
Anyone growing up in that part of the world will definitely relate to this book.Published 4 months ago by unclevino
Well written, interesting. A great mix of history and personal story. A balanced account.Published 4 months ago by Liondog
Wow! This is a history of one of the many African nations which were built and developed into prosperous 20th century existence by European immigrants, settlers, sacrificing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jhmccall
Here is writing about Africa that is worth the effort. Such a complex and disturbing world and seen from the point of view of a young white boy makes it the more gripping.Published 5 months ago by psr