- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805079653
- ISBN-13: 978-0805079654
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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Pushcart Prize–winning journalist Rice captures the horrors of Idi Amin's eight-year reign of terror over Uganda. At the core of the book is an unsolved disappearance: Eliphaz Laki, a local leader with ties to the anti-Amin opposition, vanished in the early days of the Amin regime. When his son, Duncan, uncovered a clue to his father's disappearance 30 years later, the investigation eventually implicated Amin's second-in-command, Maj. Gen. Yusuf Gowon. With Amin living out his years safely in Saudi Arabia, the trial of Gowon forced Uganda to confront its brutal past. Treating the Lakis' story as a microcosm of Uganda's own, the author weaves together the family's search for truth and justice with Uganda's history. From its intimate portrait of Eliphaz's grieving family to the wide-angle perspectives of the tumultuous postindependence years as Ugandans struggled to knit together a nation from the ethnically, linguistically and religiously diverse peoples within their colonial borders, the book recasts a familiar history in an entirely new light. Photos. (July)
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The book tells the story of Duncan Laki, who is on a mission to determine what happened to his father. Laki's father disappeared during the regimen of Idi Amin. I was somewhat surprised when less than a third of the way through the book we seem to have discovered Laki's fate. However, as the book progresses I see that the point is not who pulled the trigger. Instead the author takes us back to Ugandan's history. And I mean WAY back. To the formation of the Great Rift Valley. He tells the story of the first white explorers who traveled to Ugandan in search of soldiers. He tells the story of how colonialism shaped the country and and turned the once fluid tribal boundaries into sources of discrimination. He tells the story of how the politics of the day allowed a man like Idi Amin to come to power. The author tells the history of Uganda in an interesting and purposeful way that makes it clear that the fate of Laki's father was not determined by the hands of an executioner or whim of a terrible dictator, but that the events that determined his fate were really set into motion far far back in Uganda's history.
This is a well-researched book about Uganda's history told with the pace and excitement of a murder mystery novel. A great choice for anyone interested in African history but without the dry tone of a history novel.
It runs slow at times but it's very much worth a read especially if you have an interest in East Africa/Uganda.