Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

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Grove Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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Mukiwa opens with Peter Godwin, six years old, describing the murder of his neighbor by African guerillas in 1964, pre-war Rhodesia. Godwin's parents are liberal whites, his mother a government-employed doctor, his father an engineer. Through his innocent, young eyes, the story of the beginning of the end of white rule in Africa unfolds. The memoir follows Godwin's personal journey from the eve of war in Rhodesia to his experience fighting in the civil war that he detests to his adventures as a journalist in the new state of Zimbabwe, covering the bloody return to black rule. With each transition Godwin's voice develops, from that of a boy to a young man to an adult returning to his homeland. This poignant compelling memoir describes the savage struggle between blacks and whites as the British Colonial period comes to an end, set against the vividly painted background of the mysterious world of southern Africa.

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Peter Godwin is an amazing writer. - Goodreads
And then, on advice, he fled. - Goodreads
Very well written, easy to read - Goodreads
Excellent writing style, interesting topic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

No discussion of the elephant in the room - the soul-tearing shame of feeling such nostalgia for a time, place and society that was so wrong and so horrific to so many people - means that though this book is still a worthwhile read, it is not a notable addition to African literature Read full review

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User Review  - Margo Tanenbaum - Goodreads

Peter Godwin, born and raised in what was then Rhodesia, tells the story of his boyhood and journey into manhood, which coincided with the civil war that resulted in black Africans taking power from ... Read full review

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Peter Godwin is an award winning author and journalist. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he studied law and international relations at Cambridge and Oxford. He worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Eastern Europe for The Sunday Times of London. He was founding presenter and writer of Assignment/Correspondent, BBC TV's premier foreign affairs program. He now lives in Manhattan and contributes regularly to National Geographic, New York Times magazine, and BBC Radio, among others.

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