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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan UK - Trade (May 5 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033039665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330396653
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,379,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I started reading this book at 9:00 am this morning and finished it 12 hours later, no one could pull me away from this gem! What a wonderfully written book... if one doesn't know much about Africa and the political, cultural, religious conflicts that are so much a part of my continent, then this book is for you. Make no mistake, though, this is no boring, uncaptivating book, it is extremely entertaining, yet also very informative. At times I found myself laughing out loud and re-reading passages over and over again, at other times, I felt a cold shiver creep down my spine, reminding me of the Ugandans I met when I was growing up in Africa and recounting the horrirific stories they told me. If you are to buy just one book in 2002, let it be this one. Be warned, though, when you pick it up to read, make sure it is on a day when you have nothing else scheduled to do. You will NOT be able to put it down. Moses Isegawa is a marvelous writer, I cannot wait to see what he will come up with next. This is the kind of book that deserves the Booker Prize....but then again, that's all political...isn't it?
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Format: Hardcover
There are some authors whose books I feel compelled to read: Saul Bellow, Garcia-Marquez, Isabelle Allende are examples- the writing is so immediate and beautiful. To this group I am adding Moses Isegawa. His story is fascinating- I take it that this is autobiographical. He understands life in terms of power struggles- first his Edenic existence with his grandparents, particularly his midwife grandma, whom he assisted; then his life with troubled and tyrannical parents, school bullies, an oppressive stint at Catholic boarding school, later adventures in business, avoiding trouble during the Amin years, subsequent emigration to Europe. At every turn there is someone trying to thwart him and whom he outsmarts with stealth and patience. There are a host of eccentric characters and natural disasters to be coped with. The customs of Uganda are so different from what we Americans are used to, yet the author conveys how the people are so like us in feelings and motivation. He might be called cynical, but it's just reality that he describes - and he is likeable. The writing is superb. The idiom seems American- do they really talk like us over there? How does he do that? I enjoyed this book as much as Bellows' whose midwestern Jewish background I share.
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Format: Hardcover
Isegawa's book offered me a view of life inside of Uganda that is difficult to find elsewhere. While I appreciated his insights, his cynicism paints an additionally dreary picture that needed no additional dark coloring. He frequently goes far overboard in discriptive language as though to give us a class on colorful descriptions. I was offended at his caustic evaluations of the helping agencies, throwing a blanket comdemnation of the lot as a self-serving condescending bunch (my words). One quickly picks up his feeling of despair for the country's future while he offers no light or solutions of his own based on his insight and experience. If the reader develops their own opinions as how to view or support Uganda based on Isegawa's insights, then the country of Uganda was done a disservice by this book.
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