- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (May 26 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805079653
- ISBN-13: 978-0805079654
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #842,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda Hardcover – May 26 2009
—Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland
—Peter Beinart, author of The Good Fight
—Matthew Green, author of The Wizard of the Nile
—Robert Guest, former Africa editor of The Economist and author of The Shackled Continent
About the Author
Andrew Rice has written about Africa for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and The Economist, among other publications. His article "The Book of Wilson," published in The Paris Review, received a Pushcart Prize. He spent several years in Uganda as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and currently lives in Brooklyn.
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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.