When a Crocodile Eats the Sun
|2006 (UK & South Africa), 2007 (US)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Followed by||The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe|
Godwin, a White Zimbabwean follows the escalating political change in his home country as bloody land invasions and corruption engulf the country. He visits besieged white farmers and the families of those murdered. The book concentrates on conflicts between the MDC and Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF and on family dynamics. His family's connections to the situation in Zimbabwe are thoroughly explored. In particular with the revelation that his father was a Polish Jew fleeing the Warsaw ghetto.
"Heartbreaking ...Godwin plainly loves Africa, and he captures the baffling wayward contradictions of its people, their cruelties and unexpected kindnesses, their nobility of spirit in the face of appalling conditions, with humour and grace" Daily Mail
"Peter Godwin, an acclaimed Zimbabwean journalist now living in Manhattan, masterfully weaves the political and the highly personal. An eyewitness account of that cataclysmic time, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is also a tribute to Godwin's aging parents and a searing exploration of the author's own soul." Wendy Kann, The Washington Post
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- Critchley, Ian (28 October 2007). "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin". London: The Times.
- "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin". Daily Mail. 2007.
- Kakutani, Michiko (18 May 2007). "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun". The New York Times.