When a Crocodile Eats the Sun

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
When A Crocodile Eats the Sun
Author Peter Godwin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Memoirs
Publisher Picador
Publication date
2006 (UK & South Africa), 2007 (US)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 416
ISBN 0-330-43369-5
OCLC 70399364
Preceded by Mukiwa
Followed by The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is an acclaimed 2006 book of memoirs by Peter Godwin. It is a continuation of Godwin's highly successful earlier memoirs, Mukiwa. The book was published by Picador.


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.


"Tender, frustrated, unsentimental – this potent memoir holds little joy for Zimbabwe but is fiercely proud of its subjects' unyielding integrity." James Urquhart, The Independent[1]

"His book is heartfelt, absorbing and profoundly moving." Ian Critchley, The Sunday Times[2]

"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[3]

"haunting and beautifully written.. He has written a powerful and deeply affecting book about a family trying to ride the tsunami of change." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times[4]

"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


  1. ^ Urquhart, James (25 March 2007). "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin". London: The Independent. 
  2. ^ Critchley, Ian (28 October 2007). "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin". London: The Times. 
  3. ^ "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin". Daily Mail. 2007. 
  4. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (18 May 2007). "(REVIEW) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun". The New York Times.