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 governement 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 tale of the savage struggle between blacks and whites as the British Colonial period comes to an end is set against the vividly painted background of the myserious world of South Africa....
|Title||:||Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa|
|Publisher||:||Grove Press November 30, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||574 KB|
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Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa Reviews
'Mukiwa' opens with a six year old boy describing what he sees of a local murder. So begins this enthralling memoir. This saga of a youth growing up in troubled Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at that time), is divided into three parts.
In some respects this might be a white boy's account of growing up in Zimbabwe, sort of a counter part to Alexandra Fuller's "Don't Lets go to the Dogs Tonight, " a girl's account of life there. In fact they were raised in the same far east part of the country, but the Godwins were there ten years before. There is not the crazy, yet sympathetic antics of a mother that has had a breakdown, and Peter's father, unlike Mr. Fuller, had too much good sense to develop into an exciting character. That leaves it up to Peter Goodwin himself. And he certainly does the job. His own explorations and encounters with the curious Shona, curious other Africans, and curious whites are presented matter of fact, with lots of gritty detail.
Mukiwa is a one-of-a-kind and very special book. The author's descriptive abilities are exceptional. Having lived in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe for 13 years (1966 to 1980) and having first-hand knowledge of Godwin's material, I was totally enthralled with his narrative and the truthfulness of his account. I cannot recommend this book more highly. I wish there was a 10-star measure. It nudges Ruark's Something of Value and Wilbur Smith's When the Lion Feeds from the top of my list of all-time favorite books about Africa and the African Experience.
Mukiwa brought back many memories of Rhodesia, as Peter and I have had a very similar background, except that I am some years older than he. I too was an Umfana umLungu (Mukiwa) a white boy and like Peter I too spent most of my life in boarding school in both Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), back in the days of the Central African Federation (CAF), and then Southern Rhodesia (Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe). Peter's book rekindled many fond memories and some not so fond memories as things changed and we became embroiled in armed struggles. A must read for anybody who has lived in Southern Africa of all persuasions and been through the ‘Wind of Change’, as one is carried away down memory lane covering people, places and events…
Zimbabwe can boast being the homeplace of wonderful people, both black and white. It is also doomed to be the residence of a monster named Mugagbe. Oh, the trajedy that no middle ground was met and tens of thousands have died and millions have little hope.