Peter Godwin continues his family’s history and Zimbabwe’s history in this tragic book. This time he describes the country in another transition, that of apparent normality (1996) to complete chaos (2004). Whereas in Mukiwa there was a feeling of hope, in this book it is just sadness and destruction. I sometimes had to force myself to continue reading and could not hold back the tears. It is not that I did not know what was going on in Zimbabwe, although I left in 2000, it is the feeling of helplessness, futility and powerlessness.
It is beautifully written and I would strongly recommend it to those who are interested in 20th century history, Africa or simply non-fiction.