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House of Stone: The True Story of a Family…

House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe (2006)

by Christina Lamb

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Among the gold mines of the inland plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers [there is a] . . . fortress built of stones of marvelous size, and there appears to be no mortar joining them . . . This edifice is almost surrounded by hills, upon which are others resembling it in the fashioning of stone and the absence of mortar and one of them is a tower more than 12 meters high. - Vicente Pegado, captain at the Portuguese garrison of Sofala, on seeing the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, dzimba dza mabwe, House of Stone, 1531
I have one great fear in my heart - that one day when they are turned to loving they will find we are turned to hating. - Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)
To my parents who taught me there are always at least two sides to a story
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Describes the lives of two very different Zimbabweans--Nigel Hough, a wealthy white farmer, and Aqui, his poor black nanny--from the 1970s to 2002, focusing how both were affected by Zimbabwe's brutal civil war and its aftermath.

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