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African Lives: White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip, and Rumblings…

by Denis Boyles

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African Lives was a terrific offbeat find. . Part expose, part apologia, part gossipy fun read, this book rehabilitates Gordon of Khartoum, gives Isak Dinisen one in the eye (there are two photos of her late in life...she looks like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard,) and reveals a great deal about how African politics works, or doesn't. A most intriguing and amusing read, this book ends with two very disturbing, almost surreal, interviews with Ian Smith. They give the book a very dark finish. Most highly recommended. It furnishes a very good picture of the spiraling relationships between Africa the land, the African people, and the white folks who went there. ( )
  bohemima | Apr 8, 2009 |
A provocative portrait of the "White Tribe" in Africa from Rhodes and Gordon to present day figures such as Ian Smith, former prime minister of Rhodesia, and George Papps, a self-made millionaire pilot. Off-beat and entertaining. ( )
  StaffPicks | Nov 12, 2008 |
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