Tina Jordan
April 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Godwin
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

When Peter Godwin, a journalist in New York, flies home to Zimbabwe to check on his frail parents, he documents their descent as well as that of his country under Robert Mugabe’s corrupt regime. In the midst of the economic and social turmoil, Godwin learns that his dad — struggling with diabetes and heart problems — was really Kazimierz Jerzy Goldfarb, a Warsaw Jew whose family died in Treblinka. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, a moving, often raw portrait of modern Africa, juxtaposed against a very personal story, deserves a place on the shelf beside Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart and Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. A

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