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The Last King of Scotland - Giles Foden
The Last King of Scotland
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Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, careening down a dirt road in his red Maserati, has run over a cow. When Garrigan tends to Amin, the dictator, in his obsession for all things Scottish, appoints him as... show more
Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, careening down a dirt road in his red Maserati, has run over a cow. When Garrigan tends to Amin, the dictator, in his obsession for all things Scottish, appoints him as his personal physician. And so begins a fateful dalliance with the central African leader whose Emperor Jones-style autocracy would transform into a reign of terror.In The Last King of Scotland Foden's Amin is as ridiculous as he is abhorrent: a grown man who must be burped like an infant, a self-proclaimed cannibalist who, at the end of his 8 years in power, would be responsible for 300,000 deaths. And as Garrigan awakens to his patient's baroque barbarism--and his own complicity in it--we enter a venturesome meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart. Brilliantly written, comic and profound, The Last King of Scotland announces a major new talent.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375703317 (0375703314)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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cliveowens
cliveowens rated it
5.0 The Last King of Scotland
The book is author's debut and what a bang on!!! The book is a compilation of qualities: it's amazing, cruel, funny and brilliant- all of that in one place! When I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. The book itself blends the facts and fiction but still it is more fiction-like so do not...
thebookcoop
thebookcoop rated it
The movie was better, I felt - although that was most likely down to Forest Whittiker's performance as the odious Idi Amin.The book was enjoyable and perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more had read it first. As it was, I was hoping for more of an incite to Amin - but the story revolved more around Garriga...
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