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Rainbows End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Rainbows End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm Lauren St John 0743286804 9780743286800 This is a story about a paradise lost. . . . About an African dream that began with a murder . . .In 1978, in the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhode
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Rainbows End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm by Lauren St John

This is a story about a paradise lost. . . . About an African dream that began with a murder . . .In 1978, in the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhodesian civil war, eleven-year-old Lauren St John moves with her family to Rainbows End, a wild, beautiful farm and game reserve set on the banks of a slowflowing river. The house has been the scene of a horrific attack by guerrillas, and when Laurens family settles there, a chain of events is set in motion that will change her life irrevocably.Rainbows Endcaptures the overwhelming beauty and extraordinary danger of life in the African bush. Laurens childhood reads like a girls own adventure story. At the height of the war, Lauren rides through the wilderness on her horse, Morning Star, encountering lions, crocodiles, snakes, vicious ostriches, and mad cows. Many of the animals are pets, including Miss Piggy and Bacon and an elegant giraffe named Jenny. The constant threat of ruthless guerrillas prowling the land underscores everything, making each day more dangerous, vivid, and prized than the last.After Independence, Lauren comes to the bitter realization that shed been on the wrong side of the civil war. While she and her family believed that they were fighting for democracy over Communism, others saw the war as black against white. And when Robert Mugabe comes into power, he oversees the torture and persecution of thousands of members of an opposing tribe and goes on to become one of Africas legendary dictators. The ending of this beautiful memoir is a fist to the stomach as Lauren realizes that she can be British or American, but she cannot be African. She can love it -- be willing to die for it -- but she cannot claim Africa because she is white.

Author: Lauren St John

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2008-07-08

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