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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren St. John Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Celebrated journalist Lauren St. John bears witness to a remarkable story (Publishers Weekly) in this striking memoir of her African childhood. In the 1970s St. John lived on a Rhodesian farm that should have been paradise. But the specter of war hung over the land, filling every day with peril and uncertainty. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/30/2014

    " I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars. This book is the story of Lauren St. John's childhood growing up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) as part of the white "colonialist-type" farming community that existing prior to black majority rule. She does a beautiful job explaining what it was like growing up as part of this community, the culture of the community (the good and the bad), how it was to live on the land and her attachment to the land, etc. She does a particularly good job explaining the "culture of war" in her community, and how it shaped her identity and the identity of the white community in Rhodesia, and how that identity falls apart once white rule is dismantled in Zimbabwe. I enjoyed reading about Lauren's childhood, experiencing what it was like to live on Rainbow's End, as well as having an "in" into what the white community thought back in the 1970s and 1980s. And it was interesting to read about her thoughts and experiences as everything changed when the Independence movement won and black majority rule began. What I didn't particularly enjoy were what I felt were gaps in the book --areas where I wanted more: research into what was happening from the African side in the 1970s and 1980s to serve as background to her story for the reader; more detail regarding *why* she becomes SO disillusioned with her father late in the story (she hints at it, but gives very little detail); information about what happens to her family (where do her sister and mother end up, and does her father remain in Zimbabwe forever); and information about what happens to Lauren after the book ends (since she so often mentions her dreams for what she wants to be when she's an adult). I liked the book, especially the first half of the book focusing on Lauren's childhood. But I feel that the last third of the book was more rushed and left various issues hanging without resolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cindy | 12/31/2013

    " It was interesting enough that I got through it. The visuals it conjures up are very nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julisa | 12/28/2013

    " A very sad book. Her Africa was a very different place than mine, but even so, there were enough similarities to make me feel a twinge of homesickness here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 12/20/2013

    " In my "African" reading period. "

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