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Publisher Comments:

Thrilling, heartbreaking, and, at times, absurdly funny, The Last Resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Douglas Rogers is the son of white farmers living through that countrys long and tense transition from postcolonial rule. He escaped the dull future mapped out for him by his parents for one of adventure and excitement in Europe and the United States. But when Zimbabwes president Robert Mugabe launched his violent program to reclaim white-owned land and Rogerss parents were caught in the cross fire, everything changed. Lyn and Ros, the owners of Drifters-a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains that was one of the most popular budget resorts in the country-found their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads with them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay.

On returning to the country of his birth, Rogers finds his once orderly and progressive home transformed into something resembling a Marx Brothers romp crossed with Heart of Darkness: pot has supplanted maize in the fields; hookers have replaced college kids as guests; and soldiers, spies, and teenage diamond dealers guzzle beer at the bar.

And yet, in spite of it all, Rogerss parents-with the help of friends, farmworkers, lodge guests, and residents-among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers-continue to hold on. But can they survive to the end?

In the midst of a nation stuck between its stubborn past and an impatient future, Rogers soon begins to see his parents in a new light: unbowed, with passions and purpose renewed, even heroic. And, in the process, he learns that the "big story" he had relentlessly pursued his entire adult life as a roving journalist and travel writer was actually happening in his own backyard.

Evoking elements of The Tender Bar and Absurdistan, The Last Resort is an inspiring, coming-of-age tale about home, love, hope, responsibility, and redemption. An edgy, roller-coaster adventure, it is also a deeply moving story about how to survive a corrupt Third World dictatorship with a little innovation, humor, bribery, and brothel management.

Review:

"Born in Zimbabwe, New York-based travel writer Rogers moves between two worlds with wit and grace while telling the dire-straits story of his childhood in Zimbabwe and his recent return. Zimbabwe's extremes of beauty and corruption will lure readers into the everyday struggle to preserve property and life against punishing weather, astronomical inflation, and the threat of other people. Angst, humor, beauty and terror mingle freely in his narrative: returning home he finds the family's backpacker lodge has become a brothel, and estates of 'irises and tulips and acres of pruned white roses' have disappeared. He marvels at the 'untamed roots of blazing flamboyant trees... buckling the city's pavement,' the metamorphosis of the hardscrabble poor into diamond dealers, and his own parents: 'instead of being crushed by this struggle, beaten down, they had been buoyed by it.' This rousing memoir should win over anyone with a taste for exotic can't-go-home-again stories." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Award-winning journalist Rogers tells the eye-opening and at times surprisingly funny story of his family and their game farm in war-torn Zimbabwe. b&w photo insert.

About the Author

DOUGLAS ROGERS is an award-winning journalist and travel writer. He was born and raised in Zimbabwe and now lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307407979
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Zimbabwe
Publisher:
Crown
Author:
Rogers, Douglas
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Zimbabwe Description and travel.
Subject:
Zimbabwe Social conditions 1980-
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20090922
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.44x6.54x1.11 in. 1.18 lbs.

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History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Born in Zimbabwe, New York-based travel writer Rogers moves between two worlds with wit and grace while telling the dire-straits story of his childhood in Zimbabwe and his recent return. Zimbabwe's extremes of beauty and corruption will lure readers into the everyday struggle to preserve property and life against punishing weather, astronomical inflation, and the threat of other people. Angst, humor, beauty and terror mingle freely in his narrative: returning home he finds the family's backpacker lodge has become a brothel, and estates of 'irises and tulips and acres of pruned white roses' have disappeared. He marvels at the 'untamed roots of blazing flamboyant trees... buckling the city's pavement,' the metamorphosis of the hardscrabble poor into diamond dealers, and his own parents: 'instead of being crushed by this struggle, beaten down, they had been buoyed by it.' This rousing memoir should win over anyone with a taste for exotic can't-go-home-again stories." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning journalist Rogers tells the eye-opening and at times surprisingly funny story of his family and their game farm in war-torn Zimbabwe. b&w photo insert.
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