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Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm

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andlt;bandgt;This is a story about a paradise lost. . . . About an African dream that began with a murder . . .andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In 1978, in the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhodesian civil war, eleven-year-old Lauren St John moves with her family to Rainbow's 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 Lauren's family settles there, a chain of events is set in motion that will change her life irrevocably. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Rainbow's Endandlt;/iandgt; captures the overwhelming beauty and extraordinary danger of life in the African bush. Lauren's childhood reads like a girl's 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; After Independence, Lauren comes to the bitter realization that she'd 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 Africa's 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.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Lauren St Johnandlt;/bandgt; was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe, in December 1966. After studying journalism in Africa, she moved to London, where she was for many years golf correspondent to andlt;Iandgt;The Sunday Timesandlt;/iandgt;. She is the author of several books on sports, the biography andlt;Iandgt;Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earleandlt;/iandgt;, and one children's novel, andlt;Iandgt;The White Giraffeandlt;/iandgt;.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Giant Estate, Gadzema, 1975-1978

Rainbow's End, 1978-1980

Independence, 1980-1983

Glossary

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743286800
Author:
St John, Lauren
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Lauren St John
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Programming Languages - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b-w photos t-o
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.01 oz

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