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The Last King of Scotlandby Giles Foden
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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 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.
"This [is a] decidedly quirky yet absorbing first novel — that brings to mind the diabolical Evelyn Waugh." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Genuinely beautiful and disturbing." The Village Voice
The story, both comic and chilling, of Idi Amin's effect on the life of the Scottish civil servant, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, who — after reluctantly becoming Amin's personal physician — is all too quickly seduced by his brilliance and charm.
About the Author
Giles Foden lives in London.
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