|The Last King of Scotland
You can pre-order for delivery on 02 November 2011 in Kindle format.
Even if you have seen the movie, read this mesmerizing novel. It is the best debut novel of 1998 in my openion. You won’t be dissapointed. It not only illuminates a disgusting era of our age but also informs about the unique reality of Africa.
It is only a pity that Foden could not repeat this master level of writing in his next novels.
“This decidedly quirky yet absorbing first novel–that brings to mind the diabolical Evelyn Waugh.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review
Later, Garrigan will reflect that had he known what awaited him, had he foreseen the terrifying concatenation of events this decision would set in motion, he would have boarded the first plane back to Scotland. He will wonder why it never occurred to him to simply say no. But–flattered, disarmed, and intrigued, if uneasily, by the pros-pect of entering Amin’s inner circle–he steps into the role of caring for the man who will turn out to be one of the most brutal dictators of all time.
So begins Nick Garrigan’s journey into a Con-radian heart of darkness, as his own moral center
battles weakly against, and then succumbs to, the dark and irresistible seductions of Idi Amin Dada, whose cruelty and cunning are masked by brilliant rhetoric, hilarious wit, and electrifying personal magnetism. When at last Nick awakens to the horrors of Amin’s regime, he must awaken also to his own complicity in it–he cared for Amin, as a doctor and as a friend–and to the knowledge that he is both a traitor to his own country and a prisoner in his new one. By turns comic and chilling, Giles Foden’s The Last King of Scotland is a masterful debut from a remarkable talent–a riveting history of “blood, misery and foolishness” that lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned, and a profound meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart.