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Book Title: House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe|
The author of the book: Christina Lamb
ISBN 13: 9780007219391
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Reader ratings: 4.1
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: February 1st 2007
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I liked the way Lamb alternates
chapters between the point of view of a black woman working as a maid and nanny on a white-owned farm and her boss, a white man who grew up in Zimbabwe and whose farm was taken over by some of the young thugs who have flourished under Mugabe’s rule in the last 15 years. Though I felt Lamb was too kind in her assessment of white rule during the 100+ years that Rhodesians clung to power, she managed to bring out the excesses of the liberation soldiers during the war and demonstrate Mugabe’s decline into dictatorship (which did not come out of nowhere, as many people seem to think). I wrote a master’s thesis in African history on Zimbabwe’s liberation war, on the propaganda of both sides, and argued vociferously that it was easy to see the seeds of Mugabe’s later obsessions and madness as early as 1983, if one cared to look. (Most of the world didn’t care to look. They weren’t concerned about the tens of thousands of blacks who were murdered in the early 80s and whose bodies were dumped into pits outside of Bulawayo…but they sure have paid attention to the less than 25 white farmers who were murdered in the last ten years….The truth is, the western world doesn’t care when blacks are killing blacks. We just care when blacks kill whites. I hate to sound so cynical but history bears this out time and time again.) I thought the story could have been more successful if she’d paid more attention to narrative structure, but I did like how she weaved so much of Zimbabwe’s history into this thoroughly modern story.
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Read information about the authorChristina Lamb OBE is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents. She has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times in the British Press Awards and What the Papers Say Awards and in 2007 was winner of the Prix Bayeux Calvados - one of the world's most prestigious prizes for war correspondents, for her reporting from Afghanistan.
She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988; was part of the News Reporter of the year for BCCI; and won the Foreign Press Association award for reporting on Zimbabwean teachers forced into prostitution, and Amnesty International award for the plight of street children in Rio.
She was named by Grazia magazine as one of their Icons of the Decade and by She magazine as one of BritainÕs Most Inspirational Women. The ASHA foundation chose her as one of their inspirational women worldwide www.asha-foundation.org with her portrait featuring in a special exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery. Her portrait has also been in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was awarded the OBE in the 2013