The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

Book - 1999
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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.

Baker & Taylor
The reluctant personal physician to Idi Amin, Scottish civil servant Nicholas Garrigan, is drawn despite himself to the charismatic but brutal dictator, until a plot against Amin awakens him to the unspeakable horror and cruelty of the regime

& Taylor

A bizarre accident in Uganda finds Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan appointed personal physician to infamous Ugandan leader Idi Amin and, over the next eight years, struggling with his own complicity in the dictator's brutality and barbaric reign of terror. Reissue. (A Fox Searchlight Pictures, releasing Fall 2006, directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, & Gillian Anderson) (General Fiction)

Publisher: New York : Vintage, 1999
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780375703317
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm


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