Soldier Blue by Paul Williams
A brilliant, captivating and deeply moving coming-of-age memoir set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970’s. Paul Williams’s writing sparkles with wit, irony and pathos as he explores the appalling truths of the battlefield, and the fragile world of romantic love.
“A vivid story of coming of age in a country falling apart, told with wry, dry, self-deprecating honesty.”
Ursula K. le Guin
“Best Reads of 2008: The past few years have seen a slew of books about the Rhodesian Bush War and – following on from that – Zimbabwe’s sad decline from the great hope of a post-independent Africato a bankrupt, pariah state shunned by the Western world. Author Paul Williams’s coming-of-age memoir, Soldier Blue, must rank among the best of these – a lucid, insightful and unflinchingly honest account of what it was like growing up during the last days of white rule.”
Anthony Stidolph: Weekend Witness (KZN, South Africa, Nov. 2008)
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