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The Last King of Scotland 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 TerrorIn 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 Years In Power, Would Be Responsible For , 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 The Last King of Scotland is a fictional novel about Uganda and the rise and fall of Idi Amin as told through the eyes of the protagonist, Dr Nicholas Garrison Dr Garrison comes from Scotland to Uganda to serve as a doctor in a medical clinic Through happenstance, he works on Idi Amin after Amin was in a car accident Idi Amin decided to have Dr Garrison become his personal physician During that time, Dr Garrison also became a confidant of Amin s.I was looking forward to reading this book The Last King of Scotland is a fictional novel about Uganda and the rise and fall of Idi Amin as told through the eyes of the protagonist, Dr Nicholas Garrison Dr Garrison comes from Scotland to Uganda to serve as a doctor in a medical clinic Through happenstance, he works on Idi Amin after Amin was in a car accident Idi Amin decided to have Dr Garrison become his personal physician During that time, Dr Garrison also became a confidant of Amin s.I was looking forward to reading this book and learningabout Ugandan culture and on the reign of Idi Amin I did finish the book feeling a connection to a place, such as any good historical novel will do I did not, however, feel any connection to the protagonist I found Doctor Garrison to be a person lacking in depth and easily swayed by those around him, which may have been the author s intention.The first third of the book dealt with the Doctor s arrival in Uganda and his living and working in Uganda prior to his first encounter with Idi Amin I really enjoyed this section It gave me an appreciation of how challenging life was at that time in Uganda, and it described the culture and the people very well However, this section began to drag and it was past time to move on to the next section of the book.The last two thirds focused on Dr Garrison s work as Idi Amin s personal physician and on Amin s dictatorial and brutal reign of Uganda, and subsequent fall from power I was in my early teens during Amin s reign and knew of his atrocities, but reading about them was very difficult in some places a sign of good writing I felt the author did an excellent job of creating a portrait of Idi Amin as a man, a military leader, and a dictator The description of Amin made it very clear that he suffered from delusions of grandeur and was in most likelihood not mentally stable, perhaps even bipolar which puts me in mind of some current dictators in the world.Although the story is very good, I struggled with reading through a number of chapters In addition to the first part of the book dragging, there were other sections of the book that were too wordy and tangential to the main story For example, one fifteen page chapter described one of Amin s weddings in unnecessary and excruciating detail down to the church s crown molding Another example is taking three pages to describe how to clean battle wounds For me, the book started on the wrong note when the protagonist discussed his defecation at the very beginning of the book I really did not need these unnecessary visuals Amin provided enough awful visuals that were story related.I learned a great deal about Africa, Uganda and Idi Amin through this book There were many parts of the book that were eloquently written and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about this part of history Well, if I didn t already think Amin was a whacko, this book would certainly serve to cement that perception The fictional doctor becomes a confidante of the dictator, which seems like a precarious position But not only does his cruelty come through, but also many humorous situations ensue I can t really say I know what to believe about this plot I m sure it was well researched And we all know about Amin s arrogance and violence, but hypochondria Interesting Well written and well researched This novel is about the life of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin 1923 8 2003 and written from the perspective of a fictional Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan I watched the movie The Last King of Scotland many years ago and thought it was excellent As is the case with many book to movie adaptations, the movie didn t include everything that was written in the book and some scenes even deviate quite a lot in the movie Dr Garrigan has an affair with one of Amin Well written and well researched This novel is about the life of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin 1923 8 2003 and written from the perspective of a fictional Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan I watched the movie The Last King of Scotland many years ago and thought it was excellent As is the case with many book to movie adaptations, the movie didn t include everything that was written in the book and some scenes even deviate quite a lot in the movie Dr Garrigan has an affair with one of Amin s wife, which wasn t the case in the book The writing is surprisingly fluid and very engaging We meet Dr Garrigan, a young and naive Scottish doctor who accepts a job through the British government mission as a doctor in a Ugandan town called Mbarara A failed romance at the hospital and a chance encounter with Idi Amin, prompts Dr Garrigan to accept Amin s offer to work as his personal doctor in the capital city Kampala Through the people and friends Dr Garrigan meets, we learn about Uganda s history and tribalism I never knew that Idi Amin was initially backed up by America who feared the spread of communism in Africa theI read, theI come across this pattern of American intervention in Asia, Latin America, Africaand bringing despots to power Amin was a poster boy for the British because of his early declaration and support for democracy He even trained with the Israeli military and had a good relationship with them until Well, until Amin used the power given to him to challenge those who were in power Hundreds of thousands of people died during his regime, which explains why Idi Amin is often compared to other dictators such as Pol Pot and even Hitler.There were signs everywhere First, Dr Garrigan witnesses the expulsion of Asians mainly Indians from Uganda When he gets to know Idi Amin, he is astounded by the man s huge ego Idi Amin was so self aggrandizing especially in the way he talked to the media, to foreign politicians and government people and his treatment of women Amin believed and repeatedly stated that he was doing the job God wanted him to do One bizarre scene that stands out was the 1976 hostage crisis There were always rumors that his soldiers were committing atrocious crimes and going on a killing spree throughout the country But Dr Garrigan was too captivated by Idi Amin s charisma, that he simply remained passive The book gets bloodier,violent andshocking towards the end For me, the most horrifying moment in the book were the child soldiers How the lunacy and reckless behavior of a state leader can turn society upside down and cause so much violence and suffering I thought the author made a good decision to present us Dr Garrigan as a flawed character because in such times there are really no heroes Everybody has lost in some way The movie was definitely better This book was most of all a big disappointment I have seen and loved the movie, and it deals with a part of history that many people, uh including myself, know little about but is characterised by excess that should make for an emotionally engaging story.However, instead of focusing on the broader events, the book chooses to recount very limited experiences of one character This wouldn t be so bad if the protagonist in question wasn t one of the most spineless, passive and self absorbed twits This book was most of all a big disappointment I have seen and loved the movie, and it deals with a part of history that many people, uh including myself, know little about but is characterised by excess that should make for an emotionally engaging story.However, instead of focusing on the broader events, the book chooses to recount very limited experiences of one character This wouldn t be so bad if the protagonist in question wasn t one of the most spineless, passive and self absorbed twits I ve read about He spends the first half of the book trying to get laid, and once that fails there seems absolutely to reason for him to stay in Uganda Yet he does The author might be trying to portray him as suffering from some kind of Stockholm syndrome and his unhealthy and OK inexplicable obsession with Amin might suggest this but there is simply no way to tell as he doesn t seem to have any motivation or will of his own And while he can t necessarily be blamed for lack of action, the unfortunate conclusion is that he s simply choosing to ignore the suffering so clearly going on around him because he s too lazy passive to start doing something useful Or,likely, because the plot requires him to stay It also means that the narrative goes off tangent during quite frequent streams of consciousness, which while realistic, detracts from the the plot, such as it is in an uh unnecessary attempt to seemarty.It could have been a great book The story was there, waiting to be told Some snippets made it through, but simply not enough Yes, it has been quite a few years since I watched the movie In searching for something to read that would be different from my usual choices I landed here This is a very well written offering of historical fiction featuring a remembered despot from years of news headlines, Idi Amin The doctor from Scotland creation worked very well as the narrator and observer of unpredictable, erratic and overall terrifying behavior threaded with tender moments of vulnerability and lucidity considering the Yes, it has been quite a few years since I watched the movie In searching for something to read that would be different from my usual choices I landed here This is a very well written offering of historical fiction featuring a remembered despot from years of news headlines, Idi Amin The doctor from Scotland creation worked very well as the narrator and observer of unpredictable, erratic and overall terrifying behavior threaded with tender moments of vulnerability and lucidity considering the source.This very good book did give us a very good movie and is well worth reading.Library Loan Having lived in Uganda, on and off, for over 5 years, I was under the false impression that Idi Amin was simply another ruthless African military dictator Open and shut Did Amin govern Uganda with an iron fist Without a doubt Were over 300,000 Ugandans murdered during his presidency It s a historical fact Was Amin an uneducated, eccentric baffoon By western standards, yes However, as you ll be able to observe from this documentary, Amin was very popular throughout black Africa, especia Having lived in Uganda, on and off, for over 5 years, I was under the false impression that Idi Amin was simply another ruthless African military dictator Open and shut Did Amin govern Uganda with an iron fist Without a doubt Were over 300,000 Ugandans murdered during his presidency It s a historical fact Was Amin an uneducated, eccentric baffoon By western standards, yes However, as you ll be able to observe from this documentary, Amin was very popular throughout black Africa, especially in Uganda I have spoken with Ugandans whose parents were slaughtered by Amin that still think he was a great leader of Uganda When Amin died in 2003, there was a massive popular outcry for him to be given a state funeral in Kampala How is this possible When Amin came to power in 1971, he was the darling of the British government, who described him as a splendid type Shortly thereafter, Amin provided a state funeral for the popular and exiled Bugandan king Mutesa Also, he freed numerous political prisoners who had been wrongfully detained by Milton Obote s regime He was famous for throwing lavish parties, and personally entertaining guests from all parts of the world In the begining, Amin was committed to democratic government and free elections At various points during his administration, he had the financial and military backing of the UK, USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia Admittedly, Amin was a soilder and not a politician While Amin was a murderous African dictator, was he any worse than his contemporaries or his successors in black Africa Certainly, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Daniel arap Moi of Kenya have comparable amounts of blood on their hands As cold blooded as this may sound, in the geo political context of sub Saharan Africa, Amin s biggest fault was his inability to cover his tracks At issue, this book is an entertaining read for anyone interested in Ugandan history and current affairs Moreover, it provides a fictional medium to envision the many layers of a megalomaniac This was a fascinating work of historical fiction that takes the reader right into the terrifying and often times comically surreal actions of a brutal African dictator The entire novel is a first person account told through the eyes of Nick Garrigan, Idi Amin s fictional personal physician Amin is the most terrifying type of monster the type that doens t play by rational rules and can become unhinged at a heartbeat s notice Several absurd comical terrifying scenes come to mind 1 The fact This was a fascinating work of historical fiction that takes the reader right into the terrifying and often times comically surreal actions of a brutal African dictator The entire novel is a first person account told through the eyes of Nick Garrigan, Idi Amin s fictional personal physician Amin is the most terrifying type of monster the type that doens t play by rational rules and can become unhinged at a heartbeat s notice Several absurd comical terrifying scenes come to mind 1 The fact that he used Israeli technology to create a platform underneath a swimmingpool where he raised himself up to the glorious applause of enraptured bystanders ala The Little Mermaid 2 An episode where Garrigan has to come to Amin s rescue upon hearing that he s dying It turned out that he needed burping with the aid of a baseball bat because he was so grossly overweight and ate alot of gas inducing vegetables 3 The often obscene and ridiculous telegrams there was no internet back in the day he sent to world leaders Here s a standout telegram sent to Nixon after learning about Watergate My dear brother, it is quite true that you have enough problems on your plate and it is surprising that you have the zeal to add fresh ones At the moment you are uncomfortablly sandwiched in that unfortunate affair, I ask Almighty God to help you solve your problems I wish you a speedy recovery from this business I am sure that any weak leader would have resigned or even committed SUICIDE after being subjected to so much harrassment because of this Watergate affair Allow me to extend an invitation to you to come to rest in Uganda, so that you will be able to answer all questions with a healthy body and a clear conscience You are not dammed You needn t be doubtful about salvation I think it might be taken the wrong way , I said Garrigan speaking , when he called me on the phone to ask what I thought But that fellow Nixon , he said Even prostitutes on the street arerespected than him I dont care what you say, I will send it.Goodreads gives this book an average score of 3.69 which is grossly underrated Much of the negative reviews I ve read had gripes with the passive acquiescent nature of the protagonist we follow Go become the personal physican to a creepy dictator in a country you are unfamiliar to See if you snub your nose at him and his policies in public, knowing you will be jailed for life and or tortured to death if you speak up Armchair heroes it s easy to critique from a safe distance I didn t really find the main character s actions to be as reprehensible as some Maybe that s the reason for the low score on GR P.S The movie is an excellent representation of this book, starring the wonderful Forest Whitaker who won an Academy Award in 2006 for his depiction of Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin, and James McAvoy Professor X in Xmen First Class and the Dune miniseries as Dr Garrigan Solid work, with very complex but still relevant discussion of the role of toxic colonialism on the colonized, and the unwillingness of Europeans to address their direct culpability in the past and current genocidal wars in Africa.


About the Author: Giles Foden

Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967 His family moved to Malawi in 1971 where he was brought up He was educated at Yarlet Hall and Malvern College boarding schools, then at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he read English He worked as a journalist for Media Week magazine, then became an assistant editor on the Times Literary Supplement He was deputy literary editor of The Guardian between 1995 and 2006 and is currently Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London He is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and still contributes regularly to The Guardian and other journals.


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