The Devil That Danced on the Water

By Aminatta Forna,

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Book description

Praised as “a shining example of what autobiography can be: harrowing, illuminating and thoughtful” (USA Today), Aminatta Forna’s intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an idyllic childhood which became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the…

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1 author picked The Devil That Danced on the Water as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This isn’t strictly a travel bookit’s about how the author’s father was brought to his knees and finally executed by the Sierra Leonean dictator Siaka Stevensbut it brilliantly conveys how life and politics work in West Africa and is therefore a must-read if you’re thinking about travelling to the region or want to know more about its post-colonial trajectory.

An extremely moving story, its portrayal of the horror of Stevens’ regime amid the beauty of Sierra Leone encapsulates the fascination of a part of Africa few tourists visit. Tragically, as I discuss in my book, the…

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