In an open-sided lounge area at one of the bush camps, I picked up Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. More info. I couldn’t put it down. At one point she describes the call of the cape dove as “Work harder. Work harder.” As I was reading those words, I could hear the cape dove call. It was so cool. Later I mentioned that to a safari guide named Golden, and told me they only say that until 5 PM. After 5:00 their call is “Drink lager. Drink lager.”
Alexandra Fuller became my new favorite author. I love all her books.
Very enlightening is Peter Godwin’s When a Crocodile Eats the Sun. More info. Read it if you are trying to understand how a successful farming country like Rhodesia became Zimbabwe where the government in September of 2013, estimated that 75% of the population would go hungry in 2014. It must be worse now.