The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest Hardcover – Import Jan 2003
Product Description From The New Yorker In 1975 Mohamed Forna a doctor and leading Sierra Leonean dissident was executed for treason. A quarter century later his daughter who was ten when he was arrested began to investigate his death. Her lucid exacting memoir recounts indelible scenes: in bed with malaria she watches a soldier ransack her room; when her stepmother goes to plead for her father's life Aminatta asks her to get the President's autograph. She interviews the men who gave false testimony against her father and discerns in their matter-of-fact responses a "lack of expectation" that defines life in Sierra Leone after decades of violence. In a telling episode her stepmother takes pity on one of these witnesses who is now destitute and hires him as a cook. The author wonders if it is in this way "together under the same roof" that she and her countrymen must learn to live with the past. Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker From Booklist Forna was only a child when her father Mohamed was taken by the police to a Sierra Leone jail for his supposed involvement in an assassination conspiracy. Mohamed a brilliant and kind physician met his wife Maureen when he studied in Scotland. They married against the wishes of her family and after Mohamed's older brother died he brought his wife and their three children to a small town in Sierra Leone. Mohamed was the only doctor in the town but soon he found another calling: politics. He joined the All People's Congress party hoping to break Sierra Leone's People's Party's stronghold on parliamentary positions. Despite military intervention the APC took the many seats they won and Mohamed became the minister of finance. But Mohamed's political troubles were not at an end as he saw his party become as corrupt as SLPP had been. He was eventually arrested and executed for treason. Forna's stunning memoir is both a tribute to her brave father and an important look at the sad state of politics in Sierra Leone. Kristine Huntley Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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