Drink the Bitter Root by Gary Geddes
A Search for Justice and Healing in Africa

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...so we plow through Drink the Bitter Root, in which the best of intentions and some fine prose butt up against the limits of the writer’s perspective.
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Drink the Bitter Root is an international story about the ethical and environmental footprint world nations are leaving in Africa in their determined efforts to destabilize and loot the continent. In the spirit of Robert Kaplan and Samantha Power, Gary Geddes sets out in search of justice, healing and reconciliation. He begins his journey at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, then travels to Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Somaliland, crossing Lake Victoria and the Great Rift Valley, where human life began.

Geddes’s quest takes the form of an intimate personal travelogue. Although he confronts the dark realities of abduction, rape, mutilation and murder, drawing on painful encounters, interviews and adventures that occur along the way, Geddes also brings back amazing stories of survival and unexpected moments of grace. His poet's eye and self-deprecating humor draw us ever more deeply into the lives of some amazing Africans, while never forgetting the complicity we all feel in the face of tragic events unfolding there.

In the words of author and Africanist Ian Smillie, Drink the Bitter Root is not only poignant, literate and funny, but also “a deeply textured journey without maps into the unexplored rifts of sub-Saharan Africa, the human experience, and the psyche. It’s also the masterful handling of a full palette.”
 

About Gary Geddes

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Gary Geddes is an internationally-acclaimed travel writer who has been compared to Bruce Chatwin, Michael Ondaatje and William Least Heat-Moon. He has written and edited over thirty-five books, which have sold close to half a million copies in seven languages, and won a dozen literary awards. His memoir Sailing Home (2011) and his travelogue Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things were both Canadian bestsellers.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Counterpoint. 242 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Sep 02 2011

...so we plow through Drink the Bitter Root, in which the best of intentions and some fine prose butt up against the limits of the writer’s perspective.

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