The Last King of Scotland by Giles FodenShortly 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 terror.
In The Last King of Scotland Fodens 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 8 years in power, would be responsible for 300,000 deaths. And as Garrigan awakens to his patients 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: getting away scot-free with genocide
T hough early morning when I touched down in Entebbe it was pitch-black equatorial night outside the aircraft. A big, bow-wow storm was shedding acres of water over Lake Victoria, which lay hard by the runway. As I looked through the oval of the window, the sky about the lake lit up with sheet lightning, followed shortly afterwards by a whump of thunder. I tried to resist the melodramatic feelings that rose inside me; then gave in. From where I sat, it did feel like a show. I'd not been back to Uganda since , when I covered the Kanungu cult murders for the Guardian. But I was used to the highway from the airport to Kampala, the capital, unshaken by what might have been eerie in another place - soldiers leaning out of the dark, the flash of headlights on wet banana leaves, most of all the piles of coffins at a roadside carpenters.
What exactly is “true” about The Last King of Scotland?
Blazing in the prestige of its recent award-seasons coverage The Last King of Scotland attempts the ambitious feat of using a largely fictional storyline character to uncover something of the real Idi Amin. He had a complex relationship with Britain as a whole.
Sign in. Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the s. In the early s Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin.