A Hippo Love Story opening line: He should not have been there.
This opening line resonates through the book, which is the story of how Karen and Jean-Roger Paolillo came to be in Zimbabwe and set up the Turgwe Hippo Trust to look after the local hippopotamus’s.
I found the book an OK read, with the narration rambling a bit and the thread of the story moving quite quickly. It details the horror of drought and floods, and even worse, the horror of land invasions and death by the so called war veterans of a country where my father was born.
The book costs R240 in the stores but personally I think that if you are going to spend the money, rather donate to the cause.
First published in South Africa by Penguin Books in 2014
Paperback – 219 pages
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
What I blogged April 19:
- three years ago – Chicken Liver Pâté
- four years ago – Mushroom Pasta With Truffle Oil
- five years ago – Seared Tuna Served On A Bed Of Noodles