Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm

TitleRainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJohn, Lauren St.
Number of Pages269
CityNew York

In 1978, in the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhodesian Bush War (1964-1979), 11-year-old Lauren St. John moves with her family to Rainbow's End, a wild, beautiful farm and game reserve set on the banks of a slowflowing river. The house has been the scene of a horrific attack by guerrillas, and when Lauren's family settles there, a chain of events is set in motion that will change her life irrevocably. This memoir captures the beauty and danger of life in the African bush. At the height of the war, Lauren rides through the wilderness on her horse, Morning Star, encountering lions, crocodiles, snakes, vicious ostriches, and mad cows. The constant threat of ruthless guerrillas prowling the land underscores everything, making each day more dangerous, vivid, and prized than the last. After independence, Lauren comes to the bitter realization that she'd been on the wrong side of the civil war. 

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