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Drink the Bitter Root

September 2011

"Geddes’ style mixes political reportage, history, travel, cultural analysis and personal memoir. Yet it’s not an overly graphic, ravaging read. Instead, it’s told with lyrical description, humility and even humour...Part of what makes Drink the Bitter Root accessible and relatable is the fact that the ignorance Geddes confronts is not only external -- of places, people and politics -- but internal: about himself."

Focus Online, Sep 9, 2011
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Drink the Bitter Root

September 2011

"A writer that truly believes that literature has the ability to change the world for the better, Geddes has produced a work well worth reading for both its content and its call to action."

Quill & Quire, Sep 1, 2011
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Drink the Bitter Root

August 2011

"Drink the Bitter Root has an esoteric quality, which is not surprising given Geddes' background as a poet. But this time he aims for realism and literal accuracy. He largely succeeds through the graphic accounts offered by his interviewees."

Winnipeg Free Press, Aug 13, 2011
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Drink the Bitter Root

August 2011

“Gary Geddes travels to the African places of war and anguish, where he explores the meaning of justice and forgiveness on the ground. This is an indispensable work for anyone wanting to understand the truth about crimes against humanity, and what can be done about them.”

Erna Paris, author of The Sun Climbs Slow, Aug 11, 2011
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Drink the Bitter Root

July 2011

"A splendid piece of work that brought back many memories, some I'd tried hard to bury, but also all the light and joy of Africa."

Jonathan Manthorpe, Foreign Affairs Editor, Vancouver Sun, Jul 11, 2011
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Drink the Bitter Root

July 2011

"Poignant, literate and sometimes just plain funny, Drink the Bitter Root is 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."

Ian Smillie, author of Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade, Jul 10, 2011
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