Hierdie is die LitNet-argief (2006–2012)
Besoek die aktiewe LitNet-platform by www.litnet.co.za

This is the LitNet archive (2006–2012)
Visit the active LitNet platform at www.litnet.co.za


 
Boeke | Books > Resensies | Reviews > English

English


<< 1 2 3 4 >>

Powerful, chilling Those Who Love Night a must for thriller readers
Jonathan Amid - 2010-10-15
Title: Those Who Love NightAuthor: Wessel EbersohnPublisher: UmuziDate of publication: August 2010Genre: Crime fictionPages: 272ISBN: 9781415201190Order Those Who Love Night from Kalahari.net. In a tremendously fertile literary climate, authors such as Mike Nicol, Margie Orford, Deon Meyer and Chris Marnewick have released high-calibre works of crime fiction that present engaging, dynamic plots and vivid characterisations, as well as some harsh but all too necessary social commentary on a South...

One man’s search for identity along South Africa’s margins in Fox’s travelogue
Isaac Ndlovu - 2010-09-22
Title: The Marginal Safari: Scouting the Edge of South Africa Author: Justin Fox Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415200582 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Justin Fox’s The Marginal Safari: Scouting the Edge of South Africa is a travelogue which takes the entire South African borderline as its setting. The book relates a six-week-long one-man’s trip around South Africa’s border which Fox embarks on during the winter of 2004. Starting from Cape Town where he resides, Fox...

Lotz returns with winning thriller Tooth and Nailed
Jonathan Amid - 2010-09-15
Title: Tooth and Nailed Author: Sarah Lotz ISBN: 9780143026341 Publisher: Penguin Click here to buy Tooth and Nailed from Kalahari.net! Tooth and Nailed, the follow-up to Sarah Lotz’s well-received Exhibit A, arrives on our bookshelves in an incredibly rich season for lovers of local and crime fiction, a period that has offered discerning readers original, insightful and often brilliant works such as Antony Altbeker’s Fruit of a Poisoned Tree, Deon Meyer’s Thirteen Hours, Chris...

Whiteness and Africanness as pure adventure in Witboy in Africa
Karlien van der Schyff - 2010-09-07
Title: Witboy in Africa: Diary of a Troublemaker Author: Deon Maas ISBN: 9780624048336 Publisher: Tafelberg Publication date: April 2010 Click here to buy Witboy in Africa from Kalahari.net! The title of Deon Maas’s travelogue, Witboy in Africa, creates the expectation that the narrative will, to some extent, reflect the white travel writer’s questions surrounding whiteness and African identity as he travels through Africa. This initial expectation is strengthened the moment one opens...

Do you cry over Spilt Milk or clean it up? Reading Kopano Matlwa’s national allegory
Karlien van der Schyff - 2010-08-31
Title: Spilt Milk Author: Kopano Matlwa ISBN: 9781770097919 Publisher: Jacana Publication date: April 2010 Click here to buy Spilt Milk from Kalahari.net! In her debut novel, Coconut (Jacana, 2007), EU Literary Award-winner Kopano Matlwa tackled the weighty issue of racial and gender identity in post-apartheid South Africa through the life stories of two teenage protagonists from widely differing backgrounds. At first glance her second novel, Spilt Milk, sets out in much the same vein, as it...

Young Blood a fast read that grapples with the present
Isaac Ndlovu - 2010-08-11
Title: Young Blood Author: Sifiso Mzobe Publisher: Kwela Books ISBN: 9780795702938 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Young Blood is Sifiso Mzobe’s ambitious debut novel, which is set mainly in Umlazi township, Durban. It is narrated by its male protagonist, Sipho, a 17-year-old tenth-grader who drops out of school. Explaining his decision he says, “There was absolutely nothing for me in school ... Nothing in school made sense, and nothing had since grade one” (7). Despite...

Interruption and discontinuity in Anthony W Harding’s Lekgowa
Deirdre Byrne - 2010-08-05
Title: Lekgowa Author: Anthony W Harding Published by New Voices, Cape Town, 2010 In the past five years South Africa has seen an upsurge of “life writing”, telling the stories of ordinary people in the post-apartheid era. These works (including Adam Levin’s Aidsafari, Chris van Wyk’s Shirley, Goodness & Mercy and its sequel, Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch) are a reaction to the totalising “grand narratives” of apartheid and colonialism, which held (if implicitly)...

Alex Smith’s Four Drunk Beauties: Other ways of telling
Annel Pieterse - 2010-07-21
Title: Four Drunk Beauties Author: Alex Smith Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9780795702860 Price: R180.00 Four Drunk Beauties is the third novel by award-winning South African author Alex Smith. It relates the story of two men, Kamaal (a Muslim) and Drew (a "Jewish atheist") who were tortured, bound back to back, and left to rot in an Iranian prison. Smith explores the relationship between the two men as they wait for either rescue or death. In order to keep the extreme horror of their situation at...

Fruit of a Poisoned Tree so goed soos Truman Capote
Chris Marnewick - 2010-07-21
Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice Antony Altbeker Uitgewer: Jonathan Ball Publishers ISBN: 9781868423330 Prys: R165.75 Klik hier en koop Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice nou by Kalahari.net! So dan en wan verskyn daar ’n boek wat ek wens ek geskryf het, of selfs kon skryf. Antony Altbeker se Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice is so ’n boek....

Encounters with André Brink will bring many happy hours of reading
Godfrey Meintjes - 2010-07-20
Encounters with André Brink Compiled by Karina Magdalena Szczurek Publisher: Human & Rousseau ISBN: 9780798152181 Price: R170.00 Click here to buy Encounters with André Brink from Kalahari.net! In the preface to her compilation of forty-four essays reflecting on encounters with the internationally acclaimed South African author André Brink, Karina Szczurek states: “Together, in these essays, we’ve explored some of the many facets of his versatile personality....

Gripping and nuanced thriller The Soldier Who Said No will satisfy wide audience
Jonathan Amid - 2010-07-06
The Soldier Who Said No Chris Marnewick Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201084 Prys: R144.50 Click here to buy The Soldier Who Said No from Kalahari.net In 2008 Chris Marnewick delivered his first novel, Shepherds and Butchers, to critical acclaim. For his novel, which explores legal execution in a stark, harrowing manner, the author – who is a senior advocate practising in Durban – uses factual and fictional elements to interrogate the grim realities underlying the South Africa’s...

Gritty, exhilarating sequel, Killer Country, a guaranteed page-turner
Jonathan Amid - 2010-06-30
Killer Country Mike Nicol Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201169 Prys: R144.50 Click here to buy Killer Country from Kalahari.net! As a full-time writer, Mike Nicol is no stranger to the world of fiction writing, having penned six novels, four of which have been published in the UK and the US. Having recently risen to local prominence with his previous crime novel, Out to Score, in collaboration with Joanne Hichens, Nicol laid down a marker as one of the finest crime writers around with his sensational...

Razor-sharp characterisation and cutting humour in Julian De Wette’s latest novel, A Case of Knives
Jonathan Amid - 2010-06-30
A Case of Knives Julian De Wette Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201183 Price: R146.36 Click here to buy A Case of Knives from Kalahari.net! While many novels have explored the political and personal ramifications of living under the apartheid regime, few have employed such a terrific sense of narrative brio humour as A Case of Knives, an often hilarious yet ultimately serious-minded coming-of-age tale that uses real events and characters to create an allegorical social commentary on the nature...

Leon de Kock’s Bodyhood: Balancing loss and lyricism
Christy Weyer - 2010-06-04
Title: BodyhoodAuthor: Leon de KockPublisher: Umuzi (2010)ISBN: 9781415200995Click here to order Bodyhood from Kalahari.net! Bodyhood (Umuzi, 2010) is Leon de Kock’s third collection of poetry. It is divided into four sections, each designated as a separate “journal”, which is indicative of the collection’s autobiographical tendency. As in the conversation of the “[s]cholars in a Johannesburg garden” who are “[c]onvened by critical agenda”, the collection...

Telling a different tale: Karel Schoeman’s Seven Khoi Lives
Carine Zaayman - 2010-03-29
Title: Seven Khoi Lives: Cape Biographies of the Seventeenth CenturyAuthor: Karel SchoemanPublisher: Protea Book House, 2009ISBN: 9781869192785Click here to order Seven Khoi Lives from Kalahari.net! It is a predictable truism that contemporary texts concerning the history of South Africa are radically different from those of the 1980s and before. I still remember my awkward school textbooks of the time, their line illustrations benignly depicting scenes from the early "history" of the nation...

Exploring the Heart of Africa: Sihle Khumalo’s light-hearted yet highly troubling travel writing
Karlien van der Schyff - 2010-03-17
Title: Heart of Africa Author: Sihle Khumalo ISBN: 9781415200810 Publisher: Umuzi Publication date: October 2009Click here to order the book from Kalahari.net! Heart of Africa, travel writer Sihle Khumalo’s second book, is a light-hearted, often humorous account of his journey through Central Africa, commemorating the discovery of the source of the Nile 150 years earlier. As in his previous book, Dark Continent My Black Arse (Umuzi, 2007), Khumalo once again attempts to travel through...

Colleen Higgs delivers fully-formed poetry in Halfborn Woman
Christy Weyer - 2010-03-10
Title: Halfborn WomanPoet: Colleen HiggsPublisher: Hands-on Books, 2004ISBN: 0620319755Although Colleen Higgs has been writing and publishing individual poems for many years, Halfborn Woman (Hands-on Books, 2004) is her first collection. The title, taken from Adrienne Rich’s poem “Upper Broadway” (in The Dream of a Common Language), an extract of which also serves as an epigraph to this collection, suggests the central theme of this book: a woman’s search for identity and...

Poetry as alchemy: Joan Metelerkamp’s Burnt Offering
Christy Weyer - 2010-03-03
Title: Burnt OfferingAuthor: Joan MetelerkampPublisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9780980272949 Price: R117Pages: 96Click here to order the collection from Kalahari.net. Written in a tight three-part structure, Joan Metelerkamp’s latest collection of poetry, Burnt Offering (Modjaji Books, 2009), is a questing and questioning meditation on the transformative process of alchemy. The collection searches for, and seeks to effect, alchemical transformation and metamorphosis, not only within the...

Mini-review: Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, The Lacuna, bleak but compelling
Ester Levinrad - 2010-02-15
Title: The LacunaAuthor: Barbara KingsolverPublisher: Faber and FaberPublication date: 2009Pages: 532Click here to order The Lacuna from Kalahari.net! Harrison Shepherd is split between two countries, the USA and Mexico, and caught between competing existences and philosophies throughout his life, much like the novel The Lacuna, which tells the story of this life. The Lacuna opens in his boyhood, as his Mexican mother careens from one love affair to another, after deserting his dour American civil...

Trading through the old Transkei
Engela Neethling - 2010-02-03
“In 1826 a few temporary licenses were issued for those wishing to trade beyond the Kei River. The pickings were so rich that within a very short time there were at least 20 traders operating beyond the frontier. In 1830 the border was thrown open and trade beyond the Kei was legalised. For the first time people living on the Wild Coast were able legally to exchange their hides, cattle, ivory and later tobacco, grain and wool, for blankets, beads, agricultural implements, knives, horses...

“For this I’ve waited all my life: those missing, those missed”: Love and grief in Megan Hall’s fourth child
Grace Kim - 2010-02-03
Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9780980272901 Click here to order it from Kalahari.net! I’ve always imagined memories to be like fragments of cloth that we tear from the past in order to clothe ourselves in the present. Sometimes, certain patches are torn out to make place for new ones - the memory of an old love gets replaced by the experiences with a new one. Sometimes, sections simply wear away, like the second, third, fourth day of grade five. Quite often, we ourselves pack the...

Please, take heed of the poet’s voice: Sindiwe Magona’s Please, Take Photographs
Karlien van der Schyff - 2010-01-15
Title: Please, Take Photographs Author: Sindiwe Magona ISBN: 9780980272956 Publisher: Modjaji Books Publication date: 2009Click here to order Please, Take Photographs from Kalahari.net. In the title poem of her debut collection, Please, Take Photographs, multi-award-winning author Sindiwe Magona urges her readers to Please, hurry! Take photographs of all the children, now! Take photos, for tomorrow they will be gone. Take photos! Take photos of the children … Children who will not...

Unpeeled: Strange Fruit and Helen Moffett
Grace Kim - 2010-01-15
Title: Strange FruitAuthor: Helen MoffettPublisher: Modjaji BooksPublication date: 2009I remember the first time I saw a pomegranate – it fell from our neighbour’s tree, and cracked open on the hard pavement below, a few feet from where I was standing with friends. Curious, we all stepped a bit closer to this strange fruit. Someone gingerly kicked it, and as it rolled away, a handful of pomegranate seeds escaped in a sudden burst of colour. I’d never before seen such a beautiful,...

Breytenbach’s oorblyfsel/voice over: an intimate sharing
Riaan Oppelt with Lisa Visser - 2010-01-11
oorblyfsel/voice overBreyten BreytenbachPublisher: Human & RousseauISBN: 9780798150712 Click here to buy your copy of oorblyfsel/voice over from Kalahari.net! At the end of oorblyfsel/voice over, Breyten Breytenbach includes a note that states that he does not consider the pieces of this publication, each written side by side in Afrikaans and English, as translations, but as the physical and emotional projection of what a conversation is. It is both a tribute to and an engagement with...

The World According to Julius Malema: A bold, worthwhile move
Isaac Ndlovu - 2009-12-08
Title: The World According to Julius MalemaAuthors: Max du Preez and Mandy Rossouw ISBN: 9780795702921Publisher: Kwela BooksPublication date: 2009Click here to order The World According to Julius Malema from Exclusive Books. The World According to Julius Malema is a collection of 95 “famous and infamous statements” made by the current president of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema. Journalists Max du Preez and Mandy Rossouw made a bold move in riding on the popularity wave of this...

A farewell to innocence: Kilgore’s Zimbabwe
Rob Gaylard - 2009-12-07
Title: We Are All Zimbabweans Now Author: James Kilgore ISBN: 9781415200711Publisher: Umuzi Publication date: 2009Pages: 272Click here to order We Are All Zimbabweans Now from kalahari.net. We read novels for a variety of reasons. The likely reader of Kilgore’s novel may have an interest in African history and current affairs. He or she may be curious to know more about the semi-legendary figure of Josiah Tongogara, military leader of ZANLA and possible rival to Mugabe, who died in a car...

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s dark revision of Pippi Longstocking
Annel Pieterse - 2009-12-03
Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire Author: Stieg Larsson ISBN: 9781847245564 Publisher: Quercus Publishing PLC Click here to order a copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire from Exclusive Books. The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second book in the hugely popular Millennium trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Since its original Swedish publication in 2006 the trilogy has enjoyed enormous success, the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, being published in English in 2008 and...

Showers of belly laughs in Zapiro’s Don’t Mess with the President’s Head
Jonathan Amid - 2009-12-02
Title: Don’t Mess with the President’s HeadAuthor: ZapiroISBN: 9781770097575 Click here to order Don’t Mess with the President’s Head from Exclusive Books. When one thinks of satire, the most immediate thought is often of a figure that uses wit to criticise behaviour, ridiculing those in positions of power through irony, sarcasm and ridicule. While this is often the case, the more exceptional satirist uses keen understanding of his medium and the psychology of the masses...

Healers, helpers and Hospitals: a definitive work on a subject that is great as it is universal
Paul Murray - 2009-08-20
Healers, helpers and Hospitals – A History of Military Medicine in the Anglo-Boer War Volumes I and Volume II Author: JC (Kay) de Villiers ISBN: 9781869192777 Publication year: 2009 Pages: 772 (Volume I) and 324 (Volume II) Publishers: Protea Book House, Pretoria The Anglo-Boer War features widely in the annals of military history. British forces for three years from 1899 until 1902 waged a so-called “little war”, deploying 450 000 men against the Boer forces of 87...

Jaffer’s tale of two loves makes history personal
Dawid de Villiers - 2009-07-29
Title: Love in the Time of Treason: The Life Story of Ayesha Dawood Author: Zubeida Jaffer Publisher: Kwela Format: Paperback Pages: 220 ISBN: 978-0-7957-0275-4 Love in the Time of Treason belongs to a still growing body of “Struggle” literature that includes memoirs, biographies, letters, poetry and novels. As the book’s subtitle makes clear, it concerns the “life story” of one Ayesha Dawood, a resident of Worcester, who as a young woman joined the ANC and...

Load Shedding illuminates South Africans’ lives through shared experiences
Arja Salafranca - 2009-07-02
Title: Load Shedding: Writing on and over the edge of South Africa Editors: Liz McGregor and Sarah Nuttall Publisher: Jonathan Ball ISBN: 9781868423231 Publication date: March 2009 Pages: 248 Click here to order your copy of Load Shedding at Kalahari.net. Toward the end of 2007, editors Liz McGregor and Sarah Nuttall, under the auspices of Wiser at Wits, brought out At Risk, a collection of essays which portrayed life in South Africa. I wrote then that we needed more books of this kind:...

“A gallery of grotesques”: Carel van der Merwe’s Shark
Karen Jennings - 2009-06-24
Title: Shark Author: Carel van der MerwePublisher: UmuziISBN: 9781415200766Publication date: May 2009Pages: 256Click here to order Shark from kalahari.net now! A few months ago I reviewed Dora Taylor’s novel Rage of Life. Set in 1950s Sophiatown, it depicts a country governed by political and economic systems which are characterised in terms of cannibalism. In Carel van der Merwe’s most recent novel, Shark (also available in Afrikaans as Geldwolf), it is evident that very little has changed...

Booksnap: Don Pinnock’s The Woman who Lived in a Tree
Janet van Eeden - 2009-06-09
Title: The Woman who Lived in a Tree Author: Don Pinnock Publisher: Jacana Media ISBN: 9781770096929 Publication date: April 2009 Pages: 304 Click on the cover of the book to order your copy from kalahari.net. The Woman who Lived in a Tree is a collection of Don Pinnock’s articles published in Getaway Magazine. The articles are about some of the most interesting characters Pinnock has met over his long career as a feature writer and explorer. The stories focus on people who...

Booksnaps Two: Lauren Benatar’s All That You Are
Janet van Eeden - 2009-06-03
Another book which has come my way recently is All That You Are by Lauren Benatar. This is Benatar’s personal experience of discovering a new way of looking at the world. As she puts it, her cat would play for hours trying to catch light reflected from a CD cover. In exactly the same way, so many of us chase illusive goals or allow ourselves to be affected by illusive realities which are all just a trick of the light. To put it another way, we so often believe in the values of the material...

Rhoda Kadalie’s In Your Face: substantial, satisfying and consistent
Coenraad Bezuidenhout - 2009-05-27
Titel: In Your Face - Passionate Conversations about People and Politics Author: Rhoda Kadalie Publisher: Tafelberg ISBN: 9780624047308 Pages: 262 Click on the cover of In Your Face to order your copy from kalahari.net now. Rhoda Kadalie’s detractors may want to dismiss her as sanctimonious and impertinent, but there really is no mistaking the regular rantings of this committed South African for anything but pure passion. In that sense, her collection of columns...

Book Snaps – A Bend in the Nile by Chris McIvor
Janet van Eeden - 2009-05-27
Title: A Bend in the Nile Author:Chris McIvor Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd ISBN: 9781905207251 Publication date: November 2008 Click here to order your copy from kalahari.net A number of very different books have come across my desk recently. One of the most interesting is Chris McIvor’s A Bend in the Nile. Chris McIvor has worked in many countries in Africa for the past thirty years. He is currently the Programme Development Director for Save the Children in Mozambique....

Met The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo demonstreer Peter Orner sy talent as jongleur van die woord
Annemarié van Niekerk - 2009-05-20
Titel: The Second Coming of Mavala ShikongoOuteur: Peter OrnerUitgewer: Back Bay BooksISBN: 9780316066334Publikasiedatum: Mei 2007Aantal bladsye: 311Klik op die omslagfoto van The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo om jou kopie by kalahari.net te bestel.Afrika. Ondeurdringbaar. Misterieus. So kyk gefassineerde buitestanders na ons "donker kontinent". Maar fassinasie neig altyd daarna om greep te verkry. In die geval van die kolonisering van Afrika gebeur dit sowel letterlik as simbolies....

Hibridiese aanbod van Secret Namibia ondervang nie leemtes nie
Daniel Hugo - 2009-04-07
Titel: Secret NamibiaOuteur: Lily and Marcel JouveUitgewer: Random House StruikISBN: 978-1-77007-694-5Bladsye: 152 Klik hier en bestel nou Secret Namibia van kalahari.net! Daar het al baie koffietafelboeke oor hierdie uitgestrekte land tussen die drie groot riviere (Oranje, Kunene en Okavango) en die twee woestyne (Namib en Kalahari) verskyn. Fotograwe, skilders en digters is ewe lief vir die wydsheid en ongereptheid van Namibië. En dit is veral die barre maar eindeloos wisselende landskap...

Damp-eyed sentimentalism is over-egging the pudding in Baking Cakes in Kigali
Ashlee Polatinsky - 2009-04-07
Title: Baking Cakes in KigaliAuthor: Gaile ParkinPublisher: Atlantic Books ISBN: 9781843547464 Publication date: January 2009 Pages: 272 Click here to buy Baking Cakes in Kigali from kalahari.net now! Angel Tungaraza, the protagonist of Gaile Parkin’s debut novel, is a Tanzanian who finds herself in post-genocide Rwanda, baking cakes in Kigali, the city to which she, her husband, Pius, and their five grandchildren have recently moved for the uncertain duration of Pius’s teaching...

Dora Taylor’s Rage of Life: The Cannibalism of a Country
Karen Jennings - 2009-04-02
Rage of Life Dora Taylor ISBN: 9780143025610 Penguin SA Click here to purchase Rage of Life from kalahari.net now! Forty-six years after completion, Dora Taylor’s Rage of Life, winner of the 2008 South African Posthumous Literary Award, makes its debut in print. Born in Scotland in 1899, Taylor was orphaned shortly thereafter and suffered several years of abuse and neglect from relatives. However, with the kind assistance of a school teacher, she went on to study English literature...

Orations of “a young man from Illinois”
Coenraad Bezuidenhout - 2009-03-18
The Politics of Hope: the Words of Barack Obama Compiled by Henry Russell Zebra Press 2009 9781770220614 Click here to find out more about the book In his poetically mournful, but hauntingly beautiful tribute at John F Kennedy’s funeral, then US Senate Majority leader Mike Mansfield spoke of “a wit in a man neither young nor old, but a wit full of an old man's wisdom and of a child's wisdom”. He could just as well have been speaking of the 44th President...

A winning Quartet
Rob Gaylard - 2009-02-26
Quartet. Compiled and edited by Richard Rive. Athlone: Realities, 2008. The republication of Quartet, edited by Richard Rive, and long out of print, is an important literary event. It was originally published in 1963, then by Heinemann in the African Writers Series in 1965, and is now republished by Realities, a publishing house based in Athlone. This collection helped to put black South African writing on the map in the early sixties. It was, however, banned in South Afirica - because...

Make room for the poets
Rob Gaylard - 2009-02-17
We Are … A Poetry Anthology Compiled and edited by Natalia Molebatsi. ISBN: 9780143025689 Penguin SA, 2008 Click here to purchase We are from kalahari.net now! The stated aim of this anthology is to showcase the emerging voices and talents of a number of young poets, activists, filmmakers, actors, scriptwriters and playwrights – "an attempt to let you into the issues prominent in the environment and the minds of some...

Fishing for Stars by Bryce Courtenay: a memoir of a ageing protagonist
Janet van Eeden - 2009-02-17
Fishing for stars Bryce Courtenay ISBN : 9780670072743 Penguin SA Click here to buy Fishing for stars from Kalahari.net now! At a writing workshop I attended two years ago, Emma Thompson quoted the filmmaker Jim Sheridan on telling a compelling story: “Always have a magnet at the end of the story that draws the reader or viewer to the end. The pull of the magnet should be...

Ambitious scope and hauntingly intimate - The Gargoyle is a striking debut
Riaan Oppelt - 2009-02-11
The Gargoyle Andrew Davidson ISBN: 9780749728892 Penguin SA The Gargoyle is a striking debut, a searing quest for re-examining the set-in-stone conventions of “being human” throughout the ages, and identifying when being only human is simply not enough. Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle is a somewhat challenging read, perhaps because it plays with reader anticipation so well that it sets an inconsistent narrative pace that veers...

“A Moth’s Part in Life”: Review of Nthikeng Mohlele’s The Scent of Bliss
Karen Jennings - 2008-12-19
The Scent of Bliss Nthikeng Mohlele ISBN: 9780795702761 Publisher: Kwela Books Click here to purchase The Scent of Bliss from kalahari.net now! Jean Henri Fabre, the French entomologist who died in 1915, had the rare gift of being able to write both scientifically and poetically about the creatures which he researched. His study Social Life in the Insect World opens with the following passage: Fame is the daughter of Legend. In the world of creatures, as in the world of men, the story...

Stephen Gray’s Remembering Bosman illuminates the life and times of one our most talented and unusual writers
Rob Gaylard - 2008-12-08
Title: Remembering BosmanEditor: Stephen GrayPublisher: PenguinFormat: HardcoverISBN: 9780143025658Publication date: September 2008Click here to buy Remembering Bosman from kalahari.net now! The lack of recognition for Bosman during his lifetime altered dramatically with the posthumous publication of collections of his short stories and with the 14-volume anniversary edition of his collected works, edited by Craig Mackenzie and Stephen Gray. He is now widely regarded as our foremost storyteller;...

An “Ill return”: Sean Badal’s The Fall of the Black-Eyed Night
Karen Jennings - 2008-12-03
Title: The Fall of the Black-Eyed NightAuthor: Sean BadalPublisher: UmuziISBN: 9781415200544Publication date: July 2008Pages: 192Click here to purchase The Fall of the Black-Eyed Night from kalahari.net now! In 472 BC Aeschylus, the father of Greek tragedy, wrote The Persians, a play about the Persian leader Xerxe's failed campaign against the Greeks. It is a play of lamentation in which the pride of one man has brought pain and defeat to an entire nation; and where the excesses of the young...

Alex Smith's Drinking from the Dragon's Well a true gem
Paul Murray - 2008-11-12
Drinking from the dragon's well by Alex Smith ISBN: 9781415200612 Category: Fiction RRP: R155.00 Click here to find out more about the book Click here to purchase Drinking from the dragon's well from kalahari.net now!Alex Smith's first novel, Algeria's Way, was published in 2007 and was partly written and amplified on the visit to China. Her latest book, Drinking from the Dragon's Well (2008), is, among other things, part memoir, part...

Giving a face to the most vulnerable: Our Broken Dreams – Child Migration in Southern Africa
Janet van Eeden - 2008-11-03
Title: Our Broken Dreams - Child Migration in Southern AfricaEdited by Irene Staunton, with Chris McIvor and Chris BjornestadPublisher: Save the Children, in association with Weaver Press. There are approximately between 1,2 and 3,5 million Zimbabweans living illegally in South Africa, according to different sources, says Chris McIvor in his introduction to this moving book. More definite deportation figures show that approximately 80 000 Mozambicans are deported from this country each year. Children...


<< 1 2 3 4 >>