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Book Review: The 30th Candle

ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By April 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments
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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: The 30th Candle

Author: Angela Makholwa

Captivating, thrilling and delightfully dramatic, are but some of the attributes I found myself confidently attaching to this page-turner by South African author Angela Makholwa. The 30th Candle is a novel exploring the lives of four girl friends who each bring a wholesome and emotionally-capturing layer to the narrative that Makholwa simplistically yet so elegantly unpacks.

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Xala by Sembene Ousmane

ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By March 24, 2016 No Comments
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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: Xala

Author: Sembene Ousmane

For a book written in the 1970s, I will admit I was pleasantly surprised at how direct and strangely insightful this piece of literature is with its tackling of issues around human sexual relations and other marital issues.

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Dr Gcina Mhlophe – The Toilet

ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By March 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: The Toilet

Author: Dr Gcina Mhlophe

Reading the short story, The Toilet, by well-known South African activist, actor, storyteller, playwright, director and author – Dr Gcina Mhlophe – took me back to about 14 years ago. As a ten year old little boy, my paternal grandmother would, during school holidays, take me to the city of Bloemfontein in Free State province, South Africa.

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Nakhane Tourè – Piggy Boy’s Blues

ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments
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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: Piggy Boy’s Blues

Author: Nakhane Tourè

I have to admit, writing this review was honestly not as smooth-sailing a process as I anticipated it would be. This piece of literature by first-time author, Nakhane Tourè: is not a smooth-sailing read but incredibly fulfilling in the end. Tourè takes us through a very complicated journey of a young man by the name Davide who is a central character in this book. Ndimphiwe and Gray make pertinent appearances which add to the book’s thought-provoking storylines.

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ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By February 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam

Author: Zukiswa Wanner

In June 2014, an extensive article of mine (titled: Don’t talk about us, talk to us) was published in South Africa’s hard-news publication, The Star newspaper. Thanks to a fantastic initiative by Media Monitoring Africa (SA office), I managed to report on the experiences of a handful of South African domestic workers in a particular Johannesburg suburb.

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ReadAfrica - Book Reviews By January 29, 2016 2 Comments

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By Simphiwe Rens

Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Through the eyes of a young servant, Ugwu, and a set of affluent and highly networked twin sisters – Olanna and Kainene – Chimamanda, in this book, takes us on an intricate journey of intertwined relationships in a time of war within 1960s Nigeria. The piece exquisitely explores issues of love and interconnectedness often through a lens complexly tinted with shades of politics, socio-ethnical and socio-economic realities.

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