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Gem Squash Tokoloshe av Rachel Zadok
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Gem Squash Tokoloshe (urspr publ 2005; utgåvan 2005)

av Rachel Zadok (Författare)

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A poignant and heart-wrenching story of the dissolution of a marriage seen through the eyes of an innocent childShe just sat there hardly moving, staring at the drive. Black marks formed under her eyes where her lashes bled their waxy coating onto her skin. Her rouged cheeks were smudged. Mother looked like she was melting in the heat. Faith leads an isolated existence on her family's drought stricken farm in the Northern Transvaal of South Africa. When the rain stopped, her father took to the road as a travelling salesman, returning only at weekends. Now Faith lives with her mother Bella and dog Boesman anticipating his visits - until one day he stops coming and Bella's health begins to go into rapid decline. Fifteen years later Bella has died incarcerated in the Sterkfontein asylum for the criminally insane. Faith has not spoken to her mother for ten years and is on the brink of a breakdown of her own. Now, with her mother's death, she inherits the farm and must return to confront the dark mysteries of the past . . . In prose as lithe and imaginative as that of Alexandra Fuller, Rachel Zadok te Riele recreates the voice of a young girl growing up during the height of apartheid unrest in South Africa. As Faith struggles to make sense of the complex world in which she lives and come to terms with the beliefs her society and upbringing have inculcated in her, what emerges is a richly compelling, emotionally resonant tale of courage set against the backdrop of a chaotically divided and deeply beautiful country.… (mer)
Medlem:daringfeline
Titel:Gem Squash Tokoloshe
Författare:Rachel Zadok (Författare)
Info:Pan Books (2005), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Owned, fiction

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Sommarsquash tokolosh! av Rachel Zadok (2005)

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I found this a tricky and not massively enjoyable read. The first section was repetitive and seemed intent on conveying to the reader only half of what was going on. There were paintings, evil fairies, vegetables, and - this being South Africa - a compulsory side order of hardened racism.

The back cover promised a forward-leap in time during the story and I found myself desperate for it to happen, in the hope that the presumably-unreliable narrator would become a bit more reliable with age. Unfortunately not - you have to wait for the very very end to be filled in on what actually happened. If asked to make a guess at the halfway stage, I would have guessed right, but I was glad to find that when it was all wrapped up I understood what the book had sought to convey - even going back and re-reading (and understanding) the weird first bit. Having feared that I would struggle through and still be none the wiser I was grateful for that much.

Maybe it's the state of affairs that has the white characters moaning about their miserable lives in a country where they have appropriated all the advantages that makes me dislike this sort of book, but anyway, just not my cup of tea. ( )
  jayne_charles | Oct 19, 2017 |
Spannend en mysterieus verhaal. Eerste deel van het verhaal wordt verteld vanuit de ogen van een kind van zeven. Taalgebruik is beeldend en vaak grappig. Goed opgebouwd. Aanrader! ( )
  Cromboek | Jun 28, 2011 |
The first part of this - the story of Faith's childhood with her depressed and delusional mother - is nothing short of mesmerizing. The stories her mother tells her of the fairies and the other supernatural beings that surrounding their house are scary and intriguing and you can really emphasize with how this lonely little girl is affected by her surroundings. The second part lets this novel down something terribly, however. Gone is the magic of the fairies and the horrors of the Tokoloshe, and Faith turns into an indolent version of her mother. Although she does get redemption, I would have wanted it to come from herself, not through an external force. Unfortunately, what started with a bang ended with a whimper. It's a first novel, though, and Zadok is showing enough potential that I would pick up another of her books. ( )
  -Eva- | Dec 27, 2010 |
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A poignant and heart-wrenching story of the dissolution of a marriage seen through the eyes of an innocent childShe just sat there hardly moving, staring at the drive. Black marks formed under her eyes where her lashes bled their waxy coating onto her skin. Her rouged cheeks were smudged. Mother looked like she was melting in the heat. Faith leads an isolated existence on her family's drought stricken farm in the Northern Transvaal of South Africa. When the rain stopped, her father took to the road as a travelling salesman, returning only at weekends. Now Faith lives with her mother Bella and dog Boesman anticipating his visits - until one day he stops coming and Bella's health begins to go into rapid decline. Fifteen years later Bella has died incarcerated in the Sterkfontein asylum for the criminally insane. Faith has not spoken to her mother for ten years and is on the brink of a breakdown of her own. Now, with her mother's death, she inherits the farm and must return to confront the dark mysteries of the past . . . In prose as lithe and imaginative as that of Alexandra Fuller, Rachel Zadok te Riele recreates the voice of a young girl growing up during the height of apartheid unrest in South Africa. As Faith struggles to make sense of the complex world in which she lives and come to terms with the beliefs her society and upbringing have inculcated in her, what emerges is a richly compelling, emotionally resonant tale of courage set against the backdrop of a chaotically divided and deeply beautiful country.

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