Kamil Walczak Walczak itibaren Dangia, West Bengal, Hindistan
This was a very interesting book. The style of the writing was very unusual - it felt like a mixture of a tribal oral history and a modern western novel. Which I suppose makes sense, given that it takes place in South Africa during a time of westernization. The book, despite what you might expect, is not really about Apartheid, although Apartheid is omnipresent in the background. It is about what happens when the old system of enforcing standards of behavior breaks, without anything to replace that system. Most of the book is emotionally painful to read, if you have any sense of empathy. But, perhaps because of the depth of the pain, when hope is dangled at the end of the book, it is actually quite uplifting. I can't say more without a spoiler. I grew as a person from having read this book, and in that sense I would recommend it. It is not for the faint of heart. There is nothing obscene, or gory, or otherwise disturbing... but it takes a great deal of emotional fortitude because of the depth of the tragedies that are revealed.