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Carrots! Jane Rosenthal on The Lahnee's Pleasure and An African Cameo

The Lahnee's PleasureAfrican CameoReviewer Jane Rosenthal provides us with two carrots for the price of one in her latest piece, which covers The Lahnee’s Pleasure by Ronnie Govender and An African Cameo by Naka Pillman.

Rosenthal brings the books together under the banner “scar tissue of apartheid”, because both novels move in and around the bad old days and their prevailing racism. While Govender’s style is termed funny and fast-paced, Pillman’s story is, somewhat in contrast, described as “simply and elegantly told”. Yet, neither has the lesser carrot:

Ronnie Govender throws the reader into the deep end with his rapid, funny and pretty scathing narration, in which he introduces a kaleidoscopic sketch of the Mount Edgecombe Indian community. It’s initially a bit overwhelming and confusing but the reader is soon engaged and involved in this village life.

At the centre of this novel is Mothie, widower and father of seven, employee of the Hulett sugar barons. Tongues are wagging over the fences between the little company houses in which they all live, concerning Mothie’s teenage daughter’s new boyfriend who visits her in secret during the day.

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