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Michael King Reviews A Sportful Malice by Michiel Heyns

A Sportful MaliceVerdict: carrot

This is Michiel Heyns’s seventh novel, a return to the comic mode previously displayed in The Reluctant Passenger – an approach very different from his acclaimed Lost Ground. While the subject matter might be less significant, there is no doubting Heyns’s masterful control of the variations in tone – always entertaining, steadily ironic, light-heartedly satirical, and very amusing. There is a lightness of touch that allows you to read at a brisk pace (except when you have to stop reading to catch your breath from laughing out loud).

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