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July's People

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer, her imagined end to apartheid through civil war, was banned in South Africa after its publication in 1981; her predicted end was a violent revolution in which blacks are killing whites in order to regain control of the country and overturn the system of racial segregation.  Bam and Maureen Smales, [...]

An Elegy for Easterly

Doesn’t An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah have a beautiful cover? It is reminiscent in some ways of the cover art for Helen Oyeyemi’s White is for Witching; I do like trees in book cover art.  The cover for An Elegy for Easterly is one of the few things that I can enthuse about.  [...]

As the Crow Flies

If you want to loveDo soTo the ends of the earthWith no short cutsDo soAs the crow flies. Indeed I too would have loved to write one of those serene stories with a beginning and an end. As you know only too well, it is never like that, though. Lives mingle, people tame one another [...]


When the Man Booker longlist was announced I was excited to see J. M. Coetzee’s inclusion on it, for Summertime. Although I had only read my first book by Coetzee, Disgrace, earlier that month I was excited to read more by him, especially following the great experience that was my primary encounter with his work. [...]

The Thing Around Your Neck

“At night, something would wrap itself around your neck, something that very nearlychoked you before you fell asleep.” Last month I closely read and reviewed two of the short stories from the collection The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in anticipation of reading the others, which I now have. I enjoyed this [...]

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