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by S.L.Swart

This is an interesting telling of the early years in Southern Africa as depicted by the lives of the men and women who become the chief characters of this interesting historical novel. The characters who contribute to the variety in this story of the late nineteenth, early twentieth century are almost larger than life and the very expressive use of English by the author ensures that every nuance of description is used in the telling. The women are portrayed as being emotionally strong with an insight into the ways of men and of using those quirks to their advantage or to suit their purposes whilst the men are usually strong and robust.

The events which move from Europe through the Cape of Good Hope up through the Transvaal to Rhodesia are seen through the eyes of both black and white people and the story attempts to give the reader an insight into the cultures which were meeting headlong in these raw frontiers with the subsequent misunderstandings and abuse of the ‘weak' by the ‘strong', whichever happened to have the upper hand at that point in time. The stories of the individuals span their lifetimes and include all the experiences of life; birth, marriage, sexual encounters, rape, sodomy, trauma, death, murder, abuse and plots thick with love, revenge and hate.

The author liberally uses colloquial language and descriptions and the book could serve as a rudimentary introduction to the local life, social structures and customs in the southern countries of Africa at that time. I found it interesting reading as an African and felt it boldly retold the story of the sub continent which was emerging into the broader world at the time that England was expanding her empire. If you are looking for a novel that tells the story of the early years of Southern Africa without pulling any punches then this read is for you.
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Posted by S.L.Swart
31 May 2013

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Injasani has all the makings of a best seller. The imagery, honesty and beauty of the prose brought the characters to life and created an incredible atmosphere where I felt as if I were experiencing the events myself. The stories in novel,the clever connection to historical events and the impact they had on real people are guaranteed to stay in your thoughts long after you have put this brilliant book down. A true work of genious - what a tale S.L. Swart
Rating: 5 / 5
by Tina Coetzee on 24 Jan 2014

I could not put this book down! The authors writing is so real, I could smell, taste and feel Africa in her writing and she did indeed take me home to the African bush. The uniqueness in her skill is exceptional, and I was captivated from start to finish. I would recommend this to anybody who is looking to be inspired by the content and form of an exquisite book.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Marie Stein on 15 Oct 2013

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