Monday, 23 May 2016

The subliminal theme of roots and family is what stood out most for me in Mohale Mashigo’s book that would take any reader – South African or not – on a life tour of what is the norm for most modern South Africans. That being, despite the career focused city lives that many cultivate, where and more specifically who you come from will always be the cradle of your consciousness. The books protagonist, Marubini, is an independent and successful city girl who starts to experience unexplained symptoms that remind her of the spiritual journey that her father took years back in the place of her childhood. After enduring seizures and frighteningly familiar voices of ghosts not forgotten, she returns home for a wedding and there learns the truth of her symptoms from her charismatic grandmother, Finally, she is able to submit to the yearning that her mind is forcing her to confront. Any reader could appreciate the ease of the inter-changeable traditional vs. modern scenes that are so uniquely South African in this book. Witty conversations and vivid flashbacks steer a story fused with equal measures of culture, sadness and life.
*Book sponsored by Pan Macmillan

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