Greetings fellow books lover's!
Our monthly contributor, had fun with Zakes Mda's book titled; Sometimes there is avoid, Memoirs of an Outsider.
This is what was shared; Its almost impossible to share brief thoughts on a book that is more than 500 pages,I rarely read thick books, but when the author has a srnse of humour followed by a spicy & salty usage of story telling then its worth it.
Mda takes us thorough his memoirs in the most irresistible manner. From girlfriends, to wives, ex's and all in between. How does one summarizes their lives without holding back? I wondered when I started reading the book.
From the first 100 pages, it was a struggle to keep up and like the author. But his writting struture/style grew on me. I mean at first I thought oh well there we go again, a man writing about women vulnerability but then it's proven otherwise.
The book makes one feel as if the author is standing opposite them. It has no sense of shying away from certain topics. I must say that very few people (particularly men) can openly share their life journey with such detailed information. Every character captures one through a tale worthy of delights. One of the characters (Mpho) sounds like she's taken from a fictional movie, but she's real and honestly speaking a force to reckon with. It's either you love her or don't, until you start worrying about her extremeness. If this is what honesty writes and reads like then we can learn a thing or two.
It must be noted that this is my first read of Mda, but as from today will get all his books. The author has gained one more fan. Motlatjo. A. Mabeba Notes to Readers; It was first published in 2011 by Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd. The selected edition was published in 2013. Cover design by Michael Botha and cover photograph by Jim Shirey
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