Bite-size Review: We Need New Names | NoViolet Bulawayo

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We Need New Names | NoViolet Bulawayo

Darling is an endearing protagonist with a narrative voice that adds vibrancy to the harsh circumstances which confront her and her friends, families and neighbours within the shanty province. You journey through the decrepit rotten paths of littered used goods, imagining the striking repugnant smell and the wonderful conflux of colours; especially when hunting for guava. However, once she immigrates to America, to be honest, it’s a disappointment page after page. Let me explain. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: We Need New Names | NoViolet Bulawayo”

Interview with Brian Chikwava on his novel ‘Harare North’

Brian Chikwava

For those who have not heard the name- Brian Chikwava – is the author of Harare North. His début novel Harare North, published in 2010, recounts the experience of Zimbabwean migrants squatting in the decrepit quarters of Brixton. Brian has developed a narrative style uniquely his own, his use of language is elegantly provincial, reflective of the sub cultural disposition of his characters. His short story “Seventh Street Alchemy” was awarded the 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing. Afrikult. caught up with Brian  in 2015 to chat about his work… Continue reading “Interview with Brian Chikwava on his novel ‘Harare North’”

Bite-size Review: Harare North | Brian Chikwava

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Harare North | Brian Chikwava

Now, I start this book thinking it will be like normal book, normal like African boy land in UK but struggle book. This book is normal but make your brain go turn on its head because it written in this kind of language. Zimbabwean street vernacular, you see? Sometimes you don’t understand what is happening because of words narrator use; foreign but specific to Zimbabwe street lingo. This book tells painful story of a young illegal immigrant boy without a name. His story be that kind of pain that makes you feel sad and angry. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Harare North | Brian Chikwava”

Bite-size Review: Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I must admit that before reading this novel I was originally sceptical due to my neutral fence against the ‘Chimamanda’ hype. Nonetheless, this book surprised me, and not just the good, gentle, ‘take your breath away’ kind of surprise, but the ‘oh-my-dear-God-did-she-really-just-write-this-I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-reading-somebody-slap-me-I’m-in-book-heaven’ kind of surprise. And I loved every moment – until the last quarter (we will come back to this). Americanah shares a story of two teenage lovers: Ifemelu and Obinze. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”