Troy Blacklaws s acclaimed debut novel is the remarkable story of a boy coming of age in the wake of tragedy When his twin brother dies in a freak accident, Douglas s life begins to unravel His mother leaves his father, taking Douglas with her to live in the Karoo region, a harsh desert landscape that is a far cry from Cape Town and the seaside life Douglas has always known In this small village that is wary of outsiders, he makes two friends who change his life forever a beautiful girl named Marika and an old man named Moses Immersed in rich language and vivid detail, and set against the backdrop of 1970s South Africa, Karoo Boy is the story of a young man finding his way in the midst of chaos and loss....
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media 9 April 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||214 Seiten|
|File Size||:||961 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Karoo Boy Reviews
A really marvellous book that captures all your senses and can hardly be put down. Simple, but poetic prose and a complex story told on less than 200 pages. Douglas, the first-person narrator, is never overcome by self-pity and tries to cope with his exile after his life as a twin is shattered. Many of his statements reflect feelings anyone who ever saw a loved person die will easily identify with. Furthermore, Douglas experiences death, violence, school bullies and racial conflict. On the other hand, the clever use of language and the author's sense of humor often make you smile although there is a melancholic air in the book that never fades. I really hope that this excellent book will find lots of readers and trust that Blacklaws will write more of this kind. If he doesn't: This one can be reread from time to time!
Dieses Buch zeigt die volle Farbpalette von Herrn Blacklaws' Vocabular. Es ist sehr detailvoll geschrieben. Jeder der ein Faible für gute Bücher hat sollte es lesen.A wonderfull book giving the reader a feeling of being in South Africa, but also having him feel a sense of tragedy in the beginning.
Once you start reading, you cannot put this book down. This book is truly a way for people to visit Africa spiritually and experience another culture. Blacklaws' rich and detailed imagery takes readers on a journey of their own; this is probably why Chris Martin the singer of Coldplay said the book was so colourful. To truly enjoy the adventure u must read it with an open mind.
This thoughtful coming-of-age story about being white in South Africa grabbed me from page 1. I loved the plot -- a boy whose twin dies in a freak accident, and the boy and his mother move to a God-forsaken town far from the beach town where he has grown up. He deals with bullying, racism, and a general sense of being "other" in addition to trying to cope with grief. It is a tender, gripping story with important insights into the world of Apartheid.I would have given this five stars except for the feeling that it was over-written. It seemed like every other verb was a made-up one to avoid adjectives or adverbs. At first, this practice seemed brilliant, and then grew a bit tiresome.
I have been reading fiction and nonfiction titles every February for BHM that feature racism in the U.S. This setting of South Africa captivated me because other than Nelson Mandela's autobiography, I hadn't read books in this setting, or with characters who spoke in the peculiar dialect of this story. But the racism was equally ugly as American racism, and the story contained equally heartbreaking scenes. A great story with fabulous literary style; the author is ingenious with using metaphor. A coming- of-age story I highly recommend.
This is so elegantly written! A young boy from an urban setting must move to a very rural environment after his father accidentally kills the boy's twin brother. The insight into the coping mechanism of this child as he grows up is touching. The prose made me stop and reread parts just because the words so carefully selected and tied together.
This book is simply written, yet the words drill into your emotions relentlessly. I am truly at awe and heartbroken for the characters in this book. I urge All south Africans with true heart and character to read this book and allow the emotions to flood through you. I am a normal 16 yr old guy and this book touched my soul. Read it.
The language in this simple coming of age story is stunning.