This book was a short read but dreadfully disturbing. A young woman in south Africa qualifies as a dr despite crippling problems with periods as a teenager. Her passion to resolve racism against non south africans in the system causes tragic repercussions. Incredibly moving and heartbreaking but well worth reading as it is an eye opener for men everywhere in these times when respect for women seems to be paid lip service only.
Between the main character, her mother and her roommate the author was able to create a microcosmic representation of South African society today. It deals with a people that is still recovering from apartheid and also has to deal with an influx of immigrants from other African nations bringing out xenophobia.
This excellent story of a newly qualified doctor in South Africa is tightly written and claustrophobic. The horror and intensity of the first person narrative reminded me a little bit of Eileen, although the protagonist here is a far more sympathetic character. I can't say much more without giving anything away but the middle section is incredibly powerful and disturbing.
A well-written, harrowing story set within the claustrophobic confines of a young black female doctor's consciousness and harried work environment as postapartheid South Africa descends into xenophobic violence. I didn't end up liking the novel, though: both the limited point of view and the gratingly overt religiosity—which overwhelmed the latter third of the novel—sapped it of most of its power.
Some of you may have noticed today is a mega-bail day for me. ?? So I did the Kindle preview on this one before buying it and let's just say I'm a smitten kitten! The "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of South Africa" is right! ❤️
She's been called 'the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of South Africa,' which is more than enough to get my attention, and one month from today her latest novel – which examines postapartheid xenophobia - comes out. I'm stoked!