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London - Cape Town - Joburg

London Cape Town Joburg I would ve been able to live like this if Zuko hadn t been born London was good Is good I love London But The world is about to change The first truly democratic election in South Africa s history

  • Title: London - Cape Town - Joburg
  • Author: Zukiswa Wanner
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  • Page: 159
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  • I would ve been able to live like this if Zuko hadn t been born London was good Is good I love London But 1994The world is about to change The first truly democratic election in South Africa s history is about to unite Nelson Mandela s rainbow nation at the ballot box And, across the world, those in exile, those who could not return home, those who would I would ve been able to live like this if Zuko hadn t been born London was good Is good I love London But 1994The world is about to change The first truly democratic election in South Africa s history is about to unite Nelson Mandela s rainbow nation at the ballot box And, across the world, those in exile, those who could not return home, those who would not return home, wait Watch and wait .LondonMartin O Malley isn t one of those watching and waiting He is too busy trying to figure out if Germaine Spencer really is the girl for him and why his best friend is intent on ruining every relationship he gets involved in And then And then Germaine is pregnant and suddenly the world really has changed for Martin O Malley.South AfricaA land of opportunity A place where a young black man with an MSc from the London School of Economics could have it all, would have it all But what does Martin O Malley, London born and bred with an Irish surname, really know about his mother s country His motherland A land he has never seen.

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    1. Zukiswa Wanner

      Born to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother in Zambia, Zukiswa Wanner is the author of the novels The Madams 2006 , Behind Every Successful Man 2008 , Commonwealth and Herman Charles Bosman Award shortlisted Men of the South 2010 Her two children s books Jama Loves Bananas and Refilwe will be out in October this year As an essayist she has written The Politics of Race, Class, and Identity in Education guernicamag blog 3429 d 2011 Mail Guardian s book of Women Introductory essay , Being a Woman in South Africa bow2011 essays on bei She co edited Outcasts a collection of short stories from Africa and Asia with Indian writer Rohini Chowdhury in 2012 Wanner is one of 66 writers in the world with Wole Soyinka, Jeanette Winterson, and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, among others to write a contemporary response to the Bible The works were staged in London theatres and at Westminister Abbey in October 2011 66 Books 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible s proceeds benefit disadvantaged art students.Wanner co authored A Prisoner s Home 2010 , a biography on the first Mandela house 8115 Vilakazi Street with award winning South African photographer Alf Kumalo as well as L Esprit du Sport 2010 with French photographer Amelie Debray.She is the founder of ReadSA a writer initiated campaign to get South Africans reading African literature with a particular emphasis on donating locally written books to school libraries and where unavailable, start libraries and was in the inaugural writing team for first South African radio soapie in English, SAFM s Radio Vuka She has been a regular participant at the prime literary events in South Africa, Time of the Writer, Franschhoek Literary Festival and Cape Town Book Fair and has also participated in literary festivals in England London Book Fair , Denmark, Germany BIGSAS Festival of African Literature , Zimbabwe Intwasa Arts Festival , Algeria Algiers Book Fair , Norway and Ghana Pan African Literary Festival In addition to this, she has conducted workshops for young writers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Denmark, Germany and Western Kenya.Wanner has contributed articles to Observer, Forbes Africa, New Statesman, O, Elle, The Guardian, Africa Review, Mail Guardian, Marie Claire, Real, Juice, Afropolitan, OpenSpace, Wordsetc, Baobab, Sunday Independent, City Press, Sunday Times.

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    1. If ever there’s a book on our shelf that holds the record for Longest Actively Read Book, it is Zukiswa Wanner’s London – Cape Town – Joburg. Read over an entire month, we picked it up the week after the last @nerdafrica book club meeting, where the group had so much fun going over the topics in the book that we grew green in envy and figured that the only way to flush that was to read it.Having owned the copy for over a year, we didn’t like the cover much, and after reading a few ch [...]


    2. "Having owned the copy for over a year, we didn’t like the cover much, and after reading a few chapters was convinced that the storyline was a little too obvious. But also, after meeting Zuki a year ago we somewhat wanted the feeling of humble to wear off a little, not wanting the impression she left om us to cloud our judgement. This, I dare say, was a mistake on our part, because even though we weren’t enthusiastic about where the story was going, the language was so relaxed and relatable [...]



    3. The story follows the intriguing lives of husband and wife, Martin and Germaine and their son Zuko. . The couple's love story and near perfect marriage begins in London progresses to Cape town and then to fast paced post liberation Johannesburg. We are let in on their experiences with extended families, friends , communities and countries. A gripping narration that covers themes of sexuality, race, family, trust, love, marriage, parenting, business, career, art betrayal and death. Not only a bea [...]



    4. Excellent read, it was impossible to put the book downThe book starts with the Germaine and Martin’s marriage in crisis after their teenage son, Zuko kills himself in their Johannesburg home. Zuko’s suicide drives a wedge between Martin and Germaine and one wonders if their marriage will survive. As you continue reading the story travels back in time to London in the summer of 1994 when Martin and Germaine first met. Martin is still nursing a break-up from a girlfriend he believed was the lo [...]


    5. This is a story about a mixed-race couple’s move from London, to Cape Town and then to Jo’burg. It is told against the backdrop of the social, economic, and political changes that came about after the birth of democracy in South Africa in 1994. It touches on the themes of love, race, identity, politics, morality and ignorance (among others). The novel follows the experiences (told through narrations) of Martin O’Malley, a UK – born son of an exile with an adopted Irish surname; Germaine [...]


    6. This book was worth the day long investment I put in to finish it in one sitting. I loved the characters and the progression of the story. London was romance, Cape Town was building the life together, and Joburg was where everything went to shit. This book puts you on a journey following the lives of an interracial couple, a black South African man and a white British woman. The first half of the book is all romance, and it would have bored the shit out of me if it weren't so well written and th [...]


    7. Quite a good read and interesting, however the last few pages were the shock that I wasn't prepared for and didn't really want. However I guess they were really the point of the story.


    8. Interesting book by an author who lives in Kenya! its a story about race, about love, and family.It broke my heart towards the end. the author is obviously talented. she weaves herself a story and gives the protagonist character in spite of their racial differencesThe book broke my heart towards the end but then again which book doesn't.Its portrayal on love was a bit unrealistic. Germaine and Martin's marriage seemed so ideal to a faultAbout the author; Zukiswa Wanner (born 1976) is a South Afr [...]


    9. The prologue was heart jerking, and I was tempted to go turn to the last few chapters to read Lil Cadre's note. But I'm glad I didn't. The story unravels itself in three different cities, following Martin and Germaine in their journey as lovers and the obstacles they face. You are left to wonder if their marriage can take on the most heart wrenching blow they are felt with.Like one reviewer highlighted: in London it's all romance. In Cape Town we see Martin and Germaine grow into their relations [...]


    10. Tragic end to such a fairy tale. The end made me go back to beginning and re-read Germaine and Martin's monologues. Very curious still about what was in the letter? What did Zuko say to his dad that had his mum have hatred for him? The theme around the need for family belonging exposes the blindness that comes with it? Is family and the need to fit in, belong, be anchored somewhere supercede all else?


    11. Ok. First off, the beginning and ending of this book is heart wrenching . Blissful moments in between, all the same. Zukiswa Wanner is now the latest addition to “my favorite authors” list



    12. The book caught my eye at a local bookstore because the cover of the book is the skyline of each of the three cities it describes, and I found my copy at the Sandton Public Library.The story opens with Germaine Spencer, wife of Martin O’ Malley, mother of Zuko Spencer – O’Malley grieving and furious over the death of her thirteen year old son who has taken his own life. She finds him on his birthday dead in the bathtub with his wrists slit and a suicide note addressed to his father in his [...]


    13. I really tried to love this book :-( I really couldn't find any meat to bit into. It starts really well then just goes on and on and on mixing a little bit of chicklit and some race issues, some politics but never any single issue or issues to anchor it all together.


    14. - So she is an arty type. I've always assumed that lot are all flower children with vacuous looks in their eyes from too much marijuana; straggly bad hair because they are too busy pondering on 'art' to shampoo, condition, and go to the salon; and wearing tie-dye outfits made of natural fibre because anything else is 'cruel to animals.' I guess I was wrong. - - 'Incidentally, anything you don't eat?' 'No,' she answers. 'You an throw me in with the dog and cat eaters and I won't starve. You can a [...]


    15. Very well narrated story, loved both characters and their voices. A bit too idealistic and unrealistically romantic which is perfect because I cannot wait to find out their next lovely stories. I could not help smiling during the first half of the book and I loved how accurately she describes the locations and colors of the places. Gugulethu, for example, is absolutely a vibrant township and it only made me happier when she described the culture shock about paying for her own parking space to a [...]


    16. I love Zukiswa’s writing. I like how the story is told refreshingly from Martin and Germaine’s point of view. I even like how the book is segmented in short chapters as this made it easy for me to read it in small bits between life interruptions – and you are made aware of life’s interruptive nature only when you are holding a good book in your hands.I had only three issues with the book renee/renatta-the-na


    17. A perfectly mediocre book. It offers an interesting perspective on SA politics of the last 20 years, but the personal narrative is unconvincing to say the least. Stilted dialogue, plodding structure and a steady drip of trivial details, characters introduced and plot points activated for ultimately no reason all seeming to foreshadow some future drama, but the real drama is tacked on in the most unsatisfying, thematically irrelevant way. Disappointing.


    18. Was both angry with the author and relieved by this book. Angry with the almost gratuitous shock at the start, relieved that the novel didn't quite ring true and hence I could distance myself slightly from upsetting emotions. Having said that it was still a good read and had some insights into race in the "new" South Africa.



    19. Fantastic read. Loved the flow of the story, and the random twists and turns. You know how it's going to end, but you're still surprised when that ending comes




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