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There were three possible reasons given for the disappearance of the two hikers on Mount Nyangani: the treacherous terrain and climate, the banditos armados; the forgiving spirit called Chirikudzi. In David's case there was a fourth - that Clare might have killed him. Unable to remember exactly what happened on the mountain in Zimbabwe and trying to come to terms with the...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1993)
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This book came to me highly recommended but I found it both strange and disappointing. The book's central question is whether or not the main character pushed her lover off a mountain in Zimbabwe...and that question is never answered. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this unless you have lots of extra time or you're simply curious.
A bit tedious while describing each sibling's character traits but the story becomes more interesting and more captivating when Clare tries to recall what happened while climbing Mount Nyangani with her sadomasichistic lover. Her family needs to know, did she or didn't she push him over the edge?
Nenia Campbell
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Wow. That escalated quickly. And not in a good way, either.

I'll be honest, the only reason I made it to the end of the book was because I wanted to find out whether or not Clare had killed her lover, David. And you know what happens? A fucking cop-out. That's right. Clare is all, "I guess I'll never know, and have to live with the guilt of that for the rest of my life. Waaah, waaah, waaah."


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