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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  13 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

Nelson Jekwa: young, black, privileged. Named after Mandela, his future blinks promisingly. Bored and high, he and his friends play a game of risk. But what starts off as some edgy fun, evolves, spawning an entire social movement. The g
Paperback, 189 pages
Published 2013 by Umuzi (RandomHouseStruik)
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Jun 15, 2013 Animeprincess rated it really liked it
This novel made me feel uneasy from the first two opening sentences. It continued to do so for the whole 192 pages. I’m a fan of Palahniuk and Staggie shows a lot of promise. I don’t think that I have come across an African writer trying the same tricks!

I didn’t like this novel, as much as I loved it as much as I don’t know! The writing is rhythmic and takes you to those places. It’s like he’s constantly taunting you to turn the page to see how more extreme he will go. And boy does he go extrem
Few people outside of South Africa, or indeed the Western Cape, or indeed under 30, will know much about Rashied and Rashaad Staggie, the author's uncles. At a time when the country was undergoing massive social upheaval and the transition to democracy was constantly on the verge of imploding, all eyes were focussed on the black townships where the situation was at its most volatile.

Scant heed was paid to the coloured* townships because it was traditionally accepted would not get involved becaus
Jun 14, 2013 Vega rated it it was amazing
Been carrying this book around with me for the past days and just finished reading it again. Wanted to shout it out to someone and Facebook aint cutting it, so I’m here. This is cool site by the way.

The first third of the book is slow as you watch Nelson wander pretty aimlessly around the City. Hes studying but he’s not really studying, he’s really just getting high, screwing girls even though he has a chick, but playing up the façade that he’s doing something. He wants to do something great on
Jun 22, 2013 Emilia rated it it was amazing
“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
― Edith Södergran

I was meaning to write this review for some time now as I read this book about 2 weeks ago. I've read it twice since then. I thought it was absolutely brilliant upon the first reading - raw, pulsing and arrogant, and I've not changed my opinion since then.

The author clearly has a lot of fire in him. He's also seemingly a risk-taker and willing to try new things. This you can only really admire. As someone who is no
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Jul 29, 2013 Soulja Abdul rated it really liked it
Wow! Reading risk is like being hit over the head with a bag full of drug paraphenalia! It's risque and ballsy and has a devil-may-care attitude.

It also tried to bring up a few issues. I think this kid is going to be like the enfant terrible of African fiction. We've needed one for years! I hope he keeps writing like this. Well worth the 4 stars.

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Jason Staggie studied Psychology at the University of Cape Town, and Directing and Screenwriting at Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.

In his relatively short life he has fundraised for charities in Ireland, taught English in South Korea, and made films in the Czech Republic and South Africa.

He has 4 main obsessions in his life - socially conscious transgressive fiction; the art movement flu
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