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The Madams

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Thandi loves her life. She loves her cute son Hintsa, her witty husband Mandla, her comfortably challenging work with the tourism board, and her best friends Nosizwe and Lauren. But she has to admit – its tough being Superwoman in South Africa today. Try being the perfect traditional wife and African mother at home, the perfect promotable black woman at work, and the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Struik Publishers Pty Ltd (first published 2007)
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Kari
I found this book delightful! I mean it is not much of a labor women's studies book if you are looking for something heavy in the labor area. This is why I liked this book because I like themes in my books being subtle. This book examines three South African women's lives, all madams, all women who work and employ maids.
This book demonstrated what it means to live in a society which heavily values class and race, and it also shows that they are not the same thing. At times the book takes the re
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Linda Ogoti
Aug 25, 2011 Linda Ogoti rated it liked it
This was a good read. Zukiswa ventures into territory most african authors dont touch. writing in contemporary african context. we are all afraid (even those aspiring to be authors) to write our stories based on the surrounding we grew up in, mostly because our fore-runners write about traditional africa where civilization was unheard of.

I totally relate with her story. Thumbs up!!!
Jandy Kanini
Sep 13, 2014 Jandy Kanini marked it as to-read
Very funny already.
Richard
Nov 02, 2007 Richard rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Madams and maids
Mildly Confused by The Madams

(Why do you insist on provoking me?)

Dear Zukiswa,

I have white servants. They’re from Bulgaria and they’re mine two hours a week. They come in at 8.30, reduce our chaos to neat, little piles, clean around them, and then leave quietly. I don’t think either of them is sleeping with my wife, and I’m convinced neither of them (they’re a married couple) has any desire to sleep with me. However, if I were to impregnate Danica, I’m pretty sure my wife would not travel to Sof
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Phillipa
Apr 05, 2014 Phillipa rated it it was ok
Shelves: south-african
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Tiah
Oct 12, 2014 Tiah added it
- I am tired of having to be a Superslave at the office, a Supermom to my son and a Superslut to my man. I am tired of the fact that if I so much as indicate that I need 'Me' time, I have somehow fallen short of the high standards set for me as a modern woman. -

- Although she loves children, I do not quite understand why Lauren had four of her own. When she is reading a good book (which is more often than you know), she shuns motherly responsibility entirely and gives the children to her maid,
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Star
Dec 10, 2012 Star rated it did not like it
I don’t know much about South African culture and I was looking forward to getting a look into the lives of the three women who were the main characters. I wasn’t drawn into the story and I wasn’t able to connect with the characters or their situation at all. Unfortunately, this was a “Did Not Finish” for me.
Zookey .
Nov 17, 2010 Zookey . rated it liked it
Zukiswa Wanner's Madams was my introduction to having a fond relationship with South African Chic-lit. I identified myself in this unique friendship outlined in the book and it made me laugh and ponder at the same time.
Tseli
Apr 11, 2011 Tseli rated it really liked it
A really funny tale that definitely hits home. Rarely have I seen myself reflected in a book as clearly as this. Very accessible and an enjoyable read.
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