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3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"A dark and terrifying novel presenting a mythical account of the development of evil through the history of Southern Africa."--Seattle Times. This ferocious new novel by one of South Africa's visionary writers is a post-colonial reimagining of the Book of Revelation--an unholy epic that reenvisions the catastrophic violence of European "civilization" as a hooded rider who ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published August 8th 1995 by Knopf
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Nerine Dorman
This reads as a sort of twisted Hero's Journey: a story in two parts that's a sort of post-apocalyptic myth playing out in southern Africa. The first concerns the youth who is wild and unsophisticated. All his father leaves him is a legacy of violence and a gun. He takes up with his twisted mentor, Madach, and they embark on a journey soaked in violence, death and senseless depravity. These are creatures ruled by their base passions.

Men see the youth's potential and seek to twist it to their own
David Bonesteel
I don't give many one-star reviews... Nicols misses no opportunity to endow his characters with bad breath, crusty nostrils, dirty teeth and any other repulsive characteristic imaginable, all of it described in loving detail. They wander through a nightmarish world of violence, poverty and sickness, both suffering and inflicting suffering on others, all told in a psuedo-literary style that is intended to signal us that something Frightfully Important is being related. Don't bother with it.
well written, just disturbing material although not over the top
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Born in Cape Town, Mike Nicol was educated there and in Johannesburg, where he began his working life as a journalist. During the 1980s he moved back to Cape Town and worked on the magazine Leadership for a number of years. Towards the end of that decade he published his first novel, The Powers That Be, resigned from the magazine and began what he calls "the scary life of a freelance journalist an ...more
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