Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow-side lurking in its lap: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, hunger, hope and moments of happiness. This book therefore is an extraordinary and unsparing account of the coming of age on...more
Thankfully, I am not alone in my ignorance. My English lecturer also seemed somewhat mystified. As did the rest of the 3rd year English students. I think this is something of a failing, assuming the book had ethical/moral goals. If the reader is left nonplussed, I think they are also left unsure of how to ta ...more
- I start to feed off the light and begin to slowly forget my hunger. Grown-ups, this is how they teach me to be strong. I take in their light and destroy them with fire. -
- They are beautiful seagulls. They have white feathers that they look after and you never see a seagull that looks battered with dirty wings like some pigeons. Seagulls have pride, they always ...more
Set in Cape Town, this is a very grim look at an orphaned street child of 13 years old who attempts to survive in a gangster world that he should have no part of.
Although this book is depressingly disturbing, its an easy and quick read at its 164 pages, but is not one that doesn't leave a mark on you.
I enjoyed reading this, however the ending completely lost me. Was that a dream or did the book take a sci-fi / fantasy turn?...for the wor ...more
The 13 year old character goes through a lot of hardship and pain, the scenes make you stop reading and digest what actually happens and leaves you feeling fortunate to be living the life you're living. A brilliant book written by a seemingly troubled soul.
The first 2/3 of the book is a page turner, keeps you sucked in at a high pace as the thirteen year old boy survives and tricks the streets of Cape Town. Then the author bewilderingly throws you off guard at the end, paintings a surreal mind frame of the boy- interchange of fact and fantasy into maturity. Almost a reflection of K. ...more
This really isn't for the easily upset. Told from the perspective of a twelve/thirteen-year-old street kid, everything he encounters is put before you in its rawest form. Some of the experiences recounted by the narrator, Azure, are absolute horrors.
He suffered a nervous breakdown in 2004, prior to committing suicide by hanging himself in January 2005.