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The Denials of Kow-Ten by Jenny Robson
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Jun 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopia, fiction, foreign, teen
Read in May, 2011

While this book was really hard to get ahold of, being over ten years old and published in South Africa where the market is not particularly prone to keeping titles around for an extended period of time unless adopted by the school system, I really liked it. The first series of scenes in the prologue are brilliant, showing the stratifications of class and race in South Africa through little snippets of different lives at the same time as a momentous occasion. The rest of the book is good too, but becomes a little more expectable as the reader is moved into a future where the intellectuals have withdrawn from the general populations, as is suggested by Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. While this is a somewhat typical dystopian story, the re-centering of the world in South Africa and the way the particular issues of that place are incorporated into the story are fascinating.

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