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Mhudi by Sol T. Plaatje
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Feb 22, 12

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Read in February, 2012

Apart from its historical status as the first novel by a black South African, this is an enjoyable historical novel, but not an especially outstanding one. The two main characters (who meet and become a couple in exile after a massacre of their tribe by a rival nation) are fun, especially the independent-minded Mhudi, but a little too noble to feel realistic. Despite this, it's not a black-and-white story of good and evil: it documents the uneasy alliances of the time between natives and the Boer, and even the Matabele 'bad guys' are humanised towards the end.

A strange detail was that 'tigers' are mentioned alongside the more usual African fauna, I'm guessing that this refers to leopards?
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