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Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch by Chris van Wyk
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Apr 23, 12

Read from April 03 to 22, 2012

Ostensibly light reading, about a coloured boy growing up in Johannesburg in the '80s. Occasional mentions of the apartheid system, however, function like sudden barbs in an otherwise typical boyhood memoir and make you think about the perversity of growing up under that regime.
It was very interesting to read a South African account from the coloured side of the fence (I never knew, for instance, that coloured people kept Zulu housekeepers), and especially poignant as a pendant to the contemporary South African boyhood memoir from a privileged white kid (the "Spud" series by John van de Ruit).
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