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Bitches' Brew

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Focusing on the epic love affair between a former amateur musician—who happens to be a bootlegger, mercenary, and killer—and a shebeen queen, this South African love story traces the couple's lives and loves through the interweaving of history and memory in the tradition of village storytellers.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Jacana Media
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Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Slaying Them With Peace

Dear Fred,

Have you ever achieved divine climax in unison with your beloved, only to have her suddenly break out in song – West-Side-Story style – waxing lyrical about the great sex you’ve just had, the breakfast you’re about to have, the Saturday shopping that needs doing, and the kids’ dental appointments?

I hope not. But that was the feeling I got upon sipping the dregs of your otherwise highly satisfying Bitches’ Brew. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to t
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
wow I got this book from the library, what an amazing experience to go back! the cover attracted me and the book did not disappoint. It is the story of Lettie and Bra Zakes. The writing style is very good, but this is also a very disturbing story. A lot of emotional and physical turbulence. No sugar coating here. Highly recommendable.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
a womans search for what it means to be a woman and to be happy and loved. some say ignorance is bliss but you dont know how false that is until you read this book. townships have many stories to tell
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
A (mostly) epistolary novel, told by a tsotsi/musician, and his young lover. Interesting look at township life in South Africa during apartheid years, and beyond. Reader be warned: Lots of violence and rough language.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Brilliant!, Fred is a writer par excellence!
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good work of fiction by a great writer...I am yet to read the sequel to this book. Fred Khumalo is the man
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A rather bland book for its author...
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
An engaging tale between a shebeen queen and a dying gangster who harbors a love for jazz. Soothing voice that made it a pleasure to read.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant literature, crude but just an excellent read. I felt like I was in an english class with an excellent teacher.
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was about time I read Fred. I thought I would like it and I did! Another copy is already on its way to a music fanatic friend overseas.
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Fred Khumalo is the author of the novels Bitches’ Brew, which was a joint winner of the 2006 European Union Literary Award, and Seven Steps to Heaven. His memoir, Touch My Blood, was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction in 2007, and his most recent book, #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants, was published in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, literary journals ...more
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