When Hazvinei was born, Tinashe knew at once that there was something different about her. Growing up in a rural Rhodesia still haunted by memories of the recent guerilla wars, Tinashe knows he must take extra care of his sister. But Hazvinei is a wild spirit and soon the village starts to whisper – dark talk of curses and spirits. Tinashe is prepared to follow his sister anywhere – but how far can he go to keep her safe when the forces threatening her are so much darker and more sinister than he suspected?
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A well crafted read with good tension. As the reader follows Tinashe along his quest to protect his younger sister Hazvinei, the narrative constricts tighter and tighter, until suddenly they, like he, are focused solely on her powerful, dark presence and what misfortune it might bring upon the boy and the world around him.
Very well written from a completely different perspective. Not the usual story about this time and part of the world. The Author relates the diffucult and different situations local people found themselves in during that time, all woven into an intriguing storyline.
The author is a wonderful prose writer, and I went into this novel actually wanting to like it. There were lovely descriptions of rural Zimbabwe but then... The main protagonist Tinashe is an African child who has an obsession with his 'mboro' (translated - penis: or is this the author's obsession). Whether or not this is a shock tactic by the author, it recurs pointlessly through out the novel. He sniffs his father's mboro, when he wakes up in the middle of the night -it's not a full bladder, it's his penis that wakes him, he compares penises with his friends and there are endless references are made of it. Then there's his sister, Hazvinei, who looks like a Monkey. Seriously, an African child who looks like a monkey in this day and age? She is born with sharp teeth, likes to bite people, is rude to the extreme but the African men find this monkey-girl extremely attractive. Of course they think their 'mboro' can cure her. Oh and her brother has an obsession with her mensural cycle...
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