Zebra Crossing Book by Meg Vandermerwe
Zebra Crossing Book is first book of 2017 that I read and what a great start. The novel draws me from the first line and I never felt bored till the end.
Quotes from The Zebra Crossing Book
Fear is a sharp word. It makes your tongue bleed.
“Tell me, learners, what is a border?”
Talking with Reader
There are lots of novels who talks with the reader. Like The Book Thief and Summer Sisters. But only some do justice with the narrator’s voice so perfectly.
Zebra Crossing is one of them.
Narration is as aerodrome point out :
Vandermerwe’s style is measured and unadorned, yet deeply affecting. She captures ordinary, quiet and intimate moments of city life – often glimpsed by Chipo from her window perch, or observed in her brief and infrequent forays outside the apartment building – imbuing them with poignancy.
An albino girl named Chipo (meaning: Gift), leads the story with her game of rhyming words. When I was reading the book, Chipo got all the sympathy. But after finishing the book, I realised that there are more characters in the book that are more worthy than I thought. Like George, David and Jean-Paul.
The book reminds me of the narrative of Oystercatchers
Story of Zebra Crossing Book
Let’s talk about story first, so George and Chipo crossed the border and reach Cape Town, South Africa, where Football World cup is organised this year. Here they find out that S. Africa does not need any outsider. But with the help of George’s friends, they George find a place to live and a job. Life settles and then starts murmuring that S. African will throw out all the outsiders as the World Cup ends. This news shakes many people in many ways. In between Chipo grows and try to impress David. But in doing so, she takes some wrong turns and finds out what she does not need to know. The end is depressing.
Book talk about racism, Albinism, LGBT and other sensitive issues. But it all never went out of direction and seem pretty according to the story. Read this blog post.
Overall I like the book.
And you intended to read more of south afrcian writer, OnlySouthAfricaBook can recommend some good books.
Blurb of Zebra Crossing Book
Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young Chipo has been called many names, but to her mother — Zimbabwe ’s most loyal Manchester United supporter — she had always just been Chipo, meaning gift. On the eve of the World Cup, Chipo and her brother flee to Cape Town hoping for a better life and to share in the excitement of the greatest sporting event ever to take place in Africa. But the Mother City’s infamous Long Street is a dangerous place for an illegal immigrant and albino.
Soon Chipo is caught up in a get-rich-quick scheme organized by her brother and the terrifying Dr Ongani. Exploiting gamblers’ superstitions about albinism, they plan to make money and get out before rumors of looming xenophobic attacks become reality. But their scheming has devastating consequences.
I wanted to write a long review but I am tired.
Thanks For the Reading.