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Reviews

KZN Literary Tourism reviews contemporary South African fiction and poetry.  Reviews are done by academics and members of our KZN literary community (contact us if you would like to review for us).  View reviews as articles or list.



Daughters are Diamonds – Honour, Shame and Seclusion – A South African Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 July 2007 08:53

“‘Honour killings’ suggest that the female is a symbol of her family honour, and that any marring of this symbolism requires that she (the symbol) should be ‘removed’. So then, the idea that women are linked with honour is not a matter of esteem; rather it is a gross project of objectification and the institutionalisation of control and exploitation of the human and moral rights of women” (Hassim, 2007: 46). This forms the backdrop against which Daughters are Diamonds is set.

While ‘honour’ killings (such as those prevalent in Pakistan and Iraq) may not be a feature in South African Indian Muslim society, traditionalist and patriarchal cultures still place a number of restrictions on the autonomy of the South African Indian Muslim woman. These include exclusion from secondary and tertiary education, the right to earn an income, and decision-making authority.

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The Wedding by Imraan Coovadia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 10:07

http://www.harvardmagazine.com/lib/02ma/images/b-wedding.jpgThe Wedding is a love story, of sorts, set in East, South and North. That is, set in India, South Africa and America. Through two narrators – Khateja, the “most beautiful woman in the world”, and her grandson, two generations later – the story of her marriage and voyage to Durban from Bombay is told.

Coovadia’s writing is funny, sharp-witted and unusual. Peppered with Indian names for food and people, his dialogue is so three-dimensional it leaps off the page. In fact, it is this razor sharp style which pushes the story forward, as we learn of Ismet Nassin, a humble, peaceful clerk who is hit on the side of the head (by an angel) and decides to marry Khateja, a feisty village girl.

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Kitchen Casualties by Willemien de Villiers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 10:01

The image “http://www.ipgbook.com/small/1919931120.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Kitchen Casualties is the story of four generations of women in the Cape Peninsula, woven into the course of a single day.

We hear, in four voices (Gloria, Ruth, Isabel and Morgan) about the lives of women in a changing country, about the often-complex relationship between mother and daughter, and about each individual’s coping mechanisms.

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