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Way Back Home

Way Back Home I Kimathi Fezile Tito do solemnly declare that I am a soldier of the South African revolution I am a volunteer fighter committed to the struggle for justice I place myself in the service of the peo

  • Title: Way Back Home
  • Author: Niq Mhlongo
  • ISBN: 9780795704789
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • I, Kimathi Fezile Tito, do solemnly declare that I am a soldier of the South African revolution I am a volunteer fighter, committed to the struggle for justice I place myself in the service of the people, The Movement and its allies.13 August 1986, AngolaKimathi Tito has it all As a child of the revolution, born in exile in Tanzania, he has steadily accumulated wealth aI, Kimathi Fezile Tito, do solemnly declare that I am a soldier of the South African revolution I am a volunteer fighter, committed to the struggle for justice I place myself in the service of the people, The Movement and its allies.13 August 1986, AngolaKimathi Tito has it all As a child of the revolution, born in exile in Tanzania, he has steadily accumulated wealth and influence since arriving in South Africa in 1991 But even though everything appears just peachy from outside the walls of his mansion in Bassonia, things are far from perfect for Comrade Kimathi After a messy divorce, accelerated by his gambling habit and infidelities, he is in danger of losing everything And now, to top it all, he s seeing ghosts Sometimes what happens in exile doesn t stay in exile.A caustic critique of South Africa s political elite from the author of Dog Eat Dog and After Tears both recently reissued.

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    1. Read the book in one sitting. Clearly well researched. Niq went into too much pains with getting the facts right. There is a scene of the drive from Parkhurst 4th Avenue to the Emmarentia dam. It seems Niq drove that same route when writing the book to ensure that he got all the street name right. I think wanting to get the facts right all the time took away some creativity in his scenes & images.I loved the illusion of suspense. I say illusion because the book revolves around a few characte [...]

    2. Brilliantly told story of Senami and Kimathi going back and forth between 1988 Angola and 2007 South Africa.Kimathi, a successful tenderpreneur in post-democratic South Africa, is plagued by dreams of a horrid nature, a dramatic ex-wife and associates from days of "The Movement" who, in their eagerness to build riches, stab him in the back.The narrative takes a huge turn to the left when Kimathi mysteriously falls ill and Niq takes us through a hazy maze of twists and turns bringing us back to w [...]

    3. For me the book is a lucid account of how the past and the supernatural can catch up with a person and make them account. Kimathi Tito the main character was a guerrilla freedom fighter initially based in Angola. He relocates to South Africa post liberation, and becomes an affluent tenderpreneur. He was at a point in his life where he thought , been there, done that - and then the wheels gradually began falling off. A well narrated and researched sequence of events. Mhlongo takes his craft serio [...]

    4. Niq Mhlongo has a style of writing that's his, whether it works or not. Sometimes I'd like him to challenge me with slightly more complex imagery, metaphor and dialogue, but he does 'simple' and it defines him. In Way Back Home, this simple narrative is accompanied by a rather impressive plot. The story for me comes alive when Khimathi Tito gives a lift to this mystery girl from the M1 highway off Rosebank, Johannesburg to Soweto. Niq doesn't glorify his main character and not at any stage do yo [...]

    5. This is a devastating story. It is dreadful in the true sense of the word, because the reader knows that something terrible is going to happen. It is a story of the camps in Angola during the liberation struggle for South Africa. The name Quattro will hang round the rainbow nation like an albatross until there is an exorcism. This is the story of how one individual needs to come to terms with what happened, trying to face the truth, being forced to take responsibility. It is a story of nightmare [...]

    6. "The Way Back Home" could be the background of many post-liberation social actors who play starring roles in the headlines of present day South Africa's newspapers. The so-called "tenderpreneurs" who make their vast sums of wealth from business dealings with the state and who display it with galling conspicuous consumption in one of the most unequal societies in the world. These agreements are brokered by circumventing the system of tendering that necessitates the acceptance of bids, that best s [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one sitting, it is a page turner. A simple read with an interesting story line. The book alternates between the past and the present, the living and the dead on the life of Kimathi Fezile Tito a former guerilla fighter. It is actually about how the past never completely remains forgotten and hidden, how the ghosts of your past can come back to haunt you.

    8. An amazing read with insight into the mentality of current day South Africa's political and economic elite, having lost touch with the original ideals of the ANC and opting instead for corrupt practices and quick riches. Some choice quotes from the novelp. 51: I know it may appear to you as if I've sold out my country because I drive this car and smoke Cuban cigars. But the nature of the world today is such that we have to survive and make moneyp. 107: The masses are a useless bunch who still vo [...]

    9. The story itself is quite fascinating and makes for interesting reading. I found the ending to be somewhat anti-climactic, as though the author ran out of steam and wrote down the first acceptable ending that he could think of.Having recently been spoiled with the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ngugi Wa Thiongo, I found this piece of writing to be somewhat unimaginative in terms of its style and imagery.Overall, an interesting story, but the lack of imagery and flair in the actual writi [...]

    10. Really enjoyed this book. Story line was fascinating and quick moving vacillating from present day corruption to comrades fighting for freedom-and how the two end up linked. The introduction of the supernatural gave the story a mystical twist that worked and brought in the native culture. Best novel of 2017 for me.

    11. Interesting in some respects. It deals with a lesser-known area of the South African struggle, namely what went on with the people in exile in Angola and Moçambique.

    12. Wow!I love how this story was narrated, however I believe some of the detail was wasted on me as it conjured no images of the things being described.

    13. A journey into the troubles of apartheid, I enjoyed the story from the start right through to the end. It's somewhat sad to actually think that there's families who have lived through such pain described in this book.

    14. Brilliant, bra Niq. The story that needs to be told. More people need to read this and think about how the revolution is today being betrayed by people who used to be comrades. Great story. Great characters. Good descriptions. Very engrossing nto read.

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