BookBeginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and The Friday 56 - hosted by Freda’s Voice both host sites for Friday link ups, where we discover more books, and make friends. Both involve sharing excerpts from a current book - the beginning and - you guessed it - page 56.
So begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose's searing second novel. Responsive to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, the story follows a polyphonic course across a single day, culminating in a party and traces the fractures and connections of the city.
An irascible mother, a daughter trying to negotiate her birthplace and the people from her past, a homeless hunchback who takes his fight for justice to the doors of a mining company, a mining magnate, a man still haunted by his first love, the domestic workers who serve this cast and populate the neighbourhood, a troubled novelist called Virginia - these are the characters who give voice to the city on a day hot with nerves and tension and history.
Johannesburg is a profound hymn to an extraordinary city, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.
I've finished this one already. Here's the Goodreads blurb:
Johannesburg by Fiona Melrose
Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother's eightieth birthday; a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela's family prepares to announce Tata Mandela's death...
The perfect opening. Johannesburg, in December - this book plays out on a single day in 2013, when Mandela died - is renowned for its thunderstorms. So much atmosphere in two short sentences.
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Fascinating approach to the story. I like books with a strong setting/sense of place. Glad you enjoyed it.
This sounds fascinating. I'll have to check it out.
Oh wow, I literally read this book yesterday, in one sitting! I have so many South African friends here now I was dying to read about Johannesburg and just like you I really liked this book! I'll definitely go check out your review :) Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend!
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Juli @ A Universe in Words
I saw you featured this one earlier this week! Yes, I will look into it. Sounds super great and close to home.
Hope you have a good weekend Bev and here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/08/friday-meets-4-august-2017.html
Very interesting! Happy reading. :)
Lauren @ Always Me
Intriguing! This is definitely a different setting for me and I really love the sound of it. I haven't come across this one before and am adding to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!
Great excerpts and premise! I want to know more, now. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.
I'm happy you enjoyed it. The cover just doesn't appeal to me, so if I saw it on the shelf I would have passed it by. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. I have something yummy as always! http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsMTF
Such a poignant 56! I love it, and would definitely read this book! Happy weekend!
This sounds like one of those books that sinks its hooks into you. Thanks for sharing:)
My Friday 56 from The Forever Man
Sounds interesting although it isn't the kind of story I'd usually be drawn to. I have Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek this week. Happy reading!
Sounds like a good book. I want to go find out more.
Thanks for sharing the opening on BBOF! Although it would have been a fun coincidence if you had also shared The Nix!
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