Dog Eat Dog

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Kwela Books, 2004 - Fiction - 222 pages
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Dingz is an average Wits student – struggling with money, partying with his friends, picking up girls, skipping lectures, making up elaborate excuses for missing exams. A bright, articulate guy, Dingz and his circle of friends sit around drinking and discussing current affairs – Aids, racism, South African politics and history – in between some hair-raising adventures, like being kidnapped by taxi-drivers, contracting gonorrheal or trying to fake a death certificate. A constant backdrop is the subtle and not-so-subtle racism of the university, which threatens to exclude him financially. This is an authentic, witty slice-of-life set at the time of the first democratic elections, full of interesting perceptions and vivid descriptions, and well-drawn and believable characters. Dingz is an interesting and plausible chap – intelligent and likeable, but no saint. His anger at racism is sometimes over-the-top but certainly not hard to understand, and his cynicism in using the race card is amusing. Sometimes he’s unpleasant, sometimes silly – Tippex-ing out an old name on a birthday card to give to his new girlfriend – but frequently charming. A complex, multi-faceted personality, with plausible flaws and strengths.

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User Review  - Jayne Bauling - Goodreads

This was published in 2004, but it is set in 1994, year of South Africa's first democratic election - and here I was reading it in 2014, twenty years on, just after our fifth democratic election ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lungisa - Goodreads

I really enjoyed After Tears and finished reading it within a few days. Not so sure about this one, but still reading..... Read full review


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Niq Mhlongo is a journalist in South Africa.

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