The Book of Not: A Novel, Issue 9; Issue 99

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Ayebia Clarke, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 250 pages
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The much-awaited second novel from one of the most acclaimed Zimbabwean writers of her generation. Following on from Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not traces Tambu's continuing quest to redefine the personal, political and historical forces that threaten to destroy the fabric of her community. Dangarembga's authorial voice delves into the educational system, the liberation struggle and attitudes of contemporary Zimbabweans in an insightful and incisive examination of a system calculated to poison and destroy the African sense of self.

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Such as sad ending really.. - Goodreads
The book's structure is weak but the writing is sound. - Goodreads
For once, I felt an author handled an ending well. - Goodreads

Review: The Book of Not (Nervous Conditions #2)

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

This second book in the series is much more morally ambiguous than Nervous Conditions, where we find Tambu knitting dark green gloves for the white Rhodesian troops. This moral ambiguity makes it ... Read full review

Review: The Book of Not (Nervous Conditions #2)

User Review  - Hannah Burns - Goodreads

I agree that Nervous Conditions is difficult standard to live up to. This book has a very different tone to it, which is probably a good thing. We find Tambu in a strict Catholic school setting which ... Read full review


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Dangarembga studies medicine and psychology before turning to writing.

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