Dog Eat Dog

Front Cover
Kwela Books, 2004 - Fiction - 222 pages
21 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Dog Eat Dog (2013 edition)

User Review  - Lungisa - Goodreads

An easy read, just didn't enjoy this book as much as I did 'After tears', maybe I'm now used to his style or what he's writing about is not so relevant today. Read full review

Review: Dog Eat Dog

User Review  - Sam Beckbessinger - Goodreads

Interesting look at contemporary Joburg, but it's still a very badly written book. Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

20 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2004)

Niq Mhlongo is a journalist in South Africa.

Bibliographic information