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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A humorous and raucous story about a black college student in post apartheid South Africa trying to make his way through college during a very turbulent time in South Africa's history. Dog Eat Dog ... Read full review


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Niq Mhlongo is a journalist in South Africa.

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