Karoo Boy: A Novel

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Open Road Media, Mar 26, 2013 - Fiction - 210 pages
Troy Blacklaws’s acclaimed debut novel is the remarkable story of a boy coming of age in the wake of tragedy
When his twin brother dies in a freak accident, Douglas’s life begins to unravel. His mother leaves his father, taking Douglas with her to live in the Karoo region, a harsh desert landscape that is a far cry from Cape Town and the seaside life Douglas has always known. In this small village that is wary of outsiders, he makes two friends who change his life forever: a beautiful girl named Marika and an old man named Moses. Immersed in rich language and vivid detail, and set against the backdrop of 1970s South Africa, Karoo Boy is the story of a young man finding his way in the midst of chaos and loss. 

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South African-born Blacklaws's debut features an exotic locale and a tragic premise: Douglas and his mother leave their home in Cape Town, South Africa, after an accident during a family cricket match ... Read full review

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An extremely evocative picture of a boy's life in a small Karoo dorp during the last years of apartheid. Read full review


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platanna zone
nagapie eyes
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albino monkey
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Troy Blacklaws is a South African writer whose work uses the lens of his own boyhood to illuminate the reality of living under apartheid. After moving from Natal, South Africa, to the Cape with his family at the age of nine, Blacklaws learned the truth behind the divisions in his country, first as a student at Paarl Boys’ High and then as a draftee for the army, where he spent two bitter years as an objector. Shortlisted for the Prix Femina for Karoo Boy, Blacklaws is a graduate of Rhodes University and has taught at international schools in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Singapore. He now lives and teaches in Luxembourg. 

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