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The Death of Rex Nhongo MOBI æ The Death  PDF/EPUB ² In Zimbabwe s capital, a gun left in a taxi brings together five marriages in this intricate and tightly plotted novelThis is the story of five marriages and one gunA British couple wonders at the unknowable city beyond their guarded compound while they build walls between themselvesAn American suspects his new home is having an insidious effect on his African queen and their young daughterAn enthusiastic young intellectual follows his wife to the city and finds only disillusionAn Intelligence Officer loses a crucial piece of evidence It will cost him his marriage, his girlfriend, and maybe his lifeAn impoverished taxi driver and his wife find a gun in the cab From this point on, all their lives are tied to the triggerIn this tender and brutal portrait of Zimbabwe, the betrayals and conspiracies of the corrupt world are nothing compared to those of marriage The short An interesting story about British expats and their relationship if any to Zimbabwe that kinda failed to deliverThe long The Death of Rex Nhongo s title seems to be about an important man in Zimbabwe, but his death isn t that important to the rest of the book It is a disparate collection of stories of a few men in Zimbabwe, mostly Patson, a poor taxi driver and Jerry, the husband of a woman working at the British consulate They get know each other a bit, and at the end of the stor The short An interesting story about British expats and their relationship if any to Zimbabwe that kinda failed to deliverThe long The Death of Rex Nhongo s title seems to be about an important man in Zimbabwe, but his death isn t that important to the rest of the book It is a disparate collection of stories of a few men in Zimbabwe, mostly Patson, a poor taxi driver and Jerry, the husband of a woman working at the British consulate They get know each other a bit, and at the end of the story Jerry gets to leave the country and resume his life back in England while Patson ends up in prison and dying for shooting a robber with a gun that may have been used to kill the titular non character It scomplicated than that, and there are a bunch of side characters, intrigue and things like that However, the main themes of the book are the relationship of expats and foreigners to the country and relationships, mostly marriages.The book hits home to me on one subject, expats Because of my love and study of Italy, I have run into a lot of what the people of the British consulate are involved in, badmouthing their host country As far as Italy is from Southern Africa, I ve heard a lot of weird attitudes and denigration of it because of some weird hangup about culture This is magnified tenfold when you re talking about a country that s far away, very culturally different and where almost every native is identifiable by the color of their skin I think the one scene that stands out most of all is the one where Theo, Jerry s infant son, is almost drowned at the consulate They aren t as upset about that as the prospect of Jerry, unbeknownst to him, admitting the husband of one of their caretakers because they don t know him They spout all sorts of racist garbage, but it s the type that s acceptable in company that knows being forthright with it is appalling.A large part of the actions in the story is the delicate dance of fidelity and trust in marriages and the toll they have on the children The main ones are Shawn s an American who seeks to profit off the country s corruption and loose regulations on mining eternal betrayal of his Zimbabwean wife, Kuda Patson and Fadzai, Mandiyevi a ruthless but idiotic intelligence officer and his supposedly professional distance from his wife Jerry and April, and Gilbert with Bessie They each go up and down with a strong inclination towards pessimism.Another thing I like is how the story is resolved, with everything going badly from Shawn s death to Patson going to jail, but Jerry escapes because he isn t of the country He doesn t have any personal investment in bettering the lives of the people there, and even if he volunteers to help others at a clinic, it s a drop in the bucket compared to the systematic disenfranchisement of the nation.What I didn t like about the book is twofold The first is that the pacing felt a bit weird sometimes, and it dragged on quite a few times There was no individual point in the writing that I didn t like, but I lost interest at certain points There was one thing that annoyed me is in the later chapters with Gilbert, he starts quoting Candide and other works I didn t think much of it to run into something like this in my younger years, but it irritates me now that I have greater experience and knowledge The second is that the book didn t seem to have a larger message rather than the tangled lives of these characters Well, it may have been look at how screwed up things are in this country I don t hold a lot of books up to this standard, but this one had some promise that I felt it squandered Still thinking about this Have been off line sidelined for a bit It feels like a win to finish a novel and perhaps be done with with short story project. The book opens as if it were a work of non fiction with an account of the mysterious death of Zimbabwean ex military chief Rex Nhongo in 2011 That political mystery is a haunting presence in the first two thirds of the novel, as the gun that we may infer shot the fatal bullets, and the shadowy figures who wielded it, appear at unexpected moments, in the back of a taxi, or sitting ominously in a bar But the book reads as a character study of four marriages in contemporary Zimbabwe, each sufferi The book opens as if it were a work of non fiction with an account of the mysterious death of Zimbabwean ex military chief Rex Nhongo in 2011 That political mystery is a haunting presence in the first two thirds of the novel, as the gun that we may infer shot the fatal bullets, and the shadowy figures who wielded it, appear at unexpected moments, in the back of a taxi, or sitting ominously in a bar But the book reads as a character study of four marriages in contemporary Zimbabwe, each suffering some variety of strain How much fun is it to read a novel about Zimbabwe About the only other books about Zimbabwe were written by Doris Lessing, whose family moved to the British colony of Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe to farm in 1925 This book is a lot of fun Don t miss it THE DEATH OF REX NHONGOC.B.GEORGE.Review by Ruth Hartley.Author of The Shaping Of Water Matador ISBN 978 1783061 990This is an exceptional novel that in my opinion beats anything written in Africa in the last 25 years Thank you C.B George.It s a hard book, unsparing in its unblinkered account of marriage, relationships and the desperate poverty of ordinary people in the corrupt police state and dictatorship that is present day Zimbabwe, nevertheless it managed to uplift me and make me feel h THE DEATH OF REX NHONGOC.B.GEORGE.Review by Ruth Hartley.Author of The Shaping Of Water Matador ISBN 978 1783061 990This is an exceptional novel that in my opinion beats anything written in Africa in the last 25 years Thank you C.B George.It s a hard book, unsparing in its unblinkered account of marriage, relationships and the desperate poverty of ordinary people in the corrupt police state and dictatorship that is present day Zimbabwe, nevertheless it managed to uplift me and make me feel hopeful It is very well written At no point does the author s language interpose itself between the reader and the story.The author writes with clarity and precision The plot and the structure are immaculately conceived but there is nothing either obvious or abstruse in how the story is set up It is a book about stoicism and questions how we live, love and survive The flawed characters engage you and make you care for them There is a child in the story who will terrify you and rend your heart.Voltaire s Candide comes into the story as a satiric underlining This made me smile wryly as I too have referenced Candide in my own novels It is impossible to guess the author s gender, race or nationality because the book is written from inside the characters regardless of whether they are men or women or children My supposition however, is that only a man would safely be able to access the necessary knowledge of people and places that feature in this book The choice of Rex Nhongo s death as a frame for the plot is brilliant.This is a book to be read by everyone in Southern Africa Don t miss it The Death of Rex Nhongo is framed as a thriller, but its primary value at least to me is the intimate portrait it paints of Zimbabwe today.The setting Zimbabwe s capital, HarareZimbabwe, as you are probably well aware, is a large nation that lies along the northern border of South Africa It s also one of the most poverty stricken countries on earth despite its abundant natural resources For decades, the country has been ruled by Robert Mugabe, who led its independence movement from the UK The Death of Rex Nhongo is framed as a thriller, but its primary value at least to me is the intimate portrait it paints of Zimbabwe today.The setting Zimbabwe s capital, HarareZimbabwe, as you are probably well aware, is a large nation that lies along the northern border of South Africa It s also one of the most poverty stricken countries on earth despite its abundant natural resources For decades, the country has been ruled by Robert Mugabe, who led its independence movement from the UK Now 92 years old, Mugabe is rud to remain as president only to camouflage the corruption and brutality of his colleagues Many observers consider the regime a thugocracy And that is the picture that emerges in high relief in this novel.The plot complex and full of surprisesA complex plot lies at the heart of The Death of Rex Nhongo The complement of principal characters includes two expatriate families, one British, the other American, as well as an extended Zimbabwean family and a thug who works for the Central Intelligence Organization that terrifies the populace The author skillfully draws together their numerous individual stories in a series of intersections that climax in a satisfying conclusion The action takes place after the death noted in the book s title, though the story manages to come full circle in the end Naturally, the plot is contrived, but it s a satisfying read.However, there is one really annoying element in this novel The author imagines the internal dialogue of the eight year old daughter of a highly educated African American family in what once was called ebonics Extended passages in italics are worded ungrammatically and full of spelling errors It s absurd.The author unknownThe background in this engaging novel is clearly based on fact, though the story itself is entirely fictitious The author, C B George, is the pen name of someone who has spent many years working throughout Southern Africa He is British and now lives in London The Death of Rex Nhongo is called a thriller but it isn t one that is typical It sof a philosophical novel with violence Set in Zimbabwe, it starts with a report of the death of a famous General from the Revolution, Rex Nhongo He has apparently burned to death at a ranch he expropriated In the next instant a gun is found by a taxi driver after it is left in his cab by a drunken government official However, the story is not about him His death just serves as an undercurrent of potenti The Death of Rex Nhongo is called a thriller but it isn t one that is typical It sof a philosophical novel with violence Set in Zimbabwe, it starts with a report of the death of a famous General from the Revolution, Rex Nhongo He has apparently burned to death at a ranch he expropriated In the next instant a gun is found by a taxi driver after it is left in his cab by a drunken government official However, the story is not about him His death just serves as an undercurrent of potential violence.The novel is actually centered around four couples An English embassy worker and her husband, the Zimbabwean taxi driver and his wife, her brother and his wife who works as a maid for the English couple, and a Black American and his Zimbabwean wife and daughter It is both the story of these four marriages and the tension and fear that makes up modern day life in Harare, Zimbabwe.In stark, sometimes tough language, the author shows all the weaknesses of these characters, how they interact with each other and the effect their moral and economic decisions have on their marriages and what effect life in Zimbabwe has on them It is a dark and strangely menacing novel but well written and hard to put down Writer really took the readership on twists turns, a worthwhile read picked up mint spanking new for 1 from dollar tree everything seemingly plausible TIA, this is Afrika in 1982 1984 folks i, visited newly liberated Zimbabwe, with bandoliered soldiery manning bunkers..on account that we re from the United States, soldiery let us pass recollect Afrikaans refugees saying why they shan t settle in Sud Afrika, the same thing that happened in Rhodesia will happen in South Africa, so we Writer really took the readership on twists turns, a worthwhile read picked up mint spanking new for 1 from dollar tree everything seemingly plausible TIA, this is Afrika in 1982 1984 folks i, visited newly liberated Zimbabwe, with bandoliered soldiery manning bunkers..on account that we re from the United States, soldiery let us pass recollect Afrikaans refugees saying why they shan t settle in Sud Afrika, the same thing that happened in Rhodesia will happen in South Africa, so we re going to Australia nowadays zimbabwe is the country where everyone s a bizzilionaire the bantus aren t native to Sud Afrika, neither are the Boers Englishers, all wettled cone of Afrika within the same generation only Hottentot or, bushmen, were native to cone of Afrika a primitive sustenance hunter gatherer society lived off the land like Highland Scots still eking out a living in the year 1000AD in the Scottish highlands their survivability skills were legendary Zulu, Boers Englishers, bloody exterminators of most Hottentot. I really enjoyed this book I will give a full review at a later date. This was also reviewed in the Times summer book review It is set in Zimbabwe Courtney and the death of Rex Nhongo is event around which the book revolves, but not core to the plot line The book isof a novel about relationships, cross cultural experiences mostly negative and the stories we tell ourselves about our lives Now I sound like a Nook review Let s just say there isn t a happy ending, but that makes it convincing, for the most part.The Times review pointed out that the au This was also reviewed in the Times summer book review It is set in Zimbabwe Courtney and the death of Rex Nhongo is event around which the book revolves, but not core to the plot line The book isof a novel about relationships, cross cultural experiences mostly negative and the stories we tell ourselves about our lives Now I sound like a Nook review Let s just say there isn t a happy ending, but that makes it convincing, for the most part.The Times review pointed out that the author s identity is a mystery, but clues point to someone who is probably British background who has lived in southern Africa I m not clever enough to even think of a list of suspects, but it adds a fun dimension

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