[BOOKS] ⚦ Coconut ✰ Kopano Matlwa – Horsebackridingwisconsin.us

Coconut An Important Rumination On Youth In Modern Day South Africa, This Haunting Debut Novel Tells The Story Of Two Extraordinary Young Women Who Have Grown Up Black In White Suburbs And Must Now Struggle To Find Their Identities The Rich And Pampered Ofilwe Has Taken Her Privileged Lifestyle For Granted, And Must Confront Her Swiftly Dwindling Sense Of Culture When Her Soulless World Falls Apart Meanwhile, The Hip And Sassy Fiks Is An Ambitious Go Getter Desperate To Leave Her Vicious Past Behind For The Glossy Sophistication Of City Life, But Finds Johannesburg To Be Complicated And Unforgiving Than She Expected These Two Stories Artfully Come Together To Illustrate The Weight Of History Upon A New Generation In South Africa.

10 thoughts on “Coconut

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    I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is the story of our lives It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day It is boring It is plain It is overdone and definitely not newsworthy But it is the story we have to tellToo much humility in this afterword this text may not be pretty but it certainly isn t boring or overdone, and it s plain only in the sense of being true in the way that only fiction can be, a I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is the story of our lives It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day It is boring It is plain It is overdone and definitely not newsworthy But it is the story we have to tellToo much humility in this afterword this text may not be pretty but it certainly isn t boring or overdone, and it s plain only in the sense of being true in the way that only fiction can be, and unadorned by the leavening...

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    Kopano dared to talk about how us, the post apartheid black people of South Africa perceive what is important and what is not, in order for us to survive and prosper Sadly but true, the repressive colonial and apartheid systems we ve been under made us regard our languages and everything African as inferior We are black but propagate the Europe...

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    An excellent but disturbing look at the lives of two black girls living in post aparteid South Africa One has the support of family and money whilst the other has neither Both girls have dreams about making it in the world but to achieve those dreams there is an underlying pressure to fit in, to conform, to assimilate into the culture that gives the most opportunities, the white culture They aspire to be accepted into white society and reap the benefits The tension it creates while challengi An excellent but disturbing look at the lives of two black girls living in post aparteid South Africa One has the support of family and money whilst the other has neither Both girls have dreams about making it in the world but to achieve those dreams th...

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    Are You Getting White With MeRediscovery Blog Leg IX Cracking the Coconut with Dr Matlwa Dear Kopano,You are roughly half my age, yet somehow you have written a book that is unnervingly mature in its dissection of a theme that, in my opinion, is the placenta that feeds many of the world s great novels the quest for identity and autonomy To be quite honest, I was exp...

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    In every classroom children are dying It is a parasitic disease, seizing the mind for its own usage Using the mind for its own survival So that it might grow, divide, multiply and infect others Burnt Sienna washing out DNA coding for white greed, blond vanity and blue eyed malevolence IsiZulu forgotten Tshivenda a distant memory A coconut in South Africa is what s called an oreo in the United States black on the outside and white on the inside This story is about two different typIn every classroom children are dying It is a parasitic disease, seizing the mind for its own usage Using the mind for its own survival So that it might grow, divide, multiply and infect others Burnt Sienna washing out DNA coding for white greed, blond vanity and blue eyed malevolence IsiZulu forgotten Tshivenda a distant memory A coconut in South Africa is what s called an oreo in the United States black on the outside and white on the inside This story is about two different types of coconuts Ofilwe and Fikile two young South African girls who are seething with the rage of having no love for their blackness Kopano Matlwa has written this book in fast moving parts the first in Ofilwe s voice, while the second is written in Fikile ...

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    2010 20072010 2007Fake it till you make it

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    Having been called a coconut all my life, this book caught my attention immediately It captured the dual world influence that young Black South African s brought up in the suburbs and exposed to Westernised settings like ...

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    This was a 3 read for me.My thoughts This was a quick read once I got use to the author s writing style This book is divided into two parts each part telling the story of a girl in the post apartheid South Africa from different economic statuses the girls do not know each other and there is only one scene in the book where they unknowingly meet b...

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    At the very end of this book, Kopano Matlwa writes, I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is overdone and definitely not newsworthy But it is the story we have to tell I agree that the writing is generally not captivating, although at times it is very poetic I ran into some frustrations with the style, especially in the first half so much so that I almost stopped reading it But the first few pages of the second hal At the very end of this book, Kopano Matlwa writes, I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is overdone and defini...

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    Matlwa sorta captured this book in her self conscious dedication apology at the end I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is the story of our lives It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day It is boring It is plain It is overdone and definitely not newsworthy But it is the story we have to tell.Not because it s bad at all, but because it sacrifices traditional structure in favour of meaning, of trying Matlwa sorta captured this book in her self conscious dedication apology at the end I do not know how to make it pretty I do not know how to mask it It is not a piece of literary genius It is the story of our lives It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day...

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