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Tsotsi [Paperback]

Athol Fugard , Jonathan Kaplan
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5 Feb 2009
Tsotsi is an angry young gang leader in the South African township of Sophiatown. A man without a past, he exists only to kill and steal. But one night, in a moonlit grove of bluegum trees, a woman he attempts to rape forces a shoebox into his arms. The box contains a baby, and his life is inexorably changed. He begins to remember his childhood, to rediscover himself and his capacity for love. Turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 2006, Tsotsi’s raw power and rare humanity show how decency and compassion can survive against the odds.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main ed edition (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847673317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847673312
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Extraordinarily moving Guardian * A real find, by one of the most affecting and moving writers of our time Financial Times * One of the best novels in contemporary South African fiction Times Literary Supplement * In lean yet lyrical prose...Fugard uncannily insinuates himself into the skins of the oppressed majority and articulates its rage and misery and hope New York Times Book Review * Powerful and disturbing. -- Simon Shaw Mail on Sunday 20090222 Outstanding ... Fugard sets his intense scenes before a palpable void ... one is left with an impression of both fierce instinct and fine shading. -- Stephanie Cross Daily Telegraph 20090221 * Powerful and disturbing. Irish Mail on Sunday 20090301

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New edition of this classic of South African literature

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4.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the Township 18 May 2009
By Sofia
Format:Paperback
Fugard's novel covers just over three days in the life of "Tsotsi", a township gang-leader in Apartheid-era South Africa, commencing with the evening a baby is thrust upon him. What follows is both a portrait of the precarious and dangerous nature of township life and a meditation on how hopes are dashed and lives irreparably damaged.

This is a relatively short novel, written in easy story segments. Fugard writes with both sympathy and quiet outrage for the fates of his characters. No one is dismissed or judged no matter how repulsive their fate or lifestyle. What makes this a compelling read is the attempt to see beyond appearances, to explain fates, to understand choices. Ultimately though, this is also what keeps this a four-star not a five-star novel. Tsotsi is a powerful character, lost in his dark, violent world. The baby triggers memories of a destroyed childhood, the baby offers redemption and yet there is something a little too obvious with this, something that jars: The baby is there in spirit rather than substance. The baby is the least real of all the characters (even the other baby) with no back-story or resolution and in the context of this novel, this inconsistency may irk you too. That said, this remains a worthwhile read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Glad i have read it but wouldn't read it again 30 Dec 2013
By RW
Format:Kindle Edition
This book can be very confusing at times, but if you persist it can get you to keep reading as it can fascinate you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An asborbing read 22 July 2013
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Best book I've read in ages. Beautifully lyrical in style and thought-provoking presentation of the underdogs of urban society. Loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars illiterate art 3 July 2013
By Eileen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fully expected highlighting and underlining but the several immature phalic drawings throughout the book made the book unsuitable to give to my granddaughter as a study book. I'm surprised the seller thought it was fit for passing on.
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