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Nervous Conditions (A Women's Press classic)
Nervous Conditions (A Women's Press classic)
by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Edition: Paperback

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars African feminism: excellent, provocative & uncompromising, 15 Aug. 2001
I thought this was a brave, original novel, with a clear-sighted, at times fierce, view of the world.
The novel gives the reader a chance to get under the skin of a Zimbabwean woman at the cusp of maturity, on the brink of making her way in the world - against the odds. Given that I'd never been to southern Africa or studied the socio-political history of the period (the 1960s and '70s), it came as a surprise to be so transported into another mindset and way of life.
Tambudzai's relationships with her family, especially her more Westernised cousin, were fascinating.
It's a very intriguing novel, which I'd recommend to anyone. As well as being a compelling read, it really gives you the chance to learn about - and experience vicariously - another time and place.


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