on 24 January 2002
This is an extraordinary book. The central characters are compelling, and the Cape atmosphere is stunningly evocative. It is a book written with great love. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is how tragic events and circumstances are lifted by humour and affection, so that one is left rejoicing rather than depressed. Read it, for its own sake, and to gain a more real picture of South Africa in dark times than any work of non-fiction can give.