I don’t usually blog about things not photography related, but I need to tell you about this brilliant author that I know and admire, Rachel Zadok.
That day I walked into Exclusive Books during my lunch break, whilst working at The Barnyard Theatre, long before I plucked up the courage to pursue my passion and to create a career for myself in photography, I noticed from the corner of my eye, a book, titled Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok. I doubled back, picked up the book, in hope it was the same Rachel Zadok that I knew and adored, and low and behold it was.
I can’t tell you how excited and so very proud I was. In a way, for me, I was reconnecting with Rachel again, through her beautiful story (you must understand this was before the time of Facebook and Twitter, where finding old friends was not very easy at all, and definitely not done by merely pushing a button) I read the back page blurb, and just knew this was a story I wanted to read.
I bought my copy of GST right there and then, and forgot what I was actually looking for in the first place, besides I had no more money to spend, but… I had me a copy of GST, exactly what I was looking for, it turns out. It resonated with me, having had a mother who suffered, for most of my childhood, with severe depression, even to the point of being hospitalised a few times, and mostly leaving me to my own devices. My mom too, passed away, most probably from a broken heart, having not being able to deal with my brother’s death. She never spoke much or expressed how she felt.
I loved Gem Squash Tokoloshe, because somehow it felt a bit like my story, and came into my life at the perfect time, just as I started re-evaluating my behaviour and how I perceived my life, especially with regards to my mom and my ‘lost childhood’. Gem Squash Tokoloshe had a huge impact on me.
Then came Rachel’s second novel, Sister, Sister, Damn! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and waited very patiently for it to be released. It is, I have to say, one of my most favourite novels of all time, up there with Memoirs of a Geisha, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Night Circus and American Gods. I loved every single second I spent reading it. I climbed into to the story completely, from the first page. The narrative is poetic, the landscape is dark, but easily imagined, the characters complex, but easily recognised, and I felt a special connection to Sindi, her struggle to communicate and express herself, is something, I too, have battled with over the years.
I am no wordsmith, so I struggle to convey what I feel, yes, even in the written form. I have no fancy words or literary comments to offer you about Sister, Sister, but I can tell you this… I love reading, I love literature, I always have, and I LOVE Sister, Sister, It’s beautifully written and simply sublime. It’s a novel, that deserves to be read, and I’m pretty damn sure, will be thoroughly enjoyed and even adored.
You can pick up a copy of Sister, Sister from Exclusive Books and most good bookstores around the country, and from www.loot.co.za
Kwela Books, Rachel’s Publisher