By: Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
With such a provocative title and even more provocative author, I was quite excited to hear that this book by the controversial, irreverent and irrepressible Kola Boof was available here in South Africa at Exclusive Books. The book was a page-turner, but for the wrong reasons.
“Abruptly curving through the jungle and the charred rubbed walls of what had once been Hembadoon, the capital city of the Gods, we came upon the spotlight; a brightly lit ocean of Ajowans and Oluchis, waving and chanting while up on the concert stage sat Sea Horse, his legs arrogantly cocked open as he lounged on his thrones surrounded by his hip-hop entourage and took drags from a marijuana stick.
Dear Eye, rage filled me up! Black evil-b**** rage!
The nerve of this motherf*****- treating me like some video hoochie he could just snatch out of a party! I could swear on a stack of Bibles that if I hadn’t been so shocked about being reunited with my brother I wouldn’t have stood there so agreeably. And if I’d had any clue what the crowd was going to end up doing to me that night, I would have run for my life and not stopped until I’d swum across the lake and made it all the way to my mother’s clinic.”
With such a provocative title and even more provocative author, I was quite excited to hear that this book by the controversial, irreverent and irrepressible Kola Boof was available here in South Africa at Exclusive Books. The book was a page-turner, but for the wrong reasons. Perhaps true to her writing roots as a soap opera writer (for Days of Our Lives to be exact),she produces a confused mashup of genres and themes such as sci-fi, erotica, black history, romance, religion, black magic, race relations and identity politics. The story is told through the eyes of Eternity Frankenheimer, a dark African supermodel, raised by white scientists who have been conducting a number of dubious experiments in Africa and become involved in a murder mystery. Eternity becomes an activist campaigning against skin bleaching and becomes entangled with the charismatic Sea Horse Twee, a polygamist, rapper and political leader of a nation emerging into political independence. All this, whilst she is engaged to a white British man. Not only was this was an ambitious plot which she failed living up to, but her writing was quite disappointing. I would only recommend this book as something to read out of curiosity, but not for its literary merit.
FURTHER READING/WATCHING (KOLA BOOF):
Find out more about the author in New York Times: “Who is Kola Boof?”.
For news right from Mzansi on Boof, read City Press: “Kola Boof: Zuma’s fancy or a spoof?”.
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