Harare North by Brian Chikwava

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The book Harare North by Brian Chikwava is not easy to read because of the particular writing style that he used. Although I recognized a few typical examples of the Zimbabwean way of speaking, I really did not feel that this particular style of writing represented any sector of Zimbabwe in general. Zimbabweans are known for their exceptionally high levels of literacy so the leading character narrating his story in broken english was strange. But the author did win a prestigious international writing competition so he obviously has reasons why he wrote like that.

Writing style aside, the book was a great read. It entwined humor, tragedy and  irony all in one go. Harare North refers to London UK and is thus named because of the high concentration of Zimbabweans working there. The book reveals the hardships and shame of leaving your home country to work as BBC (Bum Cleaners)…

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