Zululand Snow

Zululand Snow While Zululand reels under the blows of a lunatic s hammer half hearted schoolboy Craig s imagination ignites when he links an Anglo Zulu War letter his grandfather bequeathed him to his History tea

  • Title: Zululand Snow
  • Author: Ian Tennent
  • ISBN: 9780620622813
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • While Zululand reels under the blows of a lunatic s hammer, half hearted schoolboy Craig s imagination ignites when he links an Anglo Zulu War letter his grandfather bequeathed him, to his History teacher s mesmerising tale of the lost inKatha, The Soul of the Zulu Nation.However, in his feverish quest to find the relic he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events whiWhile Zululand reels under the blows of a lunatic s hammer, half hearted schoolboy Craig s imagination ignites when he links an Anglo Zulu War letter his grandfather bequeathed him, to his History teacher s mesmerising tale of the lost inKatha, The Soul of the Zulu Nation.However, in his feverish quest to find the relic he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events which disturbs the dark equilibrium of forces in his hometown forces both past and present, and steeped in malice As chance encounters with his History teacher become alarmingly frequent, events explode when the boys clash with caddies from the local golf course, the malevolent greenkeeper makes a sinister threat and the finger of suspicion drifts towards a friend s father when the lunatic s hammer falls once again.Set in a small town in Zululand during the turbulent summer of 1983, Zululand Snow is the tale of a boy searching for a way to bring a glorious past back to life It s a tale of history and imagination, of folklore and legend, and the gravitational pull they exert on the marrow in a boy s bones.

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    1. “Zululand Snow” is both a trip back to a more innocent time and a visit to some of the darknesses that reside in South Africa’s history.Craig Cruikshank, you see, is the boy that I was 25 years ago – the boy who took sunshine and friendship for granted, the boy whose language was peppered with “flip” and “takkie” and “klap”. But also a boy who read about a vicious killer who travelled from village to village, hammering victims to death. And a boy who’s interest in the Natal [...]

    2. Zululand Snow is a superb piece of literature. Ian Tennent is a master of his craft and his writing is pure poetry. I was so enthralled by his words that I almost lost the "plot" which is a wonderful adventure story that would appeal to any audience. I look forward to another book from this author. Highly recommend.

    3. “Books are like fire,” he used to declare when he was alive, “they need air to live. Give them air, especially at night; the air’s fresher and they burn brighter.”Ian Tennent’s debut novel, Zululand Snow, burns brightly with the innocence and “half-belief” of a South African childhood, full of imps, witch-doctors, the ghosts of Zulu warriors, omens and killer crocodiles. In a thoroughly South African voice, the story follows three school boys as they hunt for the long lost Zulu t [...]

    4. What an awesome book! Apart from an abrupt ending which I presume picks up in Zululand Gold, I read 3/4's of this book in 1 sitting - yes, that is how much it intrigued me. Craig, a primary school student, is determined to find a Zulu treasure, with and without his best friend Sean and newcomer friend Hannes. Cricket; History; "witchdoctors", crocodiles, Cyclone Demoina and murders are expertly woven into a most enjoyable read using descriptions that made me stop, taste, reread and savour them!

    5. Having grown up on a farm in Natal during the 70's & 80's this book resonated deeply with me. The imagery and descriptions were so clear and vivid that I could almost taste and smell my childhood. Thank you Ian Tennent for transporting me back to a very happy time in my life. Looking forward to reading your next book!

    6. What a beautifully written tale of childhood in South Africa. Ian has such a way with words that he brings the beautiful setting of Zululand to life with every page you read.

    7. About thirty years before the end of the last millennium I was old enough to have a buzz-bike. It was a 50cc Yamaha. My brother had a Honda, also 50cc. Being the sons of an unemployed widowed-too-early mother with a modest widow's pension, for two adventurous teenage boys the attainment of these magnificent machines had not been easy. We celebrated the freedom and mobility thus attained by spending our weekends and vacations scooting across the dirt-tracks and secondary roads of what was then ca [...]

    8. Craig, Sean and Hannes are 3 rather typical boys of their time - growing up in a fictional town in Zululand in the 1980's. Full of gusto and spirit they conquer the bush with their BMX bikes and seek adventure of the rather historical kind. They deal with imaginary but also some very real threats in the process resulting in a fast paced adventure of note.I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. One of them is without a doubt that I can place myself in the time frame with ease. I grew up w [...]

    9. What a great book! I've just closed it a few minutes ago, so the closing passages are still running around in my head.The experience begins right from the first sentence, which I give you here: "Up ahead, bullet-grey clouds muscled in from the east, flexing their knuckles like giant fists spoiling for a fight."Just that there is one of the many gems sprinkled through this book that give one pause for thought. I loved some of Tennent's similes and metaphors.Boyhood adventure gets mixed with Zulu [...]

    10. The story revolves around three young boys growing up in the small (imaginary) town of Kwaduma in Zululand and what they get up to during one particular summer holiday - all written in such a way I could literally taste, smell and feel the place! As to the plot? Well, take some Zulu history, throw in a historical artefact, mix it with life in a "white" rural town, plant a villain or two, add the three boys, top it all with a sangomad there you have it! Not only well written, but also well resear [...]

    11. Zululand Snow is exceptional. Part Spud and part National Treasure South African Edition, it follows Craig and his friends Sean and Hannes as they search for the long lost Zulu inKhata on the golf course that is their home and playground, avoiding Lappies, the constantly angry groundskeeper and groundings from their parents.The story is filled with beautiful imagery from start to finish, and I kept having to stop myself mid-sentence to reread some gorgeous piece of description or another.If I we [...]

    12. I got this book as a Giveaway.The story is about Craig and his friends Sean and Hannes who live in Zululand in the 1980's. In their summer holiday they start searching for an old Zulu treasure, while their village is threatened by a serial killer and a tropical storm.For me, the book had a bit of a slow start, mainly because of the cricket match. But after that, the book was really nice and I finished it in no time. The cricket does give more depth to the characters, which is something the book [...]

    13. A charming adventure story about three schoolboy friends in Zululand. One of them finds a letter referring to an old Zulu relic, reported to have been hidden in the area after the Boer War. Of course, being curious boys, they have to discover its current location. This leads to many hours of summer escapades in the bush, forest, cane fields and the local dam. The story has elements of terror, intrigue, drama and suspense, as all good adventure tales should.It is well-written by an author who obv [...]

    14. This was a great book to help me get out of a reading slump. Especially after reading a couple of books that just didn’t do it for me. The author captures your imagination and takes you along on an adventure with the boys. It follows a schoolboy Craig who is enthralled by the Zulu history of the region and who is determined to find the lost inKatha, “The Soul of the Zulu Nation’. Of course lots of twists and turns happen along the way and you go on an adventure with Craig and his friends.I [...]

    15. I recommend Zululand Snow as an excellent light read. The title puzzled me as it has surely never snowed in Zululand, this is however clarified at the end. Although classified as YA this should not be restrictive as I thoroughly enjoyed it well beyond the bloom of youth. The three central characters are well developed and the book has all the ingredients to make for a good page turning adventure. The plot is bound in South African history and culture. I felt that some loose ends remained at the [...]

    16. Yoh! What an unbelievably brilliant book. I can't even. This book slammed me back into my youth with references that had me giggling like a school girl. The story is beautifully woven and depicts life exactly as it was then in South Africa. I also learned more about my country's history in two days than I had in 5 years of high school. Bryce Courtenay used to be my favourite S.A author but Ian Tennant has surpassed him with the beauty and grace of this novel.

    17. An adventurous story line that keeps one reading. I love the setting & what the three boys Craig, Sean and Hannes get up to. Ian's writing is superb and his imagery is very creative. I have also read Zululand Gold which I recommend. Both are excellent reads.

    18. It's an enthralling book, the author captures your imagination of the little town of Kwaduma in Kwa Zulu Natal. The references to ghost mountain resonated with me & my trips those parts of KZN. Alot of history of these parts of country were nicely interwoven into the storyline.(DNF)

    19. An excellent read. Tennent captures the curious mischief of a child in even the adult soul. Local places and history intertwined with folklore and the general holiday busy-ness of three young school boys makes for a captivating unfolding of an unexpected adventure!

    20. What a wonderful and enjoyable book! Ian Tennent's writing is so descriptive that I found myself fully involved with all the adventures that the boys went on.

    21. I truly loved Zululand snow! I've learned a lot about some of the history I never knew. I even learnt a few words I didn't know in Zulu so will have to try them out at work soon.

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