What Will People Say?

What Will People Say Rehana Rossouw s unique voice gives life and drama to this family saga Hanover Park The heart of the Cape Flats It is Michael Jackson and Brenda Fassie rule every hi fi Princess Di and George Mic

  • Title: What Will People Say?
  • Author: Rehana Rossouw
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Rehana Rossouw s unique voice gives life and drama to this family saga Hanover Park The heart of the Cape Flats It is 1986 Michael Jackson and Brenda Fassie rule every hi fi Princess Di and George Michael hairstyles are all the rage There are plans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 1976 student uprising.Neville and Magda Fourie live in Magnolia Court with tRehana Rossouw s unique voice gives life and drama to this family saga Hanover Park The heart of the Cape Flats It is 1986 Michael Jackson and Brenda Fassie rule every hi fi Princess Di and George Michael hairstyles are all the rage There are plans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 1976 student uprising.Neville and Magda Fourie live in Magnolia Court with their three children They are trying to raise them decent in a township festering with gang wars and barricaded with burning tyres Suzette, the eldest, is beautiful and determined to escape her family s poverty Nicky, the sensitive middle child, has ambitions to use her intellect as a way out Anthony, the only son, attracted by power and wealth, is lured away from his family by a gangster In What Will People Say a rich variety of township characters the preachers, the teachers, the gangsters and the defeated come to life in vivid language as they eke out their lives in the shadows of grey concrete blocks of flats.Which members of the Fourie family will thrive, which ones will not survive Generously spiced with Cape Flats slang lots of vivid and gritty description that give an authentic feel to the story plenty of plot the writer draws us in and makes us curious about what will happen next and very human characters we come to care about.

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    1. Rehana Rossouw truly deserved her NIHSSAwards2017 fiction category.For the first time in my reading life I got to hear, see, taste, smell another perspective of the "Coloured" story. Something real, not a parody of lives of people we've always tucked away into minute stereotypical boxes.I will not put a full review now. Do not want to spoil it for my book clubbers. We are spending an afternoon with Rehana Rossouw on 08 April.Yes, we lucky fish!Grab your copy NOW!

    2. I enjoyed reading the book. When I got it, I sighed because of the size, but when I got into it, I took it down in a day and a busy day, in which I had a lot to do. It’s a bitter-sweet book and that’s the reason why I couldn’t put it down.The book is set in the mid-1980s in Cape Flat, an area facing political difficulties, and the story centres on the members of a family, the Fourie family and its personal struggles.The parents Neville and Magda seemed to be a happy couple but start arguin [...]

    3. I finished this book on the last day of 2016, and couldn’t bring myself to start another book for the next couple of days. Rehana’s novel cloaks its tragedy with humour and vivid patois. I so much loved its use of Cape Flats dialect, its often vulgar humour, and its portrait of parents desperately trying to bring up their children “decently”. But this is Hanover Park in 1986. There is little decency to be found with residents caught between gangsterism and the apartheid security structur [...]

    4. My interview with the author: bit/2aty5lq- Her childhood was ending and it was time to learn to be a woman. The lessons started with Mummy teaching her to iron shirts. –- He still wasn't sure what they could do against gangsters, the cockroaches that crawled out of the walls after the kitchen lights went off. The watch members' torches cast a light on their activities, but it was dim. –- He understood now why people got gerook. It made a boring life seem interesting for a while. - - [The str [...]

    5. This story of the Fourie family, living in the Hanover Park in Cape Town, is devastating, gritty and authentic. It's peppered with Cape Flats slang, which I really enjoyed. I don't often read books that really capture a segment of the South African population, and Rossouw does it beautifully.The events that unravel the Fourie's family life are horribly sad. Unfortunately, this is the reality facing so many families in South Africa even today, even though What Will People Say is set in the late 8 [...]

    6. Glad I read this - was very doubtful that I would persevere as the first few chapters are filled with foul words (only South Africans would understand most of it), but the story became very gripping as it described a Hanover Park that we hear about all the time, even today. The gangs are truly out of control and the effect on families is so sad. It does highlight how some people can rise above that lifestyle, but at what cost to their families and themselves

    7. Excellent read about life on the Cape Flats and how families are affected by poverty and gangsterism. Will really tug at your heart-strings.

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