The first book of Duiker's fictional opus is Thirteen Cents on which this seventh of March from http:/unulelteoco.ga pdf. K. Sello Duiker's Thirteen Cents. AN INTRODUCTION. Shaun Viljoen. ONE BREEZY NIGHT LATE IN NOVEMBER. One breezy night late in November and after. Start by marking “Thirteen Cents” as Want to Read: Kabelo 'Sello' Duiker's debut novel, Thirteen Cents won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. Trivia About Thirteen Cents.
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Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In scenic Cape Town, South Africa, while many enjoy the ocean vistas on the slopes of majestic Table Mountain, street kid. Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty. offers a reading of Thirteen Cents, a novel that pays particular attention to the lives of children Duiker's Thirteen Cents and The Quiet Violence of Dreams. pdf> [Accessed 02 February.
After Thirteen Cents is a shock to the system; a punch to the solar plexus; a very grim read but brilliantly executed. After the first few pages, I realised why I had avoided it for so long. I have an aversion to novels where taking drugs is a strong element; not sure why, but I do not like reading about people in drug induced states.
I know I should not limit myself this way but, after all, I read for enjoyment as well as for illumination. Azure also hates drug-taking though he likes zol. The feat of having written this book is quite amazing; K Sello Duiker gets right into the head of Azure, or Blue, as he is later dubbed. It is written in the present tense, which gives it an immediacy, and simultaneously describes his movements and his thoughts, the questions he asks himself and his commentary on his life and situation.
His thoughts jump around apparently randomly in a stream-of-consciousness way but without the obscurity sometimes encountered with the use of this narrative device. Azure has an unimaginably tough life; the things he has to do simply to eat are horrific but, worse than this, are the gangsters with whom he has to interact and who rule over him. He has to go to great lengths merely to get a pair of shoes; he tries many different avenues only to be thwarted at almost every turn.
Yet he narrates his obstacles in such a matter-of-fact way that it reinforces the heart-breaking hardship of his situation. In this regard no doubt we can all agree with him. The sex and violence are extremely graphic so this novel is certainly not for the faint-hearted nevertheless it is worth overcoming this barrier to get to know this boy, Azure.
He crawled under my skin with his alternating innocence and cynicism. Eventually one arrives and rewards Azure with fifty dollars for his services. Azure heads over to Bree Street to meet up with his friend Vincent.
Vincent informs him that Gerald has been looking for Azure. He advises Azure to stop hiding and go directly to Gerald. Vincent states that Gerald believes himself to be white only because he has straight hair and light skin. It is from this that he derives his power and is therefore envious of Azure's blue eyes.
Azure decides to take Vincent's advice and confront Gerald.
He goes to his shack and finds Sealy sitting outside. He asks Sealy where Gerald is before Sealy suddenly begins to brutally assault Azure, telling him that he must do this because Gerald is watching. Azure is severely injured.
After Gerald forces Azure to wash his car, he calls on his other followers to take Azure to the hospital. At the hospital, they lie to the doctors and say that Azure was beat up by a store owner for stealing. After his hospital visit, Azure is taken to a brothel in Salt River where he is locked inside a small room for three days.
He tells himself that the adults around him only abuse him to make him stronger.
Azure becomes weak from hunger and abuse. However, he believes he is becoming stronger as a result of the mistreatment he faces from adults. During Azure's stay in the brothel, he is forced to perform sexual acts with other men.
Vincent explains to Azure, after his release from the brothel, that Gerald is extremely dangerous. He portrays Gerald as a big T-Rex. Later, Gerald confronts Azure under the bridge.
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Gerald explains that he killed Azure's parents in order to make him stronger. He also explains that Richard and his friends forced themselves on Azure only to make him feel what it's like to be a woman.
Gerald tells Azure to never go back to Sea Point. Azure soon discovers that Joyce has stolen his money. He decides he cannot trust anyone, especially with his money.
In the moment, Azure uses the remainder of his money to download a bomber jacket with an orange lining despite Gerald's warning that only he is allowed to wear this colour.
In response, Gerald threatens him and saws off the cast on his leg. Azure manages to escape and runs down the main road. Driven by madness, Azure climbs Table Mountain where he settles himself inside a cave.
During his stay in the cave, Azure's desire to swim becomes stronger. He begins to have intense and imaginative dreams. In his dreams there is a T-Rex that destroys the town below the mountain and even eats Gerald.
Azure wakes up from this dream with a determination to go swimming. For four days and nights, Azure continues to have obscure dreams.
The dreams have one significant character, a beautiful woman named Saartjie who claims she is married to the T-Rex. After four days, Azure leaves the mountain with only thirteen cents in his pocket. He returns to town and finds Liesel's shack, along with the others under the bridge, completely destroyed.
While looking for Gerald, Azure meets Sealy who informs him that Gerald committed suicide. Gerald was planning on killing Azure and went mad searching for him. Sealy reveals he only made it look like Azure's ankle was broken to fool Gerald and save Azure. Furthermore, he says he knows Azure killed Gerald and that's why he ascended the mountain. Azure concludes that Sealy is mad. Azure believes grown-ups are evil, but still accompanies Sealy with his daily tasks. Azure has an unimaginably tough life; the things he has to do simply to eat are horrific but, worse than this, are the gangsters with whom he has to interact and who rule over him.
He has to go to great lengths merely to get a pair of shoes; he tries many different avenues only to be thwarted at almost every turn. Yet he narrates his obstacles in such a matter-of-fact way that it reinforces the heart-breaking hardship of his situation. In this regard no doubt we can all agree with him. The sex and violence are extremely graphic so this novel is certainly not for the faint-hearted nevertheless it is worth overcoming this barrier to get to know this boy, Azure.
He crawled under my skin with his alternating innocence and cynicism.
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He has to endure dealing with people who are irrational, violent and treat him in the most extreme and cruel way. Imprisoning him, starving him, assaulting him. And for no very good reason other than that they can and to exercise their own power or exorcise their own demons.Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe — roughghosts.
Some characterize Azure's homosexual acts as nothing more than a survival tactic and means of making money while others consider them as a part of his sexual growth and exploration. But I think it could have been better put together? He becomes nothing but a message to others.
His is a coming-of-age story that is relentless, ruthless and, in the end, remarkably redeeming. He becomes nothing but a message to others. Feb 24, Penny de Vries rated it it was amazing Shelves: Furthermore, he says he knows Azure killed Gerald and that's why he ascended the mountain. Life as a person living on the street, how adults take advantage, the double lives of rich white married heterosexual men.
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