An Elegy for Easterly



An Elegy for Easterly A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches a politician s widow stands quietly by at her husband s funeral, watching his colleagues bury an empty casket Petina Gappah s characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, where wives can t trust even their husbands for fear of AIDS, and where people know exactly what will be printed in the one and only daily newspaper because the news is always, always good.In her spirited debut collection, the Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah brings us the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe s regime She takes us across the city of Harare, from the townships beset by power cuts to the manicured lawns of privilege and corruption, where wealthy husbands keep their first wives in the big houses while their unofficial second wives wait in the small houses, hoping for a promotion.Despite their circumstances, the characters in An Elegy for Easterly are than victims they are all too human, with as much capacity to inflict pain as to endure it They struggle with the larger issues common to all people everywhere failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life. Read An Elegy for Easterly – heartforum.co.uk

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An Elegy for Easterly  By Petina Gappah IBN : 0865479062 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • An Elegy for Easterly
  • Petina Gappah
  • English
  • 24 October 2017
  • 0865479062

10 thoughts on “An Elegy for Easterly

  1. Paul says:

    4.5 starsA collection of short stories by a Zimbabwean writer previously unknown to me thirteen stories, all bar one set in Zimbabwe They focus on recent history, post independence The characters struggle with the vicissitudes of daily life, bureaucracy, hyperinflation, the pomposity of those in authority, AIDS, misogyny, unfaithful partners mostly men , corruption and yearning Gappah is also interested in the motivations of those who wrong as well as those who are wronged The Easterly of 4.5 starsA collection of short stories by a Zimbabwean writer previously unknown to me thirteen stories, all bar one set in Zimbabwe They focus on recent history, post independence The characters struggle with the vicissitudes of daily life, bureaucracy, hyperinflation, the pomposity of those in authority, AIDS, misogyny, unfaithful partners mostly men , corruption and yearning Gappah is also interested in the motivations of those who wrong as well as those who are wronged The Easterly of the title is a shanty town that was cleared and destroyed by the government Gappah manages to capture the initial sense of optimism following the end of colonial white rule The long shadow of AIDS is present usually referred to by officialdom as a long illness Although the men are human, th...

  2. AC says:

    Patina Gappah is a real find A fabulous collection of short stories, each flawless and nuanced Both melancholy and humerous and ironic Set in contemporary Zimbabwe.

  3. Andrew says:

    This debut short story collection by Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah is a wonderful read The tone of each one is perfect the language is consistently beautiful but also completely natural You get to know the characters very quickly, through small details artfully described, and are left at just the right moment to move on to the next tale.The title gives a clue to what s in store Elegy is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as A song of lamentation, esp a funeral song or lament for This debut short story collection by Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah is a wonderful read The tone of each one is perfect the language is consistently beautiful but also completely natural You get to know the characters very quickly, through small details artfully described, and are left at just the right moment to move on to the next tale.The title gives a clue to what s in store Elegy is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as A song of lamentation, esp a funeral song or lament for the dead This book feels like Petina Gappah s lament for the Zimbabwe she grew up in, a Zimbabwe that has been scarred by political corruption, economic chaos and the scourge of AIDS I can t say whether she means to say that the Zimbabwe she knew is dead Of course th...

  4. Alison Smith says:

    Unvarnished modern Zimbabwe with all its trials, tragedies, daily struggles against a corrupt and broken system Despite these obstacles the stories are vivid and flavourful A few are downright funny for example The Mupandawana Dancing Champion The stories are so authentic you can smell the woodsmoke If you want to discover what modern, post independence Zimbabwe is really like, then the collection of short stories is a Must Read Bio Petinah Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer ...

  5. Dan says:

    I liked these stories separately and together Almost all are set in the Zimbabwe of the dictator Robert Mugabe, sometimes with a minor backstory from the time of the guerrilla war In the one story set outside Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean man whose life and understanding are constrained by the various kinds of poverty he brings with him from Zimbabwe tries to cope in Europe but is betrayed by his own limitations and by other Africans Readers will se...

  6. Laura says:

    Raikas ja h peilem t n novellikokoelma Zimbabwesta, joka ei tunnu en lainkaan niin vieraalta ja et iselt Alkuun vaati hieman tarkoituksellista itsens upottamista, jotta p si mukaan, mutta hieno t m oli.

  7. Tereza says:

    An amazing collection of stories Worth the struggle with English Beautiful and honest at the same time And I must do some research on history of Zimbabwe one day.

  8. Christopher Charamba says:

    This collection of short stories form a brilliant read In An Elegy for Easterly the author manages to capture moments in the lives of Zimbabweans Growing up in Zimbabwe the stories are familiar, I have my own cousin sister Rambanai, I know my own M dhara Vitalis, I bought my own school uniforms from maIndia, waited for som...

  9. Bianca says:

    I loved, loved, loved The Book of Memory and thought I would love this as well because she is a truly great writer While I can definitely say her characters are brought to life through her words, the stories just...

  10. Mikko Saari says:

    Zimbabwea monesta n k kulmasta on eliitti ja rahvasta, ulkomaille muuttajia ja h nt koipien v liss kotiin palaavia, harhaanjohdettuja ja viisaita Mainio kokoelma, hauska ja traaginen ja viihdytt v Mukaan mahtuu monenlaista tunnelmaa, taikauskoa ja internet aik...

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