Review: An Elegy for Easterly by Petina GappahIt is the frequent humour in these stories that makes them remarkable says Tom Fleming. Title: An Elegy for Easterly Author: Petina Gappah London, Faber and Faber Distributed in Zimbabwe by Weaver Press ISBN: 0 9 Reviewer. An Elegy for Easterly. Petina Gappah. I. It was the children who first noticed that there was something different about the woman they called Martha Mupengo.

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One person found this helpful. I like precision, crispness; I like uncluttered sentences. Gappah certainly has a gift for short story writing. Moments later, flr turn into Glenara.

Happily, I very quickly got over that stage. In other words, how did the writer in you respond to what you saw? Exquisitely written and informative, quite a rare combination.

He spoke in the hearty tones of Mr. Sometimes the telling is a bit too summary and in one instance the piece easferly not, in my view, a short story at all, but rather effective social commentary without a story. They called her Martha because Mai James said that was exactly how her husband’s niece Martha had looked in the last days when her illness had spread to her brain. She stayed only six months.

Charles Mungoshi is my favourite Zimbabwean writer. They are populated by characters struggling to live in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, who despite the hardships of their everyday lives, are also resilient and imaginative, and not without a wry sense of humour. Charles Mungoshi his Walking Still is sublimeChekhov, who is, of course, the master of the short story, Can Themba, the most underappreciated writer I know, Edward P. To prove this to myself, I moved closer to eelegy, and heard one forr them say: Award-winning war correspondents emerge only in wars.


Her smile in the half-light put him in mind of Martha. Apr 18, Tim Love rated it liked it. The townships are too full of people, they said, gather them up and put them in the places the Queen will not see, in Porta Farm, in Hatcliffe, in Dzivaresekwa Extension, in Easterly. In this collection of thirteen short stories, Gappah explores the lives of ordinary people in contemporary Zimbabwe.

On that day, Josephat’s wife was walking slowly back into Easterly, careful not to dislodge the thick wad of cotton the nurses had placed between her legs.

Her sense of humour is the key, for it tempers a tendency towards didacticism; it puts the politics where it should be — in the background — and brings the characters fr the fore. Gappah’s are vivid even in their quotidian lives. PG This year is going to be extremely busy. A brilliant collection of short stories.

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It was the children who called her Mupengo, Mudunyaz, and other variations on lunacy. She was not one of the wasterly arrivals to Easterly. The Easterly of 4. But reading the stories connected me with the humor and humanity of the place.

For the first time he realized that Easterly was still awake, unusually so; it was well after midnight and yet here were people gathered around in elefy in the moonlight. Thrilling stories and history lessons for me who knows little about the country coming to ruins like it did.

They followed her past Mai James’s house, Mai Toby’s house, past the house occupied by Josephat’s wife and her husband, Josephat, when he was on leave from the mine, past the house eastsrly the newly arrived couple that no one really knew, all the way past the people waiting with plastic buckets to take water from Easterly’s only tap.


An Elegy for Easterly

He had gone to the beer garden in Mabvuku. Wn their smart clothes, thumbing lifts at the side of the road, they looked like anyone else, from anywhere else. Gappah’s deep well of empathy and saber-sharp command of satire give her collection a surplus of heart and e,egy.

What does this big step mean to you? On the night that Martha gave birth, Josephat’s wife walked to Easterly from a praying field near Mabvuku. He would touch no woman other than his wife. Mar 13, Alyssa rated it liked it. There she remained until the family was evicted and set up home in Easterly Farm.

Peter goes back to the gates, then returns to God—”They’ve gone! I was also ballet-obsessed at the time, and my second and self-illustrated! But simplicity is not shallowness eaterly.

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In the same story, the main character, about to retire, elegg that his employer has used his pension money elsewhere and is now going out of business, leaving the employee two pair of ill-fitting shoes instead of a pension. So it was that in the mornings, the women of the markets rose early and caught the mouth of the rooster.

An Elegy for Easterly Petina Gappah There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Scott Turow writes thrillers, and runs a legal practice devoted to death penalty cases. All the women who walk alone at easferly are prostitutes, the government said—lock them up, the Queen is coming. A wave of anger and repulsion washed over him.