2010 Reading Highlights: Jerusha Sukhdeo

2010-12-01 00:00

THIS year, I feasted on books by South African writers.

I loved Nape ’a Motana’s Son-in-law of the Boere — it was one of my favourites. For me as a young Indian girl with a (very) Afrikaans boyfriend, the book was a real treat. It follows the romantic relationship between an Afrikaans city girl and a rural Pedi boy. I laughed along with the author when he described the cutting stares the two received in restaurants and malls, and especially enjoyed the cultural tensions the characters dealt with. A lovely read and story.

I loved The Angina Monologues too — a novel about three South African female doctors, by Rosamund Kendal. The three young women are placed at a rural hospital in KwaZulu­Natal and are forced to deal with snakes, water pumps and patients, all while trying to find happiness in their personal lives. The medical drama was exciting, and the tenuous relationships with their families riveting. Kendal writes just beautifully and I could not put the book down.

I enjoyed it so much that I reread another favourite, The Karma Suture — also by Kendal. The Karma Suture also follows the life of a young doctor, this time in Cape Town. Relationships, friendships and never-ending hospital shifts — Rosie the protagonist deals with it all. It’s been described as “Bridget Jones with a soul”.

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