Reflections on the modern student

2008-02-01 00:00

Since the publication of her deservedly award-winning collection of poetry, I Flying, in 2002, Finuala Dowling has established herself as a South African writer of some note. Nevertheless, her latest novel, Flyleaf, is disappointing.

While she interacts with staff and students at United Colleges and becomes obsessive about lessons - among others, on the 19th Century novel, poetry, Shakespeare, South African English, the hegemony of English in a world context and concomitant language death - she also engages with personalities in Kalk Bay, where Marina lives: Marina's son, Leo, a directionless, serial drop-out and serious surfer; the neighbour, given to fishing and domestic spats; and the colourful Tebogo Mokoethla, a frustrated actor and devotee of Shakespeare, working as a butler for a local aristocrat. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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