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Chisoni, or Conversations on a Plane about Life and Death by JG Jesman (Umuzi)
Chisoni, or Conversations on a Plane about Life and Death by JG Jesman (Umuzi)

BOOK: Chisoni, or Conversations on a Plane about Life and Death by JG Jesman (Umuzi)

"Why are our greatest expressions always in honour of suffering?"

Chisoni is gutted by grief. His brother Abusa was 10 years his senior and had been an intelligent young man whose potential was cut short before he could really launch. Although it did not feature at all in their home, alcohol addiction found its way to him when he was still a teenager, thanks to a naughty friend whose company did not meet his father's approval. The devil drink latched on to Abusa's social awkwardness, endowing him with confidence and charm. It also brought shame, failure and disappointment, and his loved ones stopped trusting him. He made devastating romantic choices, marrying women whose abusive behaviour drove him further into the arms of the bottle.

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