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REVIEW | Onke Mazibuko sweeps us along in his coming-of-age novel, The Second Verse

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The Second Verse by Onke Mazibuko (Penguin).
The Second Verse by Onke Mazibuko (Penguin).

BOOK: The Second Verse by Onke Mazibuko (Penguin) 

This striking novel, The Second Verse, lights up a corner of South African consciousness as yet unseen in fiction; of course it’s always been there, but unnoticed in busy, bustling East London, the second largest coastal city in the Eastern Cape, with its beaches, navigable river, harbour, and colonial traditions wrestled in with urban Xhosa life. It’s unusual for a coming-of-age novel to be so profoundly engrossing.

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