Today I am posting my review for “African Me & Satellite TV” by Jo Robinson in preparation for an interview with Jo, to be published on my other blog, ChristophFischerBooks.com this coming Friday.
“African Me & Satellite TV” by Jo Robinson is a great character driven novel about Zimbabwe. Suzette Hertzog is a white Afrikaans woman whose life gets challenged dramatically by the arrival of her bigoted and racist neighbours. For many years Suzette has managed very well to live her life without actually taking part in it, avoiding any possibility of pain by very carefully ignoring reality. Until something happens. Something so terrible that she has no choice but to abandon her cocoon of safety.
After the brutal beating of an elderly domestic worker, Suzette takes her in, and sets off a chain of events that leads to devastating heartbreak. And an unexpected hero changes everything. Finally finding her voice, she speaks out, and her world explodes, culminating in the death of a very special man.
On her path to make amends, she discovers the story of his life, connects with the people of his past, and finds the chance to fully live her life once again if that’s what she chooses to. Her frustration and anger are a great subject in itself but her family and community life fit into the larger context of a post revolutionary Zimbabwe with its history and its challenges and flaws.
This is great story telling, entertaining, thoughtful, deep and of high literary and socio-culutral quality. The dialogue is sharp, the character are fascinated and well developed throughout, the story is engaging and emotional. It ticks all my boxes. 5 well deserved stars.
Book Link for African Me: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00F5640UK