Zululand Snow

Zululand Snow➽ [Download] ➺ Zululand Snow By Ian Tennent ➸ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk While Zululand reels under the blows of a lunatic’s hammer half hearted schoolboy Craig's imagination ignites when he links an Anglo Zulu War letter his grandfather beueathed him to his History teac While Zululand reels under the blows of a lunatic’s hammer half hearted schoolboy Craig's imagination ignites when he links an Anglo Zulu War letter his grandfather beueathed him to his History teacher's mesmerising tale of the lost inKatha ‘The Soul of the Zulu Nation’However in his feverish uest to find the relic he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events which disturbs the dark euilibrium of forces in his hometown; forces both past and present and steeped in malice As chance encounters with his History teacher become alarmingly freuent events explode when the boys clash with caddies from the local golf course the malevolent greenkeeper makes a sinister threat and the finger of suspicion drifts towards a friend’s father when the lunatic’s hammer falls once againSet in a small town in Zululand during the turbulent summer of Zululand Snow is the tale of a boy searching for a way to bring a glorious past back to life It’s a tale of history and imagination of folklore and legend and the gravitational pull they exert on the marrow in a boy’s bones. “Zululand Snow” is both a trip back to a innocent time and a visit to some of the darknesses that reside in South Africa’s historyCraig Cruikshank you see is the boy that I was 25 years ago – the boy who took sunshine and friendship for granted the boy whose language was peppered with “flip” and “takkie” and “klap” But also a boy who read about a vicious killer who travelled from village to village hammering victims to death And a boy who’s interest in the Natal Battlefields was already starting to wane in the knowledge that the violence of South Africa had not died at Isandlwana or Rorke’s DriftCraig and his two friends Sean and Hannes are schoolboys who are on a hunt for the inKatha Yesizwe a Zulu treasure lost long ago The hunt will take their BMX’s across Zululand and have them facing witch doctors poachers eccentric teachers and golf course personnel And of course parents grandparents and a man eating crocodileTennant has written the book that I wanted to read when I was growing up – not that I didn’t enjoy it now mind He keeps the reader drawn to the story and tightly focused on a multi dimensional plot While dealing with YA protagonists suggests that the book is well suited to the YA market “Zululand Snow” will appeal eually to adults – not just for the great story peopled by strong characters but because the trip back to Tennent’s 1983 is a warm nostalgic one where the darknesses are only starting to appear Zululand Snow is a superb piece of literature Ian Tennent is a master of his craft and his writing is pure poetry I was so enthralled by his words that I almost lost the plot which is a wonderful adventure story that would appeal to any audience I look forward to another book from this author Highly recommend “Books are like fire” he used to declare when he was alive “they need air to live Give them air especially at night; the air’s fresher and they burn brighter”Ian Tennent’s debut novel Zululand Snow burns brightly with the innocence and “half belief” of a South African childhood full of imps witch doctors the ghosts of Zulu warriors omens and killer crocodiles In a thoroughly South African voice the story follows three school boys as they hunt for the long lost Zulu treasure the inKatha Yesizwe A ring of hair vomit spit and other icky bits it’s rumoured to be the source of the Zulu army’s power in battle It was thought to be lost during the second invasion of Zululand by the colonial forces However Craig discovers evidence in his grandfather’s letters that it may have been hidden and he thinks he knows where it isHe sets off to look for it with his best mate Sean a promising cricketer with a knack for missing the ball and the new boy at school Hannes de Jager who “thinks he’s He Man” Relishing the freedom of being white boys in South Africa in the summer of 1983 they galavant through the bush on their bikes dealing with witch doctors poachers satanists and a man eating crocodile Meanwhile a serial killer sows fear and distrust in their community as he murders people in their beds nearby It’s a mixture of fact and fiction creating a picture so vivid that it leaves an aftertaste of pap and worsThere’s so much going on in this book but it works together and forms pieces of a puzzle that is both entertaining and engrossing One might call the style of the novel South African gothic with a touch of magical realism as imagination takes precedent over fact and the wild surroundings take on the emotions of the main characters expressing them through dramatic thunderclaps ominous death birds and a pervading sense of justice Read the rest of my review at Literogocom What an awesome book Apart from an abrupt ending which I presume picks up in Zululand Gold I read 34's of this book in 1 sitting yes that is how much it intrigued me Craig a primary school student is determined to find a Zulu treasure with and without his best friend Sean and newcomer friend Hannes Cricket; History; witchdoctors crocodiles Cyclone Demoina and murders are expertly woven into a most enjoyable read using descriptions that made me stop taste reread and savour them Having grown up on a farm in Natal during the 70's 80's this book resonated deeply with me The imagery and descriptions were so clear and vivid that I could almost taste and smell my childhood Thank you Ian Tennent for transporting me back to a very happy time in my life Looking forward to reading your next book Started off a little slow but picked up pace eventually and then I uite enjoyed it Included many South African phrases and references so not sure how much non South African readers will relate Although the main characters are in junior school I wouldn't call it YA fiction I had some mixed feelings about the topic I absolutely loved this book It took me back to growing up in a small South African town in the 80’s The imagery and description are so vivid it was like being back there again I would certainly recommend this book you can let the kids read it too they’re sure to enjoy it What a beautifully written tale of childhood in South Africa Ian has such a way with words that he brings the beautiful setting of Zululand to life with every page you read About thirty years before the end of the last millennium I was old enough to have a buzz bike It was a 50cc Yamaha My brother had a Honda also 50cc Being the sons of an unemployed widowed too early mother with a modest widow's pension for two adventurous teenage boys the attainment of these magnificent machines had not been easy We celebrated the freedom and mobility thus attained by spending our weekends and vacations scooting across the dirt tracks and secondary roads of what was then called Zululand Through sugar cane fields on beaches on tarred roads and on bush paths we whined along with our bikes humming like incensed mosuitoes To increase speed or to cope with long uphills we lay flat forward onto our fuel tanks We explored every nook and cranny of Zululand We picked up snatches and snippets of language and proverbs and metaphors in the vernacular We read avidly histories of the Zulu nation and marvelled at the nobility and prowess of great Zulu leaders then rode our bikes to where we had read about the great battles We stole sugar cane and munched it in the cane fields We picked mangoes lychees bananas and granadillas from trees and bushes where they grew wild We lived and breathed the natural beauty of the landWhat a great pleasure it is therefore to come across this extraordinary book by an author who appears to have lived a similar dream to have explored similar terrain and who writes about it so elouently His novel breathes authenticityFrom the first sentence of his text one feels comfortable in the knowledge that one is in the hands of a talented writer His language is robust and subtle his judicious use of rich and textured descriptive imagery is compelling and his characters live and breathe and speak to us without drawing attention to the author himself He creates masterfully an imagined world where his characters and their experiences seem to run free with no intrusive posturing by the writer James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus might say of this author that he like the God of the creation remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork invisible refined out of existence indifferent paring his fingernails Yet Tennent is in firm control of this narrative While there is no self conscious literary insertion or manipulation of the narrative he ensures that it all flows organically from the careful euilibrium he achieves between the action the characters the locale and the rich symbolism of a strand of Zulu historyThe action is woven around a uest driving the plot inexorably forward toward a revelation On the way there are delicious scenes historical pointers to letters resonant with anecdotes that mirror the real history of the Zulu nation and there are the adventures of schoolboys as they play cricket tease and cajole one another and undertake exotic adventuresThis is a writer whose work deserves to be read I am confident that he is on a trajectory that will give birth to many insights into a terrain he knows so well Craig Sean and Hannes are 3 rather typical boys of their time growing up in a fictional town in Zululand in the 1980's Full of gusto and spirit they conuer the bush with their BMX bikes and seek adventure of the rather historical kind They deal with imaginary but also some very real threats in the process resulting in a fast paced adventure of noteI really enjoyed this book for so many reasons One of them is without a doubt that I can place myself in the time frame with ease I grew up with Casio watches and Mongoose bikes and cyclone Demoina is still vivid in my memory They could have been my friends at school although I wish I had the honour to grow up in this rural setting The author sets the scenes in a perfectly described world where you can smell the dust and the rain and feel the heat on your skin The story line is well paced and enough suspense to keep one turning page after page without thinking about how late it isI am a bit in two minds as to how I feel about the very beautiful descriptive language the author use Although I love it in most of the places there were times where I felt that it interfered with the pace of the action and I almost wanted to glace over them That being said I did find myself sometimes going back to re read once I had the tension released in the part to enjoy the writing againAlthough classified as Young Adult I thoroughly enjoyed the book but then I am a tad partial towards Young Adult books and read them often enough Ian Tennet is going to make a name for himself in the South African literary circle with this book Touching sides with authors like Bryce Courtenay on the one hand and Deon Meyer on the other I can see many great read in the future