In Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a “professional mourner” in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa. Day after day he attends. Winner of the M-Net Book Prize Shortlisted for the CNA and Noma Awards. In Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a “professional. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Novelist and playwright Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying was a big hit in his native South Africa, where it was even.

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Ways of Dying – Zakes Mda

A beautifully written book set in South Africa in the early ‘s. Jan 06, Rebecca Davis rated it it was amazing.

Why do people concoct lies to md God? This traumatic transitional period was marked by violence which shocked the world community. I want to read Mda’s second book about Toloki. He takes up his drawing skills again, filling and decorating the squalid informal settlement with drawings of flowers.

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To do this requires huge sensitivity, the capacity to recognise and even draw attention to other people’s sorrow and to react in a way that brings comfort but at the same time, cynically almost, brings in the money that is necessary for the artist to live on. I was carrying Ways of Dying mostly because it was what I was reading, and I rarely go anywhere without a book, just in case there will be a few minutes of reading time available.


During one of his appearences at a funeral on Christmas Day he encou A book set against the turbulent and violent South Africa of the 70’s and 80’s.

In the beginning there is what seems to be a bizarre recap of childhood and upbringing that I could only explain as alien to me. They sit all day zakess dispense wide-ranging philosophies on how things should be.

Other books in the series. Notify me of new posts via email. Ways of Dying Reading Schedule. Toloki, a perpetual runner-up to the beautiful girl, eventually struck out on his own and now remembers Noria only as “that stuck-up bitch,” a nickname bestowed by his mother out of jealousy.

This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat They are closing holes in the shacks with cardboard and plastic. Sudden elation overwhelms Toloki. Life here in America is all I have ever known, where I have had the luxury of sitting back and watching other places like the setting found in the book rage war.

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Hello Lisa, There are some books by South African writers that have been brought back in print by the independent publisher, Waveland Press, in the U. Zakess is not easy, heart-breaking tragedy common, but still the two of them are able to look forward and find some joy in small things. Nefolovhodwe getting away with his demeanor with no dire consequences. The detail that the author puts into describing certain scenarios surrounding death I found to be awkward at times but nonetheless brilliant all along the way.


Ways of Dying

They are always on the move. At a Christmas day funeral for a young boy Toloki is reunited with Noria, a woman from his village.

All the work has been completed and the wayx is a collage in bright sunny colours. May 20, J. And the idea that in order to reflect artistically on the world, you first have the feel the pain which fills it? The first person plural narration gave the narration an eerie disposition. Beautiful, but oh so painful.

Ways of Dying (Toloki #1) by Zakes Mda

Taxi wars, necklacing, denunciations, poverty, death, love, forgiveness. Then the writing just The characters aren’t archetypal folk heroes. Both Characters at dhing same time are experiencing friction and conflict in their lives that only compliments their journey together so well.

I really liked the narration, but the dialogue annoyed me.