The Death of Rex Nhongo

The Death of Rex Nhongo

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Harare, Zimbabwe, 2011. This is a story of five marriages and one gun. A British couple wonder at the unknowable city beyond their guarded compound while they build walls between themselves. An American begins to suspect his new home is having an insidious effect on his 'African queen' and their young daughter. An enthusiastic young intellectual follows his wife and his dreams to the city and finds only disillusion. An Intelligence Officer loses a crucial piece of evidence. It will cost him his marriage and his girlfriend maybe even his life. A taxi driver and his wife, living on the knife-edge of poverty, find a gun in the cab. From this point on, all their lives are tied to the trigger.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316300506
Branch Call Number: FIC GEORGE 2016
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 20, 2016

I’m not fond of books that unsettle my thoughts as I read them, so this book isn’t my favorite, but it’s realistic theme about life in present-day Zimbabwe makes one aware that being unsettled financially and emotionally is an everyday experience for Zimbabweans. Rex Nhongo doesn’t play a big part in the book, but the gun that killed him does. It’s the connecting point for several different lives.


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