I still vividly remember being oddly struck by all the strange happenings going on all the time on the first floor. The weird inhuman noises, loud music, the parties, but especially the bizarre things that the young men would do.
Squalor, violence, pollution -- much of Bulawayo is not a pretty place. Yet through Vera's eyes the prosaic becomes poetic, the ugly not beautiful but at least capable of providing refuge for its black majority. Butterfly Burning leaves an indelible impression on the reader. Her depictions of township life, of the longings and of the search for security that motivates her characters, are presented within a historical context that charges her evocations with anticipation.
In Butterfly Burning her style is characteristically rich in description, lean on dialogue, and explosive with content, powerfully presenting society's taboos and the mores of township life. This newest novel is a compelling work of fiction. Newson, World Literature Today Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.
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Set in the mids, in the black township of Makokoba in Bulawayo RhodesiaButterfly Burning tells the story of the love between the year old Fumbatha and the much younger Phephelaphi Dube.
It is not a time or a place for happy love stories, and Fumbatha and Phephelaphi don't beat the odds. Vera fairly effectively captures the difficult life in the township, and the efforts of those that live there to maintain some sort of humanity, sometimes barely even realizing what they are up against: The work is not their own: The time is not theirs: The ordeal is their own.
They work again and again, and in unguarded moments of hunger and surprise, they mistake their fate for fortune. Young Phephelaphi, in particular, has ambition and hopes -- but Vera warns early on: Fumbatha and Phephelaphi stumble across each other and fall in love.
They are, briefly, happy. Fumbatha was "a man who made, and unmade, his own mind," while "Phephelaphi was a woman who chose her own destination and liked to watch the horizon change from pale morning to blue light. Problems arise, and she deals with them herself -- one in particularly gruesome fashion.
It is too much for Fumbatha. It is a fairly simple story, but written with a grand, poetic sweep. The sentences are short. Each is pregnant with meaning and metaphor.
The novel's own gravity drags it down.
Its portentousness prefigures its own doom. It is deadly serious. There is nothing wrong with being deadly serious, but it is not a justification in and of itself either: Yes, there is language.
A fine use of language. Poetic, one can call it. Undermining as much as supporting the tale being told. Certainly, it is a matter of taste, too. There's a rhythm to the language -- though Vera's is an odd staccato.
It has the effect, here, of a pneumatic hammer."Burning Sands" is a well made, thought provoking film filled with subtleties and a compelling story that, like any good film, leaves us with questions, and challenges us .
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Cannes Review: BURNING, a Slow Burn for the Ages By Pierce Conran Eight years after his phenomenal drama Poetry, Lee Chang-dong makes a long-awaited return to the Cannes competition with his sixth film Burning, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story 'Barn Burning'.
BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job.
Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her 96%. Lee Chang-dong has returned after an eight year absence with new film and Cannes favourite, Burning, an adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story. The subtle storytelling leaves a lot of room for the audience to imagine, interpret and infer.
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