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** 'Jolly good fun―DAILY MAIL
** 'This wickedly satirical novel is also a serious critique of Africa's troubled state―GUARDIAN
** 'Some devastatingly hilarious moments ... a satire that should be required bedtime reading at Gleneagles―SCOTSMAN
** 'A highly entertaining account of how people make the best of living in sub-Saharan Africa―Alexander McCall Smith, THE HERALD Books of the Year
About the Author
Michael Holman grew up in Zimbabwe and was educated in Africa and England. After university he was forced to flee Zimbabwe for Zambia, where he lived for many years. He was Africa Editor of the FINANCIAL TIMES from 1984-2002, and is now a writer and journalist based in London.See all Product Description
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You will smile and laugh out loud as the widowed owner of Harrod's Bar and Nightspot, built from three steel shipping containers bests the representatives of Harrods Department Store in London, and makes monkeys of their lawyers. I recommend this book for its satire, and good description of African life.
As a work of fiction and a satire, it's not the most compelling thing, nor the funniest. The point of view shifts among too many characters for the novel to have a central focus, and the storyline is lacking in real suspense or surprise. The author is obviously too nice a man to make a first-class satirist (which requires a generous portion of cruelty and heartlessness), and the blurb on the back cover comparing him to Evelyn Waugh rather overstates the case.
Still, it has its moments. There are too few books on this subject, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the knotty problems of African development.
International Aid is a very serious thing and very necessary but so often it doesn't fully end up where it should. This story is told with tongue in cheek humour.
Part of the story is about how the children survive in the slums and how they try and earn a small living just to buy food.