[Read] ➲ Call it Dog ➮ Marli Roode – Anguillais.us

Call it Dog Jo Returns To South Africa After Ten Years In The UK To Cover The Riots Sweeping The Jo Burg Township Of Alex Nico, Her Estranged Afrikaner Father, Reappears And Asks Her To Help Prove His Innocence In The Murder Of A Black Man, Abducted By The Security Forces Decades Earlier As They Set Off On A Road Trip Through South Africa S Now Unfamiliar Landscape, It Becomes Clear That Nico Knows About The Murder Than He Is Letting On, And Jo Begins To Wonder Whether She Is His Accomplice, Or His Captive.Set Against The Backdrop Of A Country Struggling To Absorb Its Bloody History And Forge A New Democracy, Call It Dog Asks Whether Justice And Truth Are Important Than The Bonds Of Loyalty And Love, And Explores What Is It Like To Feel You No Longer Belong In The Land Of Your Birth Or To Your Own Family.

[Read] ➲ Call it Dog  ➮ Marli Roode – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 337 pages
  • Call it Dog
  • Marli Roode
  • English
  • 02 April 2018
  • 9780857899453

    10 thoughts on “[Read] ➲ Call it Dog ➮ Marli Roode – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    This book made me uncomfortable yes it is fiction but the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in SA is so fresh in my mind and she reminded me of the images shared on the news at the time The historical abuses perpetrated during apartheid too, although ...


  2. says:

    Marli Roode is a 29 year old South African writer who has lived in the UK since she was 17 She studied writing in Manchester and Call It Dog is her first and very impressive novel.The heroine of the story, Jo, has a similar background to Marli but I hope the story is in no way autobiographical I wouldn t wish Jo s father, Nico, upon anyone She returns to South Africa, as a journalist, after 10 years in the UK to cover the Alex race riots She is contacted by her father and they set off on a road trip across South Africa ostensibly because he needs her help to clear himself of a charge that he murdered a black man 25 years before The relationship between the two of them is tense, dysfunctional and complicated leaving us wondering whether Jo is, in fact, his captive or willing accomplice on the trip He confiscates her mobile phone, drugs her with sleeping pills, and is generally a vicious but fascinating character She sort of goes along with this there are certainly times when she could have escaped The descriptions of the South African countryside they drive through are truly impressive and well written and draw the reader into the story We feel the heat and the oppression In parallel Jo is having an intense affair with Paul, whom she met at Jo burg airport on her arrival in the country and with whom she went into Alex to cover the riots Their meeting was a chance one, bu...


  3. says:

    I won t patronize Marli by saying that this was a good first novel If I hadn t known she was a new author, I wouldn t have guessed it at any stage.Her use of descriptive detail is unique The reader is treated to a kaleidoscope of unexpected insights and observations along the way and herein lies my first criticism the ratio of detail to action was too high I prefer my action a little less diluted by observation.She is able to hook the reader from the start, and manages to maintain the suspense as you wonder what lies at the end of the bizarre journey across the country with her father Don t expect anything too explosive, but do expect a finely tuned emotional climax Call it Dog offers a unique reading experience in the world of cross genre fiction not quite suspense almost literary You will enjoy it how much is the only variable As a South African myself, and being intimately acquainted with the subject...


  4. says:

    Sometimes fiction really opens your eyes to things that happen in the real world that were kept less apparent Like Marlon James Brief History of Seven Killings, this novel has told me about events I d not been aware of at the time, though its main focus is on a father daughter relationship within some horrifying and traumatic times in post apartheid South Africa It s not just the total barbarity of undercover white military units, but some of the nightmare xenophobia reflected back to me the rise of these attitudes here in the UK and across Europe as well as the stories we are never told these days about what is happening in Libya I don t like to give plot details in t...


  5. says:

    I was captivated by this from the start The plot continually verges on being over the top and the motivations of the characters unbelievable and yet the sheer power of the writing and the narrative manage to make it work The backdrop of the modern South...


  6. says:

    I nearly gave this four stars interesting way of dealing with the typical SA trope of expat returning.


  7. says:

    Niccolo Ammaniti you d better watch out.

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