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Johannesburg #2020

Johannesburg December Johannesburg Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother s eightieth birthday a few blocks away at the Residence Nelson Mandela s family prepares to announce

  • Title: Johannesburg
  • Author: Fiona Melrose
  • ISBN: 9781472152831
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Johannesburg By Fiona Melrose, 6 December 2013 Johannesburg.Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother s eightieth birthday a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela s family prepares to announce Tata Mandela s deathSo begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose s searing second novel Responsive to Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway, the story follows a polyphonic course acros6 December 2013 Johannesburg.Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother s eightieth birthday a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela s family prepares to announce Tata Mandela s deathSo begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose s searing second novel Responsive to Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway, the story follows a polyphonic course across a single day, culminating in a party and traces the fractures and connections of the city.An irascible mother, a daughter trying to negotiate her birthplace and the people from her past, a homeless hunchback who takes his fight for justice to the doors of a mining company, a mining magnate, a man still haunted by his first love, the domestic workers who serve this cast and populate the neighbourhood, a troubled novelist called Virginia these are the characters who give voice to the city on a day hot with nerves and tension and history.Johannesburg is a profound hymn to an extraordinary city, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.

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    1. Bailed on page 40 Sadly, Second Novel Syndrome hobbles this, after Melrose s wonderful debut Midwinter last year in which the prose flowed like water and the characters leapt off the page Here the writing does not sing and the characters refuse to dance.

    2. Inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway, Johannesburg is set in Johannesburg, South Africa and follows a cast of characters as they go about their day on December 6, 2013 the day Tata Mandela died Having enjoyed Melrose s debut novel, Midwinter, I was even eager for Johannesburg seeing as how it s inspired by one of my favorite classic novelists While Melrose s wonderful writing then exceed my expectations, the novel did fall short of a few things.Unlike Mrs Dalloway, Johannesburg doesn t ha [...]

    3. Last year I read Fiona Melrose s first book Midwinter I loved that book, so when I received a review request for Fiona s new book Johannesburg I knew I wanted to read this book And don t you just love the cover of Fiona Melrose s book I think they are magnificent Johannesburg takes place at December 6th 2013 and is centered around the lives of several different characters Why December 6th On that day Nelson Mandela s family prepares to announce Tata Mandela s death And in Johannesburg we read ab [...]

    4. ARC from Netgally.This novel brings together the stories of a number of residents or former residents of Johannesburg, telling about each of their lives through detailed description of their activities and thoughts throughout the day and through flashbacks to previous events in their lives In the first few chapters, a lot of characters are introduced very quickly, many of whom seem to have little relationship to each other, but eventually all their tales are pulled in to intersect.The writing is [...]

    5. I seem to be writing a lot about rewrites these days Fiona Melrose s second novel, Johannesburg, isn t precisely a rewrite, but it takes many of its cues from Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway from its life in the day scope to its characters Melrose s hunchbacked, homeless protestor September mirroring Woolf s shellshocked, suicidal Septimus to its culmination in a grand party These knowing echoes, and others like them, don t always work, but when they do, Melrose achieves what Woolf does she create [...]

    6. This compelling and ultimately tragic novel takes place over one day in contemporary Johannesburg in 2013, the day on which Nelson Mandela s death was announced Through the experiences of a disparate group of characters a lawyer, domestic staff, a homeless man, and Gin and her mother we see a portrait of a city and its divided community and explore the vast gulf that still exists between rich and poor in post apartheid South Africa Gin has returned from New York to mark her mother s 80th birthda [...]

    7. I never thought that moving to China to teach English would mean that my circle of new friends would be almost entirely made up off South Africans Thankfully thye re utterly lovely people, and getting to know them has also made me curious about South Africa and its history We all know Nelson Mandela and now, thanks to the Daily Show, we also know Trevor Noah, but its history and culture were still unknown to me So when I saw Johannesburg I jumped at the chance to get a sense of this amazing cit [...]

    8. Gin returns to Johannesburg from New York to hold a birthday party for her 80 year old mother Her timing is perfect she returns on the day that Nelson Mandela s death is announced, and the nation starts pouring out its grief, its pain and also celebrating with many wreaths, flowers, candles and pilgrimages his wonderful life and inspiring legacy.It s a party, and of course we meet cantankerous Mrs Brandt But also Mercy, the domestic helper, and Dudu her friend September, the miner from Marikana, [...]

    9. When I realised the novel was a homage to Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway, I wondered if this would prove a distraction In lesser hands it might have been, but I found it a sheer delight The beautiful prose and excellent characterisation would make this a gripping story even without the literary allusions Full review A day week under the skin of a community Johannesburg Histories annegoodwin.weebly 1 post

    10. A nice book to read But I think it tries too hard to fit into one day in Joburg The characters don t com together, and the author tries perhaps too hard to be politically correct Some of the prose is evocative and powerful, mostly when the narrative is focused through September But what was the point about Juno the dog And do we really feel that we know and understand Gin s agonising by the end of the novel Peter is annoying and Richard incidental The depiction of September and his sister Dudu s [...]

    11. Johannesburg is set over one day in the titular city the day that Nelson Mandela s death is announced The book explores the impact of the man and his death on several of the city s residents It is the story of Gin, recently returned from New York to host a party for her 80 year old mother s birthday It is also the story of this mother, Neve, and the story of her domestic help, Mercy Juno, Neve s dog, also has a story line in here The book opens with another of the characters whose story is follo [...]

    12. It s been a long time since I read Mrs Dalloway or indeed anything else by Woolf , and I think this was an advantage The structure and the broad plot is obviously recognisable but I didn t find myself doing a like by like comparison, just accepted it as an interesting structure to riff off Loved not just the obvious intertextuality waves sea, a matrilineal society, room of one s own imagery but also the integration of current events and culture eg the reference to Hugh masekela who, like Gin, mo [...]

    13. The novel, Johannesburg, takes place during a single day, the day of Nelson Mandela s death This landmark event is not the focus of the novel, but is a constant refrain in the background of all that occurs The story contains a range of amazing characters, including a highly strung artist, returning from overseas to Johannesburg, the city of her birth, trying to gain favour and recognition from her cantankerous mother a homeless man who has been a victim of apartheid and is peacefully protesting [...]

    14. Melrose s portrait of Johannesburg succeeds in conveying the emotional and sensory overload of a particular day the day Nelson Mandela s death was announced Down the road from his Residence in Johannesburg, Gin has returned from New York to hold an 80th birthday for her mother Deeply ambivalent about the city, Gin struggles through the day September wanders onstage and, for me, becomes the heart of the book Mad, injured, crowned with flowers, Septembers connects the people of Johannesburg, from [...]

    15. Akcja Johannesburga dzieje si w historycznym dniu, bohaterowie m wi o mierci prezydenta, ale ksi ka jest skupiona na czym innym Autorka odwo uje si do Pani Dalloway i, jak Cunningham w Godzinach, ledzi strumienie wiadomo ci swoich bohater w, zanurzonych w codzienno ci, kompleksach, planach, l kach Jej narracja jest spokojna i ch odna, pe na koncentracji na poszczeg lnych osobach To rzecz bardzo egocentryczna , je li mo na u y tego s owa w znaczeniu neutralnym bo postacie Melrose s zanurzone w so [...]

    16. At first the multiple narratives in this book seemed interesting and quirky, especially the passages written from the point of view of Juno the little dog As the book went on and on and on I found myself less enchanted with the style of writing and getting confused by which character was who Due to the lack of detail given to characters the reader does not ever get to fully connect with any one character After reading the blurb for this book I expected to know about Gin before the book ended, b [...]

    17. Got about 40% of the way through this, with decreasing enthusiasm, and when the internal dialogue of the dog appeared I knew it was time to make my apologies and leave None of the characters are believable, or especially relatable, and it s not even that convincing a portrait of the city Exactly as the jacket image is also inaccurate I have never heard anyone call a hadida an ibis, and there were far too many of those privilege can be painful too moments a la Ian McEwan and many other beloved bo [...]

    18. Review copy courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group Corsair , many thanks In a series of nods to Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway , Fiona Melrose gives us a devastating portrait of loneliness and alienation set in modern South Africa over the course of one day, the day Nelson Mandela s death is announced.The main character, Virginia Gin , railing against conformity to post colonial white expectation of a woman marriage, children, social conventions long ago decamped to pursue an artistic career in N [...]

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