More highlights from Diale Tlholwe's Counting the Coffins
1) The protagonist, Thabang Maje, and his bosses, Thekiso and Ditoro, work in the Bedlam Building in Johannesburg.
2) An anonymous bar, away from where "the trendy congregate to congratulate themselves with expensive drinks," is on Nugget Street.
3) Maje tells of meeting another character "at one of those debauched parties that were held every day under the pretext of celebrating our new democracy."
4) A variation on the theme:
"`Nothing is certain or permanent in this world, especially in this country.'5) This exchange, which could serve as the novel's thematic statement:
“`Even our new democratic system?'
“`Especially that,' Thekiso said firmly and rose to leave."
“`What are you then, now?' Tau Ditoro asked just as suddenly as he had appeared at my side.6) Followed shortly thereafter, however, by:
“`What do you mean?'
“`A true believer or a sceptic?'
“`A true believer.'
“`The only true faith!' he bellowed as he bundled me into the car ..."
"`Too much scepticism can be bad for your eyesight.'""Yes," you'll be saying to yourself about now, "this book looks worth reading." And you'll be right.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014