(Pdf / ebook) The Raw Man BY George Makana Clark
Given its colonizers the boot The Raw Man is a very strange
very uniue novel about the life of a young Rhodesian Zimbabwean man uniue novel about the life of a young Rhodesian Zimbabwean man Sergeant Gordon The novel is told backwards from the time of his death to the time of his birthThe novel is full of creepy but memorable characters ghosts psychics slaves terrorists etc etcEach chapter is disturbing grotesue and yetit is a strong novel that tells the disturbing tale of a nation scarred by centuries of war racism and sufferingI wouldn t say that I enjoyed reading the novel but *I recognize the strength of the novel and its literary merit This dark *recognize the strength of the
novel and its literary merit This dark novel challenges all the conventions and its literary merit This dark novel challenges all the conventions it traces the life of Sergeant Gordon backward through time from his death in the novel s opening to his birth on the final page Set in Africa and filled with the oral traditions of Shona and Xhosa storytelling the narrative straddles Zimbabwe s war of independence from the perspective of a working class family from the white minority rule that s been hiding its mixed race heritage The result is mythic and dark and oracular Along the way you ll see tender moments of connection and first love uxtaposed with the horrors of war and loss that can never be spoken of The read is challenging at times but the rewards are worth it Highly recommende. The secrets of his own ancestry The Raw Man is a uniue and powerful first novel a mixing of reality and myth and histories real and imagined It is a story which has never before been told a conjuring of an extraordinary place and time which reverberates beyond the pages Reminiscent in its intensity to Joseph Conrad in its scope to J M Coetzee and in its storytelling to Jorge Luis Borges The Raw Man is a revelatory work of fiction and one that is impossible to forget.
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Books A Work Of GeniusA work of genius novel that needs to be reread to be fully enjoyedWonderful details wonderful poetic writing a very interesting structure and setting Extremely uniue I can t recommend it enough When I started this book I thought it was going to be one that I could really get my teeth into However after a few chapters I was starting to doubt it and probably gave up around a uarter of the way through I very rarely give up on books but Flappers just couldn t get any further with this one Grim and mystical story of a doomed uadroon in Rhodesia as it was called back then embracing his cultural heritage contrary to his shameful father The book starts with Gordon s death at peace at last andump backwards to his birth letting us know of the hardships of his life his roots and the bewitching Africa that gave him birthSomber yet fascinating This is one of those rare books that rewards re reading If you want a book where you can casually follow along flipping pages and not truly engaging with the story look elsewhere Clark has written a book that pulls in and rewards the reader who seeks out the story behind what is written and is willing to work to put
both what narrator shares and what the narrator leaves out The almost reverse timeline narrative It begins with a ourney In a resurrected bungalow on the edge of the fledgling nation of Zimbabwe Sergeant Gordon's story has come to rest He has borne it across drought blasted floodplains and highlands fleeing the copper mine which was his prison for many years Back there in the underground darkness his story first took form told as it came to him in patterns and pieces forwards and backwards in time until it became a breathing speaking entity moving out through Tructure is a bit off putting especially if you TAKE A LITTLE WHILE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK a little while to read the whole book are reuired to remember seemingly insignificant details in case they turn out to be very significant indeed The structure does make it interesting though and heart wrenching at times You can see how early life has played a huge part in determining how life has turned out for the main character I discovered George Makana Clark s short stories in Witness and Ecotone and they re among the best I ve ever read The Hippo Hunterstogether both what
is unforgettable Similar themes and characters appear in The Raw Man It sunforgettable Similar themes and characters appear in The Raw Man It s book that demands to be read twice at least So why no book cover on Goodreads KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Guardian This thrilling novel spans the birth of a nation Zimbabwe and the life story of one man who seems to embody its horrors and contradictions The novel s reverse chronology reveals secrets in a way that is particularly satisfying In this novel the magic of the ancestors is potent while their prophets are ust as misguided as those of the west The language is spare yet evocative studded with surprising images and haunting moments Reading The Raw Man made me realize something modern Africa while it may be irrevocably damaged and continues to be ruthlessly exploited has for the most part. He tunnelsIn sections oscillating between the material and spiritual worlds we learn Gordon's story in reverse from the military to adolescent rebellion a patchwork education and the brutal initiations of youth; back to childhood birth and beyond We travel the scarred landscapes of Southern Africa a fractured region contending with its own history and a terrible present reality Gordon must do the same; reading the blood stories of those he meets uncovering in visions.