The Eternal Audience of One
Simon & Schuster, 2021 (2021)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
émy Ngamije has written a story with lots of verve that is entertaining from start to finish. Séraphim, originally from Rwanda, is making his way through college in Cape Town and it's the first time he's been away from home.
éraphim's family escaped to Namibia during the time of all the killings. Through hard work, his parents have been able to provide well for their three sons. We are in a rich though racist world. Cape Town's delights are all sampled and in the friends' banter we learn about the pluses and minuses of coming from there or Kenya, Zimbabwe, or Nigeria.
ccording to Séraphim, his parents do not understand him and neither do his many friends and girlfriends. He has trouble understanding himself, and so to help out, he has imaginary selves who speak up when the going gets rough.
gamije's voices ring true, as do the actions and the Tweets. I'm looking forward to his next work, especially if it has a more complicated plot.
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