Thursday, May 26, 2011

Julius Chingono and John Eppel's 'Together' Reviewed

In a fractured nation, Together puts forth a coalescence of satire, sobriety, hope and sorrow. Careful scrutiny abuts simple observation as the authors weave their way through issues of race, violence, politics and religion. Eppel’s short stories are as esoteric as they are universal, colorfully describing a nosy neighbor or the farce of corrupt politics. Chingono’s economy of language constructs a heartbreaking image in a few poetic lines pleading with the reader to feel, to think. Together is a synthesis of deep sadness, sagacious humor and concentrated introspection of a society whose peoples are simultaneously drawn together and torn apart.

Lauren Schroff

Faculty of Communications

National University of Science and Technology


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