The Book of Not A sequel to Nervous Conditions this is a powerful and engaging story about one young woman s quest to redefine the personal and political forces that threaten to engulf her As its title suggests thi

  • Title: The Book of Not
  • Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • ISBN: 9780954702373
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sequel to Nervous Conditions, this is a powerful and engaging story about one young woman s quest to redefine the personal and political forces that threaten to engulf her As its title suggests, this is also a book about denial and unfulfilled expectations and about the theft of the self that remains one of colonialism s most pernicious legacies The novel disrupts anyA sequel to Nervous Conditions, this is a powerful and engaging story about one young woman s quest to redefine the personal and political forces that threaten to engulf her As its title suggests, this is also a book about denial and unfulfilled expectations and about the theft of the self that remains one of colonialism s most pernicious legacies The novel disrupts any comfortable sense of closure to the dilemmas of colonial modernity explored in Nervous Conditions and as such is a fitting sequel.

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    About “Tsitsi Dangarembga

    1. Tsitsi Dangarembga says:

      Spent part of her childhood in England She began her education there, but concluded her A levels in a missionary school back home, in the town of Mutare She later studied medicine at Cambridge University, but became homesick and returned home as Zimbabwe s black majority rule began in 1980.She took up psychology at the University of Zimbabwe, of whose drama group she was a member She also held down a two year job as a copywriter at a marketing agency This early writing experience gave her an avenue for expression she wrote numerous plays, such as The Lost of the Soil, and then joined the theatre group Zambuko, and participated in the production of two plays, Katshaa and Mavambo.In 1985, Dangarembga published a short story in Sweden called The Letter In 1987, she also published the play She Does Not Weep in Harare At the age of twenty five, she had her first taste of success with her novel Nervous Conditions The first in English ever written by a black Zimbabwean woman, it won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989 Asked about her subsequent prose drought, she explained, There have been two major reasons for my not having worked on prose since Nervous Conditions firstly, the novel was published only after I had turned to film as a medium secondly, Virginia Woolf s shrewd observation that a woman needs 500 and a room of her own in order to write is entirely valid Incidentally, I am moving and hope that, for the first time since Nervous Conditions, I shall have a room of my own I ll try to ignore the bit about 500 Dangarembga continued her education later in Berlin at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie, where she studied film direction and produced several film productions, including a documentary for German television She also made the film Everyone s Child, shown worldwide including at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.



    2 thoughts on “The Book of Not

    1. This is the sequel to Dangarembga's seminal and fantastic Nervous Conditions. The back cover claims that the sequel "is destined for similar success". I have to disagree. One of the most difficult tasks for an author is to come back and make their second book as good or better than their introductory smash-hit. Harper Lee essentially said "fuck it" and left To Kill A Mockingbird alone in its brilliance. Stephen King still hasn't learned to shut up. So really, an author could go either way. It to [...]

    2. Another excellent read. This wasn't as exciting as "Nervous Conditions" for me, but I think that's just because Nyasha is far less involved and you have less of an extreme contrast of views between main characters. I think this book is also harder to get into if you can't connect to the experience of colonization, yet at the same time I don't really understand how even a basic understanding of colonization could still remain so out of reach if you've already read "Nervous Conditions". That said, [...]

    3. This book was disappointing after having read Nervous Condition, which I rated very highly. Tambu sets her sights high as she continues her studies at the Sacred Heart School. She studies hard, setting her sights on receiving the top trophy that she has been admiring for a couple of years. Although she deserves it, a white student is the receiver. Tambu's disappointments throughout this story, send her into states of rage and despondency. Her mother chastises Tambu for her higher than mighty att [...]

    4. Dangarembga’s own experiences are reflected in much of Tambu’s character. Their similar interests, and their pursuit of a higher education in this newly-established Zimbabwe make aspects of Tambu’s character blur with the author. This novel is the continuation of Tambu’s confrontation and reaction to societal oppression in her position as a black woman. Despite her intelligence, hard work, and education, Tambu is unable to overcome the roadblock of her position in the society. Appropriat [...]

    5. The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangaremgba‘In time of war’Helon Habila follows one girl's struggle for identity in Rhodesia's dying daysSaturday Guardian 04.11.06This is the much-anticipated sequel to Tsitsi Dangaremba's first novel, Nervous Conditions, which famously began, 'I was not sorry when my brother died.' The Book of Not opens just as boldly, with a leg, severed from its body, flying through the air and getting hooked on a tree branch, to remain there suspended, dripping blood. This pend [...]

    6. Alright, I'm going to start out and be blunt with this review: This book was a disappointment. In fact, it was a major disappointment. (I wanted to give this three stars because the writing is still great, but a friend convinced me to round my 2.5 stars down to 2. Sorry Tsitsi Dangarembga)I absolutely fell in love with this book's prequel: Nervous Conditions. I knew very well going into reading The Book of Not that it wouldn't live up to the first book's success and fame: sequels never do. The t [...]

    7. I liked this book a lot, but the ending doesn't provide closure. Too much set up for the next book. Still, it provides a clear picture of life during civil unrest, the difficulty particularly of being a teenager facing the issues of loyalty and identity. How does one cope with violence and confusion without becoming overwhelmed? The book's structure is weak but the writing is sound.

    8. 1. Let's be honest: Nervous Conditions is just about the toughest book to follow up in the world. Dangarembga could have stopped there and literature would have yearned after more for her, but she'd still be a Major Author, but of the Harper Lee school. And if you haven't read Nervous Conditions yet, you should really, really, really get on that: it's an amazing book.2. The Book of Not is less disappointing than it is confusing. Part of me thinks it would stand better on its own, that it doesn't [...]

    9. The sequel to Nervous Conditions, tells the struggles of a black girl in colonial Rhodesia with the backdrop of the rebel war and movement to an independent Zimbabwe. The story plots Tambu's achievements that are stolen, dismissed and hopes destroyed as she realises he rejection of her village life and embarrassment of her culture, cannot change the race politics of colonial/ post-colonial Rhodesia. Her determined attempts to enter new socio-economic standing under the misconception that a merit [...]

    10. This sequel to "Nervous Conditions" is quite good, but not all that I wanted it to be. I still love Dangarembga's writing style, her use of language, her characters. But I wanted more tension between Tambu and her mother. This conflict opens the novel, but it fades in the distance, perhaps mirroring Tambu's own mind separating her life at a colonial Catholic school and her family's life on the homestead where the resistance to British colonialism is brewing. But I think this contrast could have [...]

    11. This second book in the series is much more morally ambiguous than Nervous Conditions, where we find Tambu knitting dark green gloves for the white Rhodesian troops. This moral ambiguity makes it difficult to simply empathise with Tambu, although clearly racism is a key feature of her school life, and subsequent working life. As such, it reminds me most closely to Native Nostalgia (Jacob Dlamini) in generating discomfort around being compromised by compromising conditions. in some ways therefore [...]

    12. I agree that Nervous Conditions is difficult standard to live up to. This book has a very different tone to it, which is probably a good thing. We find Tambu in a strict Catholic school setting which could not be more different than the setting of the first book. Her character is in some ways freed from the perceived constraints of her homestead whilst simultaneously being oppressed by an entirely new ideology which she is desperately trying to find her place in. The very last section of the boo [...]

    13. Having enjoyed Nervous Conditions, I was glad to find this sequel. It begins a bit slowly with descriptions to orient the reader, but soon picks up. After having followed Nyasha's identity struggles between European and African in Nervous Conditions, I found the variation experienced by Tambu valuable. It was not an easy time to be a charity minority scholar at a Catholic girls' school. Racism was systemic and profound.For once, I felt an author handled an ending well. It is a hard book to say m [...]

    14. The sequel to Nervous Conditions we find Tambu's ongoing quest to redefine the personal, political and historical forces threatening to destroy her and her country pre/post globalization . Dangarembga showcases the education system, the liberation struggle and attitudes of contemporary Zimbabweans in an incisive and insightful examination of a system calculated to destablize the sense of self. After decolonization we find Tambu still searching for self-knowledge and her place in this new way of [...]

    15. Having finished this novel I am sitting here wondering if the creators of "Mad Men" had read it. There are quite a few parallels between Peggy and Tambu's experiences at an advertising agency, but Peggy only has to deal with some chauvinistic American males. Tambu is up against both white men and institutionalized racism. The ending leaves the reader hoping that Dangarembga will write a third novel about Tambu -- and wishing this one could have ended on a happier note.

    16. I was disappointed with this book. Maybe it's too difficult to follow up Nervous Conditions, but I just expected more. Some stuff felt really dragged out, and then a bunch of stuff was crammed in the last 50 pages. And I didn't always get Tambu's motivation. Hopefully the last of the trilogy will return to earlier glory!

    17. I picked up Nervous Conditions 20 years ago when I was backpacking in Zimbabwe. The story of Tambu provided insight on the country and was a souvenir that I treasured. The Book of Not while interesting was not as engaging and Tambu has developed some rough edges. I still plan to pick up the third book in the trilogy to follow Tambu's journey further.

    18. The second book follows the theme of nervous conditions - 'this business of womenhood is a heavy burden'. A truly emotive book that pulls at your gut as to the injustice of being born a certain gender, race and within an economic circumstance. The title sums up the feeling u are left with once you finish the book - the book of not.

    19. Tambudzai's journey is fascinating in The Book of Not, but one would have expected an amazing rendition of her growth - something as electric as in Nervous Conditions. The burden of a great first novel!

    20. The book is about women's quest to redefine the personal and political forces.In the book of NOT the author shows the struggles of young Tambu to fit in one of the black students at a largely white private school.This book shows the African similar interests and their pursuit of higher education.

    21. Dangarembga 's ability to engage the reader into the story is commended once more. However; I was immensely disappointed at how hardworking, intelligent, seemingly resilient and very disciplined young Tambu's life turned out to be. Such as sad ending really

    22. I come to read the reviews as I have just finished the first and find that the last reviewer spoiled it! Thanks Ropafadzo!

    23. This was a hard read for me. It was a good follow up to 'Nervous Conditions' but I prefer the first one.

    24. Ah Tsitis, what happened? Seriously lost the plot. Such a disappointment after a thoroughly enjoyable prequel.

    25. Heart breaking good and a good sequel (although it took me a long time to get over the loss of the narrative tone of Nervous Conditions)

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