Book Review: Thirteen Cents

761626Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow-side lurking in its lap:

a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, hunger, hope and moments of happiness.

This book therefore is an extraordinary and unsparing account of the coming of age on the street in Cape Town – a place of dislocation and uncertainty, desperation with glimpses of happiness.

This novel won the coveted Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

 

Word of the day:Precocious

Say it: pre-co-cious

Function: Adjective

Definition: 1. (of a child) having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected.

2.(of behaviour or ability) having developed at an earlier age than is usual or expected.

3. (of a plant) flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.

Etymology: Latin

Synonyms; Smart, Forward, Talented

Example: She was a precocious child who could read before she went to school.

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