Miss H, you are a star!!!
Someone very special to me is reading my book. She lives out there in the Us, in the State of Minnesota, what I call the set of Little House on the Prairie. Those of us who grew up in Zimbabwe in the 1980s will remember the Friday evenings when families would gather round the TV, munching on boiled mealies, to watch this really beautiful show. It has been a while since we've seen this side of America, this was before MTV, gangsta rap and warmongering Bush. Miss H, for that is what I shall call her here, has unwittingly shown me the America that I had forgotten.
She will also be remembered and loved by all for inventing spoken ChiShona with an American accent......
Not many people have had a chance to see my book yet, because not many Zimbabweans can purchase things online. So, there haven't been that many people known to me who have as yet seen it. I have been getting a lot of tribute, which I appreciate. But I am sure we all agree that it means so much more when it comes from your own folks. And Miss H certainly falls in this category.
Her initial appraisal of the whole book reminds me of a comment from Heinemman when that great literary giant Dambudzo Marechera first submitted his writing to them. It is reported that they saw the difficulty of distinguishing between what was from the author's own feelings and experiences and what was just him being clever. Miss H appears to be saying the same thing. She is a Rastafarian, a woman at that, and some of the issues I raised are not new to her. So, she would know what I am talking about.
I can't wait for her full review. I just wanted to say to her thanks so much for all the comments. After these, I can handle the scathing reaction that awaits me from some corners.
How many Zimbabweans get to be read on Little House on the Prairie?!!!!