THE THEORY OF FLIGHT
By SIPHIWE GLORIA NDLOVU Penguin Even though this is Ndlovu’s first novel it’s written with the kind of excellence and detail you’d expect from an author with decades of experience.
This enchanting and truly African book pulls you in with its cover art – which basically tells the story in symbolic images – and from the first few pages you feel as if you’re part of the fabric this intricate and interconnected story is woven from.
Although there are more than 30 characters – which I must admit did make the novel a little hard going at times – it’s made up for by the sheer power of the hatched-froma-golden egg protagonist, Imogen “Genie” Zula Nyoni, the magical centre of the story.
It unfolds in an unnamed Southern African nation that’s just emerged from civil war. But it’s not gloom and doom – rather than dwelling on what was lost, it focuses on personal triumphs and why they matter.
Each character has a purpose directly tied to Genie and her strength.
A delightful, thrilling and heart-breaking read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.