The Or­der of Things

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO CITY BEAT -

AN Aus­tralia-based, South African-raised lawyer and writer has re­leased a novel that takes the reader back to South Africa’s apartheid era.

In The Or­der of Things au­thor Basil Ge­or­giou, who grew up in South Africa dur­ing apartheid, weaves to­gether the grip­ping stories of an Afrikaner, an English im­mi­grant and a black man whose par­ents work as farm labour­ers, who each tries to forge his des­tiny.

In­spired by Ge­or­giou’s own ob­ser­va­tions of apartheid-era South Africa, The Or­der of

Things jux­ta­poses the jour­ney of its white char­ac­ters, Mar­ius Stry­dom and Neil Robert­son who en­joy the priv­i­leges of their skin colour, with the chal­lenges faced by its black pro­tag­o­nist, Jeremiah Ngubeni, who ex­pe­ri­ences a re­pres­sive South Africa.

‘Be­ing a de­scen­dant of migrants, I was af­forded a way of life that was de­nied to the de­scen­dants of the an­cient tribes of Africa,’ Ge­or­giou said.

‘With­out be­ing judge­men­tal, I wanted Mar­ius and Neil to take the reader in­side the homes of white South Africans, and for Jeremiah to give us a taste of what it was like to grow up as a black South African dur­ing apartheid.

‘I wanted to tell the story through their eyes and their hearts.’

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