Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever
made. Maja Jellema is in Cape Town to do what she does best steal.
Her new employer wants a certain item from a building in Long
Street, and the only thing that stands between Maja and her prize
is Hershel Bloch, the bumbling building manager. But what seems
like the easiest job Maja has ever seen is about to get a whole lot
more complicated . . . Will Maja be able to finish the job in time
to save her no-good brother from large Dutch men with no sense of
humour? Can Hersh turn his topsy-turvy world around before he gets
fired from Black Enterprises for being the worst estate agent in
the history of the universe? Will Surita finally make peace with
her father and stop using her judo skills on people who just want
to hug her? Can the rage-filled waitresses at The Peoples Republic
the greatest socialist coffee shop in all of Cape Town produce even
one cup of coffee without backchat? Only time will tell. And its
running out. Fast-paced and slickly-written, Paradise is both an
uproarious comedy about lawlessness and a serious allegory about
bondage. Greg Lazarus once again presents a cast of engaging,
believable characters, not least of whom is the adorable klutz,
Hershel Bloch. Finuala Dowling
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Wed, 9 Jul 2014 | Review by: Margitte
Imagine what can happen when a highly skilled professional thief, an overly ambitious 'nouveau riche' metroman, a demoralized renting agent, an over-achieving judo champion, a conniving antique collector, a passive aggressive communist waitress, a few ecoterrorists, and a collection of other delightful shady characters' paths collide? You find the asocial heart of Cape Town, South Africa. A place, where the survival of the poshies and the goofies can be a satorial experience; where peripheral characters interacting with each other, or trying to operate in mainstream society, bending the rules to suit their purposes, can result in delightful chaos. For local readers it is proudly South African and a must-read. Dare we call this story an intelligent parody of a selective part of the South African landscape? I think we can. It was brilliantly done to boot! IT COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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