Paradise (Paperback)


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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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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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! Margitte

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Imprint

Kwela Books

Country of origin

South Africa

Release date

May 2014

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Dimensions

234 x 154 x 20mm (L x W x T)

Format

Paperback

Pages

237

ISBN-13

978-0-7957-0666-0

Barcode

9780795706660

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0-7957-0666-9



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