Once in a while a publisher receives a book submission that makes
them sit back in their chair, read out loud what is in front of them and
laugh at the pure joy the writing and imagery evoke. This was the case
with the first three short stories author Yusuf Daniels submitted to
They were instantly recognisable. They were funny as hell. The
nostalgia, triggered by the mere mention of a sight, sound or smell,
instantly transported the reader to a time and place that spoke
to Coloured culture and lived experiences on the Cape Flats and
surrounding townships. There was something magical about the way
Daniels recollected his memories from his childhood in those first three
stories, which he had also posted on Facebook, eliciting a slew of likes,
shared experiences and feedback from his followers to “write more”
and “do you remember, Yussie …”.
Living Coloured (because Black and White were Already Taken) is a
compilation of short stories that is an ode to an era all Cape Coloured
people will instantly recognise – from the nightclubbing at Space
Odyssey and the shenanigans at the Mitchells Plain public swimming
pool, to the traditions of delectable food exchanges during Ramadan
among Muslims and Christians, alike. This book truly is a tribute to all
that the Coloured community holds dear and sings of the spirit which
helped them eek out an existence on the dusty flat plains of the Cape.
But as you read story after story, you will also be confronted with the
blatant racism that was the Group Areas Act, the legacy of a people
removed and dumped in this windswept place that wasn’t of their
own making, and the constant forging ahead to make life worthwhile
under very harsh political and economic circumstances. The stories will
also leave you seething with anger at the sheer brutality of what this
community had to endure (and still do), while their black counterparts
in the township next door lived even harsher realities.
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Thu, 20 Jun 2019 | Review by: Gigi S
Just so excited to receiving my copy which I have just ordered. I cannot wait as I too am a child of that era!
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