"We walked on a patch of grass that seemed to have been burnt a few hours earlier, with soot covering our feet. There, in front of us, lay my beloved brother, Adonis, lifeless, his body facing up. There were numerous stab wounds on his body, including his face, and his lumber jacket was half burnt."
Thus begins Kaizer Nyatsumba's tragic story of his twin brother's horrible murder. It is also an intriguing look into aspects of South African life hitherto unknown to many.
They were twins of a special kind, the closest of friends, and each other's confidantes. Their mothers were sisters, they were inseparable when they grew up, they were the first graduates in the extended family, and were the ones the family depended on for leadership.
When Adonis was brutally murdered in the Pretoria area in June 2009, Kaizer was shattered and his life irrevocably changed. A part of him died with Adonis, and he has yet to come fully to terms with the loss. A very private man, the author bares his soul in this book.
"This story by the master craftsman, Kaizer Nyatsumba, is so absorbing that it is impossible to stop reading." - Michael Mandl'aButi Mathabela
Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba is the CEO of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is his seventh book.
Publisher's website: http://sbprabooks.com/KaizerMabhilidiNyatsumba
|Publisher:||Strategic Book Group, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.69(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Incomplete Without My Brother, Adonis by Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba is a moving memoir that tells of his close relationship with his brother Adonis from childhood until the latter’s brutal murder. How his brother gets his name, Adonis, fun and games with fellow children, exchanging Christmas presents with a girl inside a parked car, and getting stabbed by her boyfriend for it are only some of the escapades in the boys’ childhood in South Africa. The book also describes how they maintained their close association despite the journeys and changes in residence imposed by their studies. He gets the opportunity to go abroad (when he wears his first new suit in life) for further studies, flies to the USA, completes an orientation course, and joins Georgetown University. His studies, making friends and new relationships, marriage to his old girlfriend Patricia (when he gets his second new suit!), becoming a father, flying back to the USA, followed by divorce make interesting reading. His return from the USA, joining the editorial team of The Star newspaper and The Independent, frequent interactions with his brother Adonis, and marriage are the interesting part of the remaining pages. Incomplete Without My Brother, Adonis by Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba is the chronicle of an eventful life. The challenges he faced from early childhood and the industrious nature he exhibited make this an inspiring tale. Each and every page of this book is replete with incidents and responses capable of evoking hopes and aspirations in a reader. Well written and stimulating, this memoir can bring out all that is dormant in a reader, especially of a constructive nature.