Karoo Boy

Karoo Boy

by Troy Blacklaws


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After a freak accident, Douglas's twin brother is dead, and his family's fragmentation begins. His mother packs up their home in Cape Town and takes him to a tiny backwater town in the semi-desert Karoo region, where she withdraws into her painting. Douglas, a city kid in an insular community, makes only two friends: a beautiful girl named Marika, with her adventurous spirit and tyrannical father; and an old garage worker named Moses, with his junkyard Volvo and dreams of driving away to Cape Town.

Against the backdrop of the bitter conflict of 1970s South Africa, Douglas develops a clearer insight into himself and his place in the world, a world where dreams and reality meet in a surprising twist. Blazing with color and light, Karoo Boy offers a sensuous and lyrical evocation of South Africa that leaves a lasting impression and ultimately ends on a note of hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782757804711
Publisher: Contemporary French Fiction
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Troy Blacklaws was born in 1965 in South Africa, where he grew up. After studying English at Rhodes University, he spent two years in the army. He now teaches at the Singapore American School. Chris Martin of Coldplay called Karoo Boy "the most colourful book I have ever read". The novel is to be filmed in South Africa. Visit www.karooboy.com.

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