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‘The Hairdresser Of Harare’ by Tendai Huchu

My teaser lines this week are from my current read, which has some great dark humorous moments, to temper the even darker social messaging and prejudices, within its pages.

So as not to show any ‘spoilers’, I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story… here.

The armed ‘war vets’ approached whistling and chanting. I dropped the comb I was using to unbraid the minister and covered my mouth.

Standing in the middle of this ring of death, Dumi was calm looking like a lion amongst jackals.

Kindle 56%

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

1. Grab your current read.

2. Open to a random page.

3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.

4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.

5. Remember to share the title and author too.

6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

As this was a review request, a complimentary download copy was sent to me by the author.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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    • Hi KB,

      This is certainly a different aspect of the story that I wasn’t quite expecting when I started reading. I was anticipating a cozy ‘gossipy’ read, but there has been a decidedly nasty turn to the story in the last couple of pages.

      Thanks for the visit, it is always appreciated.

    • Hi Sandra,

      It is always difficult to know just how much to pitch a new book, without either giving too much away about the story, or flooding my blog with the same book.

      I generally try and use ‘Mailbox Monday’, ‘Teaser Tuesday’ and ‘First Lines’, together with ‘My Thoughts’ and ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ if there are any new to me words that I want to share with others.

      It looks like a bit of overkill when you see it all written down like that, perhaps I should rethink my strategy?

      The book is a great piece of social reference about life in Zimbabwe, tempered with the humour of the local people which gets them through the days.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Beth,

      The teaser lines at the point where I decided to feature them, certainly weren’t what I was expecting either, a decidedly ‘dark’ part in the storyline.

      The cover really does ‘do what it says on the tin’ and completely sells the basic storyline of the book … simple and succinct.

      Thanks for visiting Fiction Books for the first time, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people, I do love to chat!

    • Hi Majanka,

      These are definitely not the sort of teaser lines that I thought I would be encountering a little over half way through the book, I had thought of something much more cozy and light-hearted.

      I think that I have stumbled across one of the parts where the reality of life in post apartheid Zimbabwe, is not as straightforward as many outside of the country would like to believe.

      It is not as ‘comfortable’ a read as I had anticipated, despite the humour which the characters try to inject into an otherwise tense situation.

      Thanks for leaving your comment, I always appreciate receiving them.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      These teaser lines came completely out of the blue and changed the tone of the whole story.

      From then on everything becomes a little more political and sinister.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always interesting to ‘meet’ new people and I love to read everyone’s comments and thoughts.

    • Hi Julie,

      Aha! then my teaser has done its job well!!

      To be honest, neither those lines, the ‘first lines’, and probably not even the synopsis, gives away the entire complexity of the plot for this great book. You really do have to read the whole thing to put all the pieces together.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments

    • Hi Amy,

      If you enjoy contemporary fiction with some excellent social commentary, then this is certainly a book you should check out.

      Thanks for visiting, I really do love chatting to everyone.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      My new 56% marker did work rather well for some great teaser lines this week, as it had just reached the point in the book where the cozy, comfortable atmosphere changes rather dramatically and alters the lives of the main protagonists forever.

      Thanks for stopping by, your great comments were much appreciated.

    • Hi Jo,

      The entire book is made up of interesting snippets of information like those teaser lines, which when taken together, show a portrait of a country where many of its people live in constant fear of the authorities and to speak out or go against the ‘norm’ means certain retribution. The humorous moments are those people just trying to make the best of their everyday lives and they add a great tenderness to the story.

      Thanks for the visit, it is good to talk with you.

    • Hi Maria,

      I almost hesitate to say that this has been an enjoyable book, as it has thrown up so many issues of a repressive regime, the huge gap between the have’s and the have not’s and the utter brutality dealt out to those who dared to challenge the prescribed moral and social codes of society.

      Interesting, well written and portraying a people who despite everything try very hard to keep cheerful, it has been.

      Thanks for your comments, I always love to receive them.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Those lines on their own are particularly intriguing, but when read in context with the rest of the story, intrigue turns to sinister and fear.

      This is a great read.

      Thanks for visiting today, there is always a welcome for you.

    • Hi Maura,

      Actually I hadn’t thought about the time zone when I wrote those lines, they don’t give anything much away in that regard, do they?

      As it is clear from the synopsis, I don’t think that I would be giving too much away to say that this is a piece of contemporary fiction, set in the post-apartheid Zimbabwe of the Mugabe dominated regime.

      Given the regime’s record on human rights and corruption, my words probably start to make a little more sense?

      Thanks for visiting Fiction Books, I love ‘meeting’ new people, especially when they leave such great comments!

  • Thanks for a great teaser!! I checked out the book on Amazon and have added it to my WL. Hopefully will be able to get to it soon, it sounds like a great read!

    • Hi Vicki,

      I am sure that you won’t be disappointed with ‘The Hairdresser Of Harare’.

      Contemporary fiction needs to be exceptionally good, before I afford it a glowing review and Tendai Huchu has got it spot on with this one.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out the book and leave your comments, I always appreciate them.

    • Hi Pepca,

      I have finished this book now, so watch for the review coming soon.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was something a little different to anything I have read before and had both great characterisations and an impressive storyline … what more could you want?

      Thanks for choosing to visit Fiction Books this week, I always love to chat, but ‘meeting’ new people is always an extra added ‘buzz’.

    • Hi Naida,

      I think that ‘The Hairdresser Of Harare’ is a book well worth you checking out, as I am sure that it is a story which you would enjoy.

      I have actually finished reading now and the review is well underway and should be out sometime this week, although sadly, a recent close family bereavement during this weekend, may delay things a little, so please bear with me.

      Tendai Huchu, has tempered the actions of an oppressive regime government and subsequently a population which lives in fear and repression, with vivid images of everday life and the slightly humorous antics of a people trying to survive with some dignity. A winning combination for me!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Fantastic book, a great piece of social writing, from a country living in fear and repression, but with the intrinsic personality of its people shining through, as they make the most of their lot and manage to fill their days with a little lightheartedness and humour.

      Not sure if it would be your kind of thing, but if you are ever looking to explore new genres and authors, then you could do worse than starting with ‘The Hairdresser Of Harare’

      Thanks for stopping by, long time, no speak!

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