Tendai Huchu ( ebook ) The Hairdresser of Harare


10 thoughts on “The Hairdresser of Harare

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    This book wasn't at all what I expected The first half of the book gave a very good idea what everyday life is like in Harare and that was the best thing about it however the story was being milked with a twist that was obvi

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    The Hairdresser of Harare had a Nollywood feel that was refreshing to see in literature form with the high drama the wahala the women

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    I almost gave it five stars but because it was obvious what was happening I think really a 45 Wonderful use of language though some words are African Usually either they are explained or easy to figure out It's a really good book a

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    The Hairdresser of Harare is a touching story written in the voice of Vimbai probably the best hairdresser in Harare All ladies who have a st

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    You can read a dozen nonfiction books about Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe’s kleptocracy and fail to get a vivid sense of what life is really like there than from this recent novel by Tendai Huchu In one short work of fiction Huchu conjures up the sad reality of day to day existence in that beleaguered country the 90 percent unemployment the ubiuitous corruption the hyperinflation the ever present shortages the barely functional electricity

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    A sad and for anyone living in the west obvious story of life under the existing prejudices in much of sub Saharan Africa Primarily a tale of a single hard working mother who has had some lucky breaks a home in a good area left to her by her

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    Vimbai Harare's top hairdresser is not happy when Dumi walks into Mrs Khumalo's Hair Salon looking for a job Dumi becomes a formidable opponent in the Hair Salon but also a good friend and a potential lover when he moves into the extra room in Vimbai's house Zimbabwe is not a country that I know a lot about so I was very excited to read this book This book can be classified as light fiction but it does cover a lot of he

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    I don't know how to feel about this I was enjoying the story so much then it just fell flat for me The whole book was building towards the big twist of the story which after a while I could predict and then after the twist was revealed it was like the story had nowhere else to go or nothing to offer like the enti

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    Vimbai a brilliant 26 year old hairdresser meets competition in her place of work when a young gentleman arrives t

  10. says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsI had seen The Hairdresser Of Harare positively reviewed on other book blogs so jumped at the

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The Hairdresser of Harare

R’s deepening friendship used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind collapses in unexpected brutalityThe novel is an acute portrayal of a rapidly changing Zimbabwe In addition to Vimbai and Dumisani’s personal development the book shows us how social concerns shape the lives of everyday peopl. Vimbai a brilliant 26 year old hairdresser meets competition in her place of work when a young gentleman arrives to fill a post He is the best hairdresser Harare has ever seen Vimbai naturally feels threatened by him until she realises what a good man he is They become friends and he moves into her house to rent one of the rooms She agrees when he invites her to be his date at his brother s wedding not knowing that she is being dragged into a web of lies Dumi introduces her as his girlfriend His family is overjoyed and grateful to the girl who has cured their son Vimbai realises after a series of events that Dumi is actually gay a big sin in Zimbabwe She is disgusted She reports to the wife of the man Dumi is seeing who sets cronies of Dumi to be dealt with slowly painfully and permanentlyThe book is easy to read It is nicely written in language that is easy to consume and even though the issues raised here are heavy the author managed to make them easy to take in I m hopeful that Zimbabwe is a different place now one that isn t so hostile to something as natural as a person s sexuality I recommend the book it s something many people would enjoy Book30of2019

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In this delicious and devastating first novel which The Guardian named one of its ten best contemporary African books Caine Prize finalist Tendai Huchu The Maestro the Magistrate and the Mathematician portrays the heart of contemporary Zimbabwean society with humor and graceVimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs Khumalo’s. I almost gave it five stars but because it was obvious what was happening I think really a 45 Wonderful use of language though some words are African Usually either they are explained or easy to figure out It s a really good book about all kinds of love some kinds of hate Zimbabwe is a country being destroyed by the very leaders brought to power by the fight for independence There are shortages of everything The money is devalued every day The government ministers have thugs to handle problems to their power or electability But this book is about the government only as it touches rides over human rights Mostly it s about a beautiful unwed mother whose daughter is a charmer The father is a creep and out of the picture most of the time Her life is poor and she does the best she can with what little she has There are family feuds and healing and broken hearts Also it s about hairdressing kindness and prejudice and her handsome rich hair dressing coworker and their relationship The book is enjoyable entertaining educational and definitely worth reading I expect to and I hope to hear from this young author

review ¸ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Tendai Huchu

Salon and she is secure in her status until the handsome smooth talking Dumisani shows up one day for work Despite her resistance the two become friends and eventually Vimbai becomes Dumisani’s landlady He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors and Vimbai finds that he means and to her Yet by novel’s end the pai. The Hairdresser of Harare is a touching story written in the voice of Vimbai probably the best hairdresser in Harare All ladies who have a standing in society visit the salon of Mrs Khumalo to be served by the kind attractive professional Vimbai Then one day a charming gorgeously looking young man walks into the salon and enchanting the owner and the customers present is hired on the spot It needed just one of Dumisani s creative hair arrangements for Vimbai s life to change forever Two competing approaches to African hairdressing emerge He makes women feel great as women not giving them the illusion to be like white women Is that what Vimbai has been doing Can two styles co exist and importantly can the two hairdressers work things out between them And who is Dumisani the mystery man Tendai Huchu keeps his story telling light and easygoing with a good dose of humour and irony as he explores the increasingly complex situation at the salon its customers and suppliers and in flashback s fills in the backstory for Vimbai and her competitor The Hairdresser of Harare is for me first of all a human interest story centred on one young woman s determination to look after herself and her young daughter in current day Zimbabwe On top of her daily struggle to get by she has to confront unexpected challenges that call into uestion her self confidence her relationships and most importantly her world view All that makes the book a very engaging and meaningful read Her situation and background are very convincingly captured and can be interpreted easily as an excellent illustration of the struggle many young women face in Harare in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa Yet there is to the novel Set against the difficult political economic and societal conditions in the country Huchu very effectively weaves his astute social commentary into the intimate account of Vimbai without overwhelming the reader or slowing down the emerging drama that will take Vimbai completely by surprise Love and loyalties are challenged and Vimbai will have to face the conseuences of her actions Huchu succeeds in bringing his range of characters to life and above all he creates an authentic voice with VimbaiThe book s publicity reveals in my opinion too much of one central dramatic component of the novel however important it for the characters involved To me it is an important integral part of the narrative flow of the story that is better discovered by the reader in due course This review is based on an electronic copy of the novel provided to me by the author The views in my review are my completely my own

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  • 06 October 2019
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