Here’s this week’s review. I was extremely tired in the video and moderately ill (read: hungover) so I apologize for any missing information.
Chairman of Fools examines the plight of a supposedly successful writer, and professor of literature, Farai Chari, an ambitioius artist whose self-confidence is under threat. Increasingly paranoid, he fells the pull of tradition and culture and the hollowness of middle-class aspirations in a cruel country. He yearns for a world in which men and women can freely associate with one another, students respect their teachers, wives honour their husbands, and he can enjoy the freedom to gratify his passions without chastisement.
(This book has 0 to little to do with what its back cover says, haha!)
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Another very interesting book you may be interested in is:
INTEROGATING CHARACTERS IN MAPENZI (1999) AND CHAIRMAN OF FOOLS (2005): A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHARACTERS’ MENTAL INSTABILITY : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3843371520/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3/179-9528323…
– “This study comparatively analyses the importance of the writers’ use of mentally unstable characters in the projection of the political, social and economic realities in post-independence Zimbabwe. The texts examined are Mapenzi (1999) and Chairman of Fools (2005). The study argues that the writers use characters’ mental instability both as a condition and a technique to comment on the social reality obtaining in the post-independence era. This becomes an effective strategy as it allows the writers not only to aptly capture the human condition but also the freedom to comment on overt and sensitive political, social and economic issues which most writers focusing on the period have not addressed. In other words, the characters’ mental condition becomes a shield against possible victimisation for saying out issues which are considered subversive.”