The Death of Rex Nhongo

The Death of Rex Nhongo

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A Boston Globe best book of 2016

THIS IS THE STORY OF FIVE MARRIAGES AND ONE GUN

A British couple wonders at the unknowable city beyond their guarded compound while building walls between themselves.

An American suspects his new home is having an insidious effect on his Zimbabwean wife and their young daughter.

An enthusiastic young intellectual follows his wife to the city and finds only danger and disillusion.

An intelligence officer loses a crucial piece of evidence. It will cost him his marriage, his mistress, and maybe his life.

An impoverished taxi driver and his wife find a gun in the cab.

From this point on, all their lives are tied to the trigger.

In C.B. George's Zimbabwe, the betrayals and conspiracies of the corrupt world are nothing compared to those of marriage.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316300506
Branch Call Number: FIC GEO
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages ; 25 cm

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brangwinn
Nov 20, 2016

I’m not fond of books that unsettle my thoughts as I read them, so this book isn’t my favorite, but it’s realistic theme about life in present-day Zimbabwe makes one aware that being unsettled financially and emotionally is an everyday experience for Zimbabweans. Rex Nhongo doesn’t play a big part in the book, but the gun that killed him does. It’s the connecting point for several different lives.

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