From the author of critically acclaimed Don Don comes this startling journey through a distant land. In an African country, while a civil war rages, Kibwe and Zuberi meet. Both are 12 years old, both are orphans; Kibwe's parents killed in the name of war and Zuberi's in the name of trade. Kibwe is a boy and Zuberi a gorilla, a young silverback. They are on the run: Kibwe, from the horrors he has committed as a child soldier, and Zuberi, from the violent hand of man. The former is desperate to reclaim his humanity; the latter, determined to have a family once more. Can they help one another get back what each has lost?
In this, his third novel, Nick Taussig constructs two parallel yet contrasting storylines – one with a young boy soldier as narrator and the other a gorilla, a young silverback – in order to explore the best and worst of human nature in the light of our ape inheritance.
These two strands gradually come together to produce a gripping, moving and provocative book. His most ambitious novel to date, this work has a timeless and apocalyptic feel.
Would you listen to Guerilla Gorilla again? Why?
I might, but not right now. At least next time I listen to it, I know what happens.
What other book might you compare Guerilla Gorilla to, and why?
Have you listened to any of Nick Taussig’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I wish the book had been read by different south African voices to reflect the different tribes and races involved. Other than that, I thought the book was disturbing, yet thought provoking and read well.