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This Mournable Body

A Novel
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she moves to a widow's boarding house and eventually finds work as a biology teacher. But at every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point.

In This Mournable Body, Tsitsi Dangarembga returns to the protagonist of her acclaimed first novel, Nervous Conditions, to examine how the hope and potential of a young girl and a fledgling nation can sour over time and become a bitter and floundering struggle for survival.

As a last resort, Tambudzai takes an ecotourism job that forces her to return to her parents' impoverished homestead. It is this homecoming, in Dangarembga's tense and psychologically charged novel, that culminates in an act of betrayal, revealing just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be.

©2018 Tsitsi Dangarembga (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Good story not sure about the narrator

As a Zimbabwean, I was excited to see a book from a writer from my country on Audible. The story is great and touches on the challenges of mental ill health. As a native speaker, I did find the super poor pronunciation of the Shona and Ndebele words pretty distracting - and wished she had practiced with the author so that words would have sounded as the author intended.
Still enjoyed the book though 😊

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  • gardner, S.
  • 19-01-19

At times it seemed overwritten & needlessly complex

This was not a bad book by any means, but it was very hard to follow. The author used a lot of allegory throughout the book, and at times I wasn’t able to make sense of it. I couldn’t ever fully grasp the purpose of the book or what meaning the author wanted to convey through the telling of this story. It seemed at times to be overwritten, and in my opinion it could have been amazing had the approach been simpler and a little more linear.

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  • 13-11-19

Poor performance

horrible reading and horrible pronunciation of shona!. the performance ruined the book for me. should have taken on a shona reader as an advisor.