A Gripping Novel for October, The Curator
‘The Curator’ is a new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Prize in Africa, Jacques Strauss. It embodies things that we are not too brave to talk about. Fictitious as it is, Strauss manages to paint the darker sides of society and people in a way that is believable. Murder and family disintegration are a solid part of this read.
The author brings out the theme of murder based on one that happened in 1976 in South Africa. He introduces us to murder in the first chapter. After which he goes ahead to contrast and compare murder cases back then and now that we may be able to see if there is a change in murder cases as South Africa claims.
He goes ahead to show us the things that cause a family to disintegrate as seen in Deyer’s family. Notably, these themes are packaged in such dark humor.
‘The Curator’ makes us aware of deep-seated issues that cause people to behave in the manner that they do. They are the same issues that cause people to be selfish and unreasonable and everything in between. One of the characters that dominate this book, Werner Deyer son of Hendrik Deyer, is an example of a man with deep-seated issues. And that makes it easy for us to say that he is stuck in a rut. More like a victim of his own behavior.
First of all, his habits are self destructive to the childhood dream that he wants to attain by all means. And that dream carries the title of this book.
He does not spare his imagination when it comes to thinking about ways of trampling and getting rid of people (including his own family member) to catch up on his dreams and interests that he has nurtured from childhood- the dream of curating an art gallery.
Werner shows contempt towards people who have not wronged him. It paints an aspect of quarter-life crisis and the longing to nurture a childhood dream that keeps growing distant with each passing day because again Werner is such a lazy man who dreams too big.
The writing technique that Strauss uses in this book shows us that he is confident about stretching his creative muscles and using literary freedom. His characters use the words like ‘bass’ instead of ‘boss’, ‘oubass’ instead of ‘our boss’.
You will find out that it’s not only Werner who carries the burden of being destructive to the wellbeing of his family. The vicious cycle of evil is actually intertwined in secrets, jealousies and resentment by members of his family–Hendrik Deyer’s family.
There are twists and turns from characters that you will not see coming in this book. Only if you read then you will understand. 10% discount is guaranteed on this book of the month. You can get it here.
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