Blacklaws, Troy. Karoo Boy, A Novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BLACKLAWS, Troy. Karoo Boy, a novel. Harcourt, Harvest. 196p. c2004. 0-15-603065-9. $13.00. JSA

Cape Town, South Africa in the 1970s is a place and time of turmoil, racial unrest, and general unease as the culture and government are challenged by the underclass and the system of apartheid is falling apart. In the midst of the larger disruptions, a family's life is also fragmented by a freak accident that kills the twin brother of the hero of the book, Douglas, and results in his father leaving. Douglas's mother decides to move out to the Karoo backwaters of the country, buys a house sight unseen and vanishes into her painting career, leaving Douglas pretty much on his own. As a city kid in a rural school, he finds...

To continue reading