African Me and Satellite TV is a novel by South African born author Jo Robinson. The story line is a prime example of Robinson’s love of writing about human frailty.
The story takes place in modern-day Zimbabwe (after Morgan Tvangirai’s party merged government with ruling party led by Robert Mugabe 2009 – 2013).
After years of depression, the heroine, Suzette Herzog is faced with two very dangerous racists. After a series of events, this married couple makes it their life’s mission to destroy Suzette.
It is unfortunate, but true that such people do still very much exist in the region today. As someone who lives in Southern Africa, I find the plot and characters to be very realistic.
Other characters in the book were also very entertaining and well thought-out.
The issues of human rights and animal cruelty form part of the main plot and large chunks of the book are dedicated to this topic as viewed from the point of view of Suzette.
Apart from a few easily overlooked typo’s the language flows effortlessly. Overall the book was an enjoyable read, which also made me think about the issues we face in the region.
I recommend the book for anyone who wants to read a genuine African story. If you enjoy stories of triumph of the human soul then this would be your book.
I give the book 3 out of 5 Stars.
Find the book on Amazon here.
Jo Robinson blog: africolonialstories.wordpress.com
About the reviewer
Sarina often sat on the peaks of the dunes of Southern Africa watching the ocean tide drift in. A daydreamer, often dreaming up stories for lands somewhere over the rainbow. She is a mother, a wife, a blogger and an overall creative spirit. Above all, she is a human being.
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