My friend and blogging sister, Takudzwanashe, read and did a review of the book “Iqunga” which loosely means “the urge to kill again”. I’m more than happy to host her on my blog and to read with you her review of the book.
Author: Dudu Busani-Dube | Cover rating:4/5 |Overall rating:4.5/5
Themes: betrayal, secrets, family, substance abuse, cleansing, history repeating itself, stress management, infidelity, postnatal trauma.
Who are the Zulu brothers?
Maybe you have never heard about the Zulu brothers or the Hlomu series. The Zulu brothers are eight identical brothers who are bug-eyed. They look out for each other and they are well known for owing Sbopho Logistics. But before they owned Sbopho Logistics they were just random taxi drivers who tried to survive in Johannesburg South Africa and sometimes they had to kill someone to get what they wanted.
This story is not about specifically focusing on one of the Zulu wives but the author takes the reader back to the past and the reader will understand why the Zulu brothers ended up being who they are. The story is told through the eyes of different characters and my favourite stories were about Nomafu, Thembeka, Maradona and Lesedi. Iqunga means ‘the urge to kill’ and the Zulu brothers realized that they did not kill someone because they had to but it had turned into a habit. The Zulu brothers never paid attention to this up until Phakeme beats the child he was playing with and he almost lost his life. The number fourteen is symbolic in this book since different events took place when Sambulo, Qhawe, Nqoba and Ntsika, Sbopho, Nyanda and Mhlabu were fourteen years old. To ensure that history does not repeat itself the Zulu brothers decided to do what is right to save their children.
What I loved about the book
- The author managed to talk about how some people had to endure being in an unhappy marriage (Thembeka and Dladla)
- Parents always want the best for their children.
- The Zulu brothers agree to cleanse themselves to save their children.
- Gaba doesn’t want his children to end up being criminals.
- Being childless can rob a woman of her joy (Mthaniya)
- People deal with pain differently
- Xolile threw wine glasses on the wall.
- Sbani would find comfort in drinking beer
- Men can father children that are not theirs.
Favourite characters: Lwandle, Mthaniya, Nomafu
Favourite quote: There is no laughter and no crying over their loss. Each of them grieved in their own space, dealing with their own unspoken guilt and unanswered questions.
Favourite Zulu brother: Qhawe
Will I be reading another book written by this author? YES
Do I recommend this book? I recommend the whole series
Cover picture: Celesta