Sunday, 15 October 2017
THE TOE-RAGS by Daphne Anderson
Then its on to their relatively wealthier aunt's home in Salisbury, and then on to better schooling (at the Convent, my high school), and finally an almost white collar job. As an adult the author leads a strange social life in Salisbury before the second world war, providing an interesting window into a largely forgotten world. During the war she marries a soldier on leave who she has known for just nine days, and on this bizarre decision this strange novel ends. (After all, don't most women's stories end with marriage? What else could there be?)
I enjoyed this book, both because it is well written, and because it is rare. If you are a tiny minority from a tiny country it is almost never you read a book by your demographic, but here we are: a book by a white Zimbabwean woman. Admittedly, the bar is high, as this small group includes Nobel laureate Doris Lessing; but this is a worthy addition.