White Lightning

A motorcycle messenger goes into a small park in London to paint the words White Lightning on the tank of his bike This is the beginning of an extraordinary novel It is told over the space of a few months, and in these few months one man s whole life his failures, his successes, his longing for peace and fulfillment, his loves and his tragedies are recounted TheseA motorcycle messenger goes into a small park in London to paint the words White Lightning on the tank of his bike This is the beginning of an extraordinary novel It is told over the space of a few months, and in these few months one man s whole life his failures, his successes, his longing for peace and fulfillment, his loves and his tragedies are recounted These memories include his film Suzi Crispin, Night Nurse, and the darkest moment the death of his son, which has haunted him He inherits a small amount of money and buys a rundown farm, where he dreams of creating an Arcadia On the farm is a captive baboon, Piet, who becomes startlingly involved in his new life He also has a love affair with a local woman, and becomes hauntingly involved with an African family of squatters All the while the narrator contemplates his own life back in England and so the novel is also a sharp commentary on what Englishness means This is a novel about the human enterprise It is surprising, tender, funny and utterly original.
White Lightning A motorcycle messenger goes into a small park in London to paint the words White Lightning on the tank of his bike This is the beginning of an extraordinary novel It is told over the space of a few mo

  • Title: White Lightning
  • Author: Justin Cartwright
  • ISBN: 9780340821756
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
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    1 thought on “White Lightning”

    1. This is an excellent book. It looks at a character that is flawed and broken by life. We then get a glimpse into his hope for the future which is ruthlessly dashed. Brilliant! But what comes out of this is a De Martinian slash phoenix realisation that life has the ability to deal us crashing blows to take us on courses wildy unplanned, unimagined and unhoped for, yet in that course one can come to terms with paths that are undesired. Kronk aiming to be the big movie director find himself ultimat [...]

    2. A strange book with an unusual story line and protagonist, but Cartwright's prose is perfection. Read everyone of his books - he is a genius.

    3. I am so glad this was picked by my Reading Group, otherwise I would never have discovered this wonderful book or author. The writing is of an outstanding quality - honest, funny and ultimately very haunting - and covers an impressive range of themes including family, history, race, class, gender, identity and meaning.

    4. Slow to start but it settled into James Kronk's story of going back to South Africa to see his dying mother. He buys a run down farm house complete with baboon and sets about trying to set up his life again. Very good writing.

    5. A very clever multi- layered story that was a joy to read although you just knew there could be no happy ending.

    6. I really enjoyed this book and so wanted it to end well for him and keep alive the hope that you can take control of your destiny and make life changes that work out!Its hard to say too much without giving things away but I loved his enthusiasm and optimistic outlook for the various projects and people he took on and how he got fitter and happier as he shed his London gloom.Its interesting that some reviews have said that its a slow read or doesnt get going till chapter 11 but I didnt find that [...]

    7. A man returns to South Africa to be with his dying mother and considers his failed life.The first ten chapters of this book are awful, the writing is far too overblown and the story is just whiny / dull. From chapter eleven (where the man begins his friendship with the baboon) the story becomes interesting and the writing style is much sharper (although it still has flabby sections). The man’s relationship with the baboon is convincing / sad and forms a focal point for the story to evolve.If y [...]

    8. A pet theme of mine, colonial righteousness in Africa, threw a few good punches in this story when the ex-pat narrator returns to South Africa to await the death of his elderly mother. “… playing God was the great attraction of the colonies” (p.114). I admired Cartwright’s insight into the African condition, juxtaposed against his British life, as he attempts to put down roots again. His language shines.

    9. Took a while to start relating to the main character, but once in, this is a worth while read, esp for South Africans with a bit of a rural bent, and interest in the changing dynamics and identities of individuals in the context of the post-apartheid SA. Disturbing but also authentic in a weird sort of way.

    10. Fast becoming one of my favourite authors. He writes beautiful prose with such ease.Although this was a book about many emotions (grief, regret, guilt, wonder, joy) is was never maudlin rather it was almost factual, leaving the emotions to the reader.Deserving of 5 stars.

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