by John van de Ruit | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780143024842 Global Overview for this book
Registered by snufkin81 of Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on 1/16/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
South Africa's answer to Adrian Mole, John "Spud" Milton keeps a diary of his first year at a posh boys' boarding school in Natal in 1990. He and his friends (with names such as "Mad Dog", "Gecko" and "Rambo") get up to all sorts of mischief, which makes for hilarious reading.

Spud for me indicates a change of direction for South African fiction. It's no longer a given that a local novel will be bleak, dry and political - it's ok to be proudly South African and to have lots of fun at the same time. Finally local publishers have realised that genres such as comedy, romance, mystery thriller and *gasp!* even fantasy have a market in South Africa - we don't actually all want to read gritty (guilty?) realism. Yay for Spud!

I'm releasing this book to fulfil V in the African Authors A-Z Challenge.

Journal Entry 2 by snufkin81 from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, January 20, 2008
I'm posting this off to a South African friend in the UK. I'm not sure if she's read it yet, but if she hasn't I hope she enjoys it.

Journal Entry 3 by Lila-Lize from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I received the book by post from a friend in South Africa who is a bookcrossing member. Though I've heard of the novel before, I've never actually read it. Once I've started I couldn't put it down and it went everywhere with me...on the bus, the tube, to the park. What a pleasure to read - can't wait to pass it on!

Reading Spud enabled me to view a, often regarded to be sensitive, time in South Africa's history through fresh eyes. John Milton (Spud) is everything I'm not (male, born more than a decade before me in a different part of the country into a family that is thankfully the exact opposite of mine) but at the same time we're suprisingly alike!
The familiarity of his South African upbringing meant that I could appreciate his super sharp humour and often satirical views. Reading Spud made me feel like I'm right back at home though I really was in the heart of London struggling to survive a cold miserable winter.
Cleverly written, sensitive (not to be confused with boring) and fantastically fresh!

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