Lost Colours of the Chameleon

Lost Colours of the Chameleon The lost colours of the Chameleon is set on the fictitious island of Bangula in the Indian Ocean an island populated by an indigenous community that coexists uneasily with Creoles mainly descendants

  • Title: Lost Colours of the Chameleon
  • Author: Mandla Langa
  • ISBN: 9781770100848
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • The lost colours of the Chameleon is set on the fictitious island of Bangula in the Indian Ocean an island populated by an indigenous community that coexists uneasily with Creoles, mainly descendants of ancient Portuguese colonizers The half a million inhabitants live under the twin shadows of an impending cyclone and an outbreak of the blood plague The novel follows tThe lost colours of the Chameleon is set on the fictitious island of Bangula in the Indian Ocean an island populated by an indigenous community that coexists uneasily with Creoles, mainly descendants of ancient Portuguese colonizers The half a million inhabitants live under the twin shadows of an impending cyclone and an outbreak of the blood plague The novel follows the story of the Colonel Gondo, a patriarch who is the father of the newly reformed nation of Bangula, and the biological father of three sons one legitimate and two illegitimate Following their father s death, the Colonel s three sons become embroiled in a bitter succession struggle Abioseh succeeds the Colonel, but has to contend with the Colonel s love child, a boy called Zebulon Zebulon grows up embittered and poverty stricken, with an aim of avenging his mother, Madu, who died of official neglect Zebulon, Abioseh s half brother, is popular among the people for the simple reason that he has made it his life s mission to comfort the bereaved, even strangers.Abioseh also has to contend with the Colonel s third son, Hieronymus Jerome, his childhood friend, who rises in the police ranks and becomes his head of security However, Hieronymus also has ambitions of power not so much to wield it conspicuously as to control the wielders of power, an eminence grise who liaises with an undertaker to topple Abioseh and install Zebulon as leader of the island This struggle for power is fuelled by the varying and personal motives of the Colonel s three sons, and reveals the fundamental divisions tearing apart the fragile nation.

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    1. An ASOY teacher from South Africa let me read her copy of this book (the author is also South African), and I'm really glad she recommended it because I'm not sure I would have come across it otherwise. It was a fascinating read, but I was disappointed by the ending. Langa is clearly satirizing many African leaders' wish that AIDS would simply go away, and there were some incredibly dramatic twists and turns and several wonderful personalities. Then with about 40 pages to go, he slowed the pace [...]

    2. Powerful, challenging, insightful. A thoughtful meditation on how leaders can get insulated from reality and from there go into really damaging behaviour.

    3. Just fiction, and set in a fictitious country, but describes politics that hit uncomfortably close to home.

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