Review of Strife - The Herald

Title: Strife,
Author: Shimmer Chinodya
Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, 2006. 223 pages
ISBN: 13: 978-21-77922- 058-5 (Paperback)
Reviewed in: The Herald, Monday 9 August 2010
Reviewer: Edmore Zvinonzwa


An intriguing narrative


IMAGINE going back 150 years to try and dig up your ancestry. This should be a mammoth task given there could be over three generations between the two periods. However, this is not to suggest that it is outright impossible where traces exist. That is what Shimmer Chinodya has done in Strife. This is a story that centres on one family around 1979. ‘The country is masquerading under the oddly double-barreled surname of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia . . . it is saturated with an insipid pessimism . . . roads are mined; schools, shops, and clinics closed, the economy reeling under sanctions.’ (p.7)

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Review of Strife - Pambazuka



Title: Strife,

Author: Shimmer Chinodya

Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, 2006. 223 pages

ISBN: 13: 978-21-77922- 058-5 (Paperback)

Reviewer: Pambazuka



Strife is a rich and densely written novel that provides a dark exposé of the tension between modernity and tradition, and deep insights into culture in Zimbabwe in the 21st century. Chinodya explores the powerful draw that conflicting ideologies exercise over an emerging middle-class that at once yearns for autonomy and unconsciously desires the irresponsibility of an all-pervading destiny. Tracing the Gwanagara’s roots back over a century, Chinodya interweaves past and the present, juxtaposing incidents never forgotten or resolved, revealing how memory becomes an actor in lived time.

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Review of Strife - Complete Review

Title: Strife,

Author: Shimmer Chinodya

Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, 2006. 223 pages

ISBN: 13: 978-21-77922- 058-5 (Paperback)

Reviewer: www.complete-review.com 

The Complete Review's review:


Strife is a family saga, the story of the Gwanagaras, shifting between earlier generations' histories and that of the current one. Godfrey, called Godi ‘it definitely has no allusions to God or to freedom’, he immediately makes clear, narrates much of the book (and shapes, one imagines, the rest of the narrative). It is the story of him and his siblings, and his parents, that dominates – but the past weighs heavily on the present.

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Review of Strife - African Books Collective



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Title: Strife,

Author: Shimmer Chinodya

Publisher: Weaver Press, Harare, 2006. 223 pp. £12.95 pap.

ISBN: 13: 978-21-77922- 058-5

Reviewer: African Books Collective



Strife is the most recent novel from the Zimbabwean writer Shimmer Chinodya, who has also produced short stories, children’s books and secondary school texts, as well as the script for an award-winning film. Strife adds to Chinodya’s accomplishments by having won the 2007 Noma Award for Publishing, an annual competition for books published by African writers in Africa.

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Review of Strife - Robert Muponde

Strife: Tombstones as milestones or “Am I safe in the home that my father left me?”
Strife
By Shimmer Chinodya
Harare: Weaver Press, 2006.
ISBN: 10: 1-77922-058-8
13:978-1-77922-058-5
223 pp.


Shimmer Chinodya’s latest novel, the Noma Award winning Strife, could easily have been titled Ancestors after Chenjerai Hove’s. It is the story of a multiply haunted boyhood and manhood, and a multiply dis-eased family, whose roots stretch back across a century of turbulence.

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Review of Strife - Mail & Guardian

Mail & Guardian Winter Reading July 13 to 19 2007

Encounters with ghosts: An African family gets caught between modernity and tradition
Strife by Shimmer Chinodya
A Review by Percy Zvomuya


As tantalising as titles and covers go, I can’t remember one that comes close to Shimmer Chinodya’s Strife. When I saw the cover of Silhouetted people, arms flailing in the air, and a yellow flame, I thought of the oppressed getting fed up with the dictatorship and rising up in anger.

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Speech to Launch Strife - Ignatius Mabasa

Strife

Weaver Press Book Launch: 30.11.06
Strife, a novel by Shimmer Chinodya

Speech given to launch the book
by Ignatius Mabasa, poet and writer.


Strife! Writing is also another form of strife. Writers write from inspiration, from imagination, from society, madness, etc. They write in privacy – so many lonely days – and nights conversing, arguing and fighting with characters – some rude, some foolish and so forth. Some characters want to lead when they are not supposed to, some refuse to talk when they are supposed to – and some may be murdered by the writer, although some, off course, die because they must die. So there is also blood on the hands of a writer!

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Review of Strife - The Standard

http://www.thestandard.co.zw/entertainment/22955-strife-is-entertaining-educative.html

Standard: 24-30 January, 2010

Book Review: Strife is Entertaining, Educative

Strife by Shimmer Chinodya. Published by Weaver Press.

Reviewed: Desmond Kumbuka



In Zimbabwe, not having physically participated in the liberation struggle carries with it a stigma of sorts. War veterans and nationalists who sacrificed their lives by taking up arms to fight the colonial regime are the heroes of our time while those who did not cross the border into Mozambique or Zambia to join in the struggle are viewed as somewhat cowardly and lacking in the substance of patriotism.

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Review of Strife - Weekend Gazette

Strife
by Shimmer Chinodya
Review by Stanley Kwenda


Weekend Gazette
Thursday, 17th April.


IF one looks at the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe at this moment, where citizens voted with both their feet and hearts for what they believed would be a better Zimbabwe, the title of Chinodya’s latest book proves very appropriate.

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