A fascinating allegory of ambition and prejudice
After publishing many children’s stories, Khulekani Magubane’s latest riveting book narrates a tale delving into the mindsets of numerous South Africans migrating to the city with only their ambition and dreams of a better life.
Khulekani’s brilliant use of symbolism paints a vivid picture of the parallels between country and city life. Growing up in a small town in Escourt and having graduated DUT with a diploma in journalism, Khulekani is well equipped with the experiences that so many South African youth face upon making the plunge for a better life.
Racers, rats and rubbish bins is a story revolving around Rapula, a young rat who lives in a closed environment where he is told what to believe is good and right. After he and his sister get lost, they embark on a journey into an unknown world. Fascinated and challenged by the new elements he begins to question the way he was raised. But while change can bring growth, it could also leave destruction in its wake.
Four out of five stars for the books enlightening social commentary and fantastic use of metaphor that captures the human condition with effortless grace.
Khulekani, who always possessed a deep passion for writing joined the Dancing Pencils, a literacy program that empowers people through creative writing. While completing his qualification, he published several pieces with The Dancing Pencil’s sister organization Umsinsi Press. Khulekani, now a senior financial reporter for News 24, is currently working on his twenty-second book.
For more information on Khulekani’s work and The Dancing Pencils visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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