What To Do With Lobsters in a Place Like Klippiesfontein wins, at the very least, the award for oddest book title of 2015.
And it all begins with just that: the arrival of lobsters in Klippiesfontein, a small rural town set in South Africa. There’s fascination and scepticism at first, which soon goes beyond the lobsters, for the town is full of prejudice. This book shows a small town divided by racism, with those few standing against it shining through with their mass of positive attributes, willing to make a stand despite what’s going on in their own life.
Oom Marius is forced to leave town as his wife, Tannie Hettie, discovers she has cancer. His choice of Petrus as the one to run the shop in his absence shines a light on the dissonance in the town’s views; it shows both the best and worst of human nature.
The book feels real, and goes at a gentle pace to travel through the many facets of human emotion in a town where people have been brought up to believe one way, while others, little by little, chip through that hardened prejudice and create little glimmers of hope.
It’s just a very nice book. You’ll really feel for the characters, whether it be in the face of death, or their craziest, shotgun-toting moments. You come to know them, understand what’s driving them, and that’s why you keep turning the pages.
1st May 2015 | Cargo