Dog Eat Dog
Kwela Books, 2004 - 222 ページ
Dingz is an average Wits student “ struggling with money, partying with his friends, picking up girls, skipping lectures, making up elaborate excuses for missing exams. A bright, articulate guy, Dingz and his circle of friends sit around drinking and discussing current affairs “ Aids, racism, South African politics and history “ in between some hair-raising adventures, like being kidnapped by taxi-drivers, contracting gonorrheal or trying to fake a death certificate. A constant backdrop is the subtle and not-so-subtle racism of the university, which threatens to exclude him financially. This is an authentic, witty slice-of-life set at the time of the first democratic elections, full of interesting perceptions and vivid descriptions, and well-drawn and believable characters. Dingz is an interesting and plausible chap “ intelligent and likeable, but no saint. His anger at racism is sometimes over-the-top but certainly not hard to understand, and his cynicism in using the race card is amusing. Sometimes he "s unpleasant, sometimes silly “ Tippex-ing out an old name on a birthday card to give to his new girlfriend “ but frequently charming. A complex, multi-faceted personality, with plausible flaws and strengths.