By André Brink
Whilst turn Lochner, a seedy, drained journalist fleeing a failed marriage, sees a gorgeous girl with 4 breasts in Devil's Valley, he thinks it's a mirage. yet then a guy known as Lukas demise stands sooner than him. So starts off Lochner's look for "the truth" first hinted at via a tender pupil in Cape city who was once mysteriously killed. Lochner meets Lukas Death's extended family, the place righteousness prevails by way of day and depravity by way of evening, the place punishment for misdemeanors is precis, but brutal murderers stroll unscathed. not anything in Devil's Valley is because it turns out: the supernatural is an factor of each day, the residing and the useless are by no means fairly separate, the ugly coexists with the banal.
Vibrant and darkly funny, Devil's Valley is appropriate leisure from a grasp storyteller.
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We go in on tiptoe because Jojo and the kids are sleeping. ” So I tell her. But without getting my hopes up because my sister’s not much of a psychologist. The sack’s sturdy, it could hold a whole marketplace, and yet, there’s nothing inside. I say a sack, but I’m not talking about those pathetic little bags they have at the supermarket that always split open. 45 46 Anna Gavalda My sack . . at least the way I picture it . . it looks more like one of those big square white-and-blue-striped contraptions that the big black mamas carry on top of their heads in Paris in the Barbès district.
He tells her “Go get dressed” as if he hadn’t heard her and she asks again:What’s going on? He answers: there’s a problem, the fetus isn’t alive anymore. She gets dressed. When she comes back to sit down, she’s silent and her face doesn’t show anything. He types a bunch of stuff on his keyboard and at the same time he makes some phone calls. ” 27 28 Anna Gavalda At the moment, she doesn’t know what to make of a statement like that. By “some not-very-fun moments,” maybe he meant the thousands of blood tests that would leave her arm a mess, or the ultrasound the next day, the images on the screen and all the measurements to understand what he would never understand.
In my head I keep repeating “Sonia” like a jackass, and I put down the magazine to look for a cigarette. I’m thirty-eight years old and I’m well aware that my life is going up in fucking smoke. The ceiling is flaking off oh-so-gently. One scratch of the fingernail and entire weeks are gone. Seriously, the other day I heard someone talking about the Gulf War. ” “In ’ninety-one,” they answered, like I needed the Britannica for the details. . But the truth is, fuck it, that was the first time I’d heard anybody mention it.
Devil's Valley by André Brink