MIRAGE by David Ralph Viviers
“What is this deep loneliness that pervades the Karoo like an electromagnetic field? You feel like a child again, gripping your mother’s hand, seeing the sky and bushes, the lightening for the first time.”
From the first page, this exquisitely written novel takes one on a journey of love and discovery. At times a little cryptic so one has to delve beneath the written word and use imagination, this book combines botany, history, astronomy, astrophysics, superstition and some wonderful characters. It questions love, loneliness and the future at the same time as
seeing beauty in the world around you.
Michael is a South African university student researching a Victorian writer, Elizabeth Tenant. He travels to the vast and arid Karoo in South Africa to uncover more about her, where she lived, wrote and died. Here he discovers more about himself, relives his mother’s death, and develops a deeper understanding of the world as a whole. This is a lovely thoughtful book, not to be rushed, but enjoyed and contemplated upon.
ISBN 978 1 4859 0497 7 Published by Umuzi/Penguin Random House