Listening to the story through the performance of the narrator, Nathalie Boltt, truly engaged me as a listener and brought it fully to life.
The most wonderful aspect of the story was to find so many points on which to relate to. It is a story of my homeland and took me to the places in which I grew up.
Yes, I have heard other performances of Nathalie's and felt that this particular narration has added a new level of greatness to her work. She was so compelling and vivid with her interpretation of the accents and through this, a great energy was injected into the story.
For me, the most moving moment in the book was when Lorraine's mother states, "We're living in a fool's paradise." A chill ran down my spine as I heard the words performed by Nathalie and reflected with a great unease of the decades that followed.
On the eve of Nelson Mandela's life this is indeed a poignant and haunting story to hear. The irony and sorrow portrayed so beautifully, brings the world of dichotomies that is South Africa, to the front and centre of the stage. Bravo.
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