I have so struggled to put Maru (by Bessie Head, published 1971) into context that I even reread the short novel (130 pages) before I attempted to write my thoughts. My second read solidified my perception that Maru is a type of warped fairy tale, one especially with no happily ever after. Although the prince-like

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[amazon_link asins=’0140074481′ template=’RightAlignSingleImage’ store=’rebereid06-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4871b1d7-17f0-11e7-985e-b3006ae4b676′]Booker Prize-winning Life and Time of Michael K by Nobel-prizing winning J.M. Coetzee was a challenging but rewarding read for me. In the midst of a futuristic South African civil war, Michael K lives to survive, and that is all. He has no wants and needs other than to be

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