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Nechama Brodie

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Julius Malema – at R1,50 a quote

Okay, this is probably going to come out all wrong but I’m going to post it anyway: at the checkout counter at Exclusive Books, I picked up and scanned a copy of The World According to Julius Malema, by Max du Preez and Mandy Rossouw (Kwela Books). Now I’m as interested in the next person in strange, interesting, funny and frightening quotes from interesting political figures. I have huge respect for Max, who I do know, and Rossouw, who I don’t really (but who has impressive credentials and reputation). And Malema is a wonderful target for any writer or journalist or creative – I love the “100% for Zuma / 20% for woodwork” T-shirt the Holmes Bros made.

But after I flicked past the (well-crafted) introduction, I was rather astonished to discover that the rest of the book – a total of some 90 pages, after the intro bits – contained exactly one Malema quote per page, a great deal of white space, and not much else. And at R133 a pop, my mental jaw did a little drop. Who are they kidding? This is a magazine article, not a book. And at that rate, it works out to nearly R1,50 per quote.

Did I miss something fundamental? If I did, can someone clue me in? Even the dude at the till seemed to agree with my very raised eyebrows and shocked expression.



Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    September 20th, 2009 @21:07 #

    One has to feel a certain reluctant admiration for that level of chutzpah. Although I do trust that you didn't actually buy it? Mind you, you could probably have read the whole thing just waiting at the till for your payment to be processed...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 20th, 2009 @22:30 #

    Now if they had asked Zapiro to illustrate each clanger...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ben Trovato</a>
    Ben Trovato
    September 21st, 2009 @11:05 #

    And I thought I was a busker...


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