In response to the challenge to write the blurb of the book I always wanted to write…
Kalahari – the very word conjures up images of a deserted, arid area; with whitened bones suggesting life in a bygone era.
The tiny community living in Rolbos have settled here in (sometimes) silent protest against the norms of civilisation. They cling to old-fashioned values, their own dark secrets and a variety of alcoholic beverages. Set mostly in the bar of the hunchback, Boggel, the inhabitants of this far-flung village have little else to do, except discussing the oddities of life – and drinking, of course. Frowned on by their pastor, Oudoom, and egged on by the vast wisdom of Gertruida (who knows everything), the results of their visits to the bar are never predictable.
Here we find them organising a Sheep-throwing competition; a new species of earwig is discovered; and some Chinese plan to barbeque the town’s only dog, Vrede. A pole dancer gets to spend the weekend with the pastor to the delight of his congregants, while a sumo wrestler discovers the ultimate cure for constipation.
Of course, even in a place like Rolbos, sex and romance influence the men and women of the town. Boggel falls in love with the beautiful Italian, Lucinda; but will it last? Her connections to the Mafia and her fear for her father’s safety cause her to make a painful decision; one that may just open the door to Mary Mitchell, the girl Boggel met in the orphanage. Oh, incidently – Boggel shot her father, but that is a story he doesn’t talk about.
The people of Rolbos invite you to Boggel’s Place. It’s right opposite the church in Rolbos; you can’t miss it.
It’ll be on a shelf in your favourite bookstore soon…