The Lion Sleeps Tonight Reviews
"[The Lion Sleeps Tonight], quite simply, is outstandingly good." - Daily Maverick (South Africa)
"Malan is a great storyteller and sometime polemicist ... a consistently vivid, energetic writer. It's hard not to keep reading once you've started, and even when you're done you're likely to page back through the book in case there's something you missed. The energy is in the prose, in the clash of slang and biblical phraseology, in his very South African voice; it's also in his drive to tell a story, to turn his gimlet eye on something that troubles him and to subject it to the scratching of his lively melancholia." - Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
"Rian Malan is a master of landscape and a master of narrative, with a gift of living language that bubbles up from a full heart and an active mind." - V. S. Naipul
"Malan is, as I think most South Africans know, an absolutely remarkable writer- perhaps one of the best writers and commentators in the world." - Daily Dispatch (South Africa)
"Malan could always see the story when others had long since lost the plot. Sometimes he went completely off his head as he drew out the fugitive detail, digging in dirt for a diamond, shaking up the grievously overlooked. He tried to escape the word. He went fishing for five years, trying to hide from the relentlessly pursuing plot, but to no avail. When it comes to writing, Malan is dangerously good and there is no getting away." - Lin Sampson, Sunday Times (South Africa)
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