I have just landed from Zimbabwe! Pheeeeeew! I had waited so long to come back home. Zim wasn’t what I expected.
There are some novels that tell a great story with a happy ending but there are others that leave us in distress. ‘‘The hairdresser of harare’ has been on my bucket list for the past one year. So here goes my first book of 2017.
But why Dumi? The story had an enthusiastic beginning, I couldn’t get my hands off my phone. I held on tightly and grasped a chapter after the other with every free minute I got.
2016 made me a book warm for African settings. I was just about to give up on African books until Linda sent me the hairdresser on the first day of the year. This is a great story told from Harare in Zimbabwe. It roughly brings out the modern World which leaves me confused, not sure if we want our children to be exposed to this kind of reality. I’m that kind of person, I don’t really want to tell it as it is because it scares me that by being on the know you might want to try it.
So this is a tale about Miss. Vimbai, the real hairdresser of harare but then a better version of her joins the famous salon in town. Mr. Dumisani. Everything changes when Dumisani takes over Vimbai’s clients. No sooner had they become rivals did Dumi need shelter and Vimbai had more than enough room available in her huge mansion. Dumi then becomes the greatest hair dresser of harare. Vimbai acquires mixed feelings about her personal relationship with Dumi who played housemate and father to her 4 year old daughter and a rival relationship at the salon in competition.
Both realize a tale of their families which they have in common. They had difficult relations with their families but then Vimbai convinced Dumi to get back with his family which accepted her as a daughter in-law. The irony!! These two people are not dating. The entire family is super excited when their son shows up at his brother’s wedding with a girlfriend, a respectable woman and they go ahead and accept her daughter as well. It is not the easiest of decisions for an African family to make when their daughter in-law is coming in with a child. Strange that they loved both Mother and daughter unconditionally. If I knew what would happen after, I would have stopped reading the book right there. Confusing situations.
Dumisani did not ever make a move on Miss. Vim. One time she came home unexpectedly and found one of her client’s husband in the house with Dumi, at this point she couldn’t think of anything worse than just a friendly business chat. The situations were getting strange by every moment. Vimbai would offer herself to Dumi but he would shun her away with sheepish reasons.
Honestly we don’t have to get intimate to realise we cannot live without each other. We experience attachments all over, even in the workplace. How about sharing a home with someone? How heavy could it get? Only to realise that the man you have always wanted to be with is homo sexual. Will it really end well?
Get your copy and help me complete my review. I’m still hangovered!