Butterfly Burning (2020)

Butterfly Burning Yvonne Vera Butterfly Burning This new novel is set in township life in the s its joys and sorrows freedoms and restrictions ebullience and disenchantments It tells of a young woman mysteriously orphaned but with a hidden s
  • Title: Butterfly Burning
  • Author: Yvonne Vera
  • ISBN: 9781779090164
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
Butterfly Burning Yvonne Vera This new novel is set in township life in the 1940s, its joys and sorrows, freedoms and restrictions, ebullience and disenchantments It tells of a young woman mysteriously orphaned but with a hidden sense of her own freedom and independence Her struggle is manifested in her happiness with an older man on the one hand, and on the other, the attractiveness of other experieThis new novel is set in township life in the 1940s, its joys and sorrows, freedoms and restrictions, ebullience and disenchantments It tells of a young woman mysteriously orphaned but with a hidden sense of her own freedom and independence Her struggle is manifested in her happiness with an older man on the one hand, and on the other, the attractiveness of other experiences But the closely woven fabric of township life has a tight mesh, and reality is hard.
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  1. Paul

    I read The Stone Virgins last year and was so impressed that I decided that this one should not be too far behind I think Vera is an important and under read writer for a bit of background, follow this link literatureitishcouncilThis novel is set in Bulawayo Vera s home town, in the late 1940s It concerns a young woman called Phephelaphi who lives with an older man, Fumbatha, a construction worker They live in one room concrete and asbestos Phephelaphi, however, is not satisfied with just being [...]

  2. Aubrey

    Noon is too much like the middle of things, not a useful time for proposals, conclusions and disasters Noon is just that, sunlight pouring down to melt shadows, and therefore, too many witnesses to every fall.The hope for writing lies in the writers who treat with it as a limb and not with themselves as a god To flex composition as musculature entails the burn of acid when oxygen is rendered insufficient, the pain of tearing in the aim of new growth, the itch of healing bone and the chance of sp [...]

  3. Bjorn

    When I read Under the Tongue a bunch of years ago I couldn t quite get into it Whether it was the book or me, or both, I don t know but Vera s writing is very busy, the kind that in a lesser writer would reek of thesaurus overuse and at that moment I didn t quite think the payoff was worth the effort I had to make to piece it together This time, something clicked Which isn t to say that Butterfly Burning is straight forward Here s some builders at work We are here This is said urgently and with [...]

  4. Sincerae

    Butterfly Burning is by Yvonne Vera, a Zimbabwean novelist I gave this novel four stars at first but then reduced it to three because I like the novel s use of poetic language and love story, but I was not enthusiastic overall about the characters The setting of the story is the black township of Makokoba during the 1940s The two main characters are Fumbatha, a middle aged man who lost his father at an early age He seems to view life and all the oppression in it disinterestedly, just going throu [...]

  5. Han

    This novel is like one long poem, complete with lyricism, metaphors, and all those other lovely components of poetry At times, the resulting effect was brilliant and powerful But at other times, the intricate language felt too complicated and unnecessary, causing me to lose any connection with the characters Also, the first half of the book was almost unbearably slow, compared to the second half, during which all of the major action seemed to happen all at once Yvonne Vera s style wasn t my cup [...]

  6. Crystal

    The same reason I was drawn to this book is the same reason I couldn t finish it The language was too flowery and descriptions were too lengthy and repetitive Often the writer would spend pages just describing the scenery that we would be completely taken away from the story I think this would have fared better as poetry There was so much focus on creating imagery rather than creating a story that flowed I didn t get to the end because I felt like I was being interrupted Maybe I will try to fini [...]

  7. Viva

    The writing style of Butterfly Burning is beautiful This novel will be part of my favourites to read There are a few chapters where its difficult to read, but you have to keep on pushing The novel can ignite many feelings and thoughts around the subjects of ownership, trust, protection, etc After reading, I was left with wondering after your body spirit has been violated sexual assault, rape is it possible ever feel that your body is yours For women who have given birth, had miscarriages or choo [...]

  8. Charly

    This is the story of a woman who doesn t exactly fall in love with an older man, but does live with him It is about her dreams held and unfulfilled, a past kept from her, and her choices to deal with what is dealt There is very much a stream of consciousness approach here which does very little for the work Perhaps a decent snapshot of awakening Africa in the 1940s.This is for people with short to read lists.

  9. T.K Trian

    Vera was a master of the language, and the prose is absolutely amazing The story and characters are compelling too A window to a different world.

  10. Carmen like the opera

    Beautifully written Lyrical Spare and efficient writing as a poem I loved reading this book and listening to the words in my head.

  11. Whitlaw Mugwiji

    Good story line but just too much waffling, I read about 20% of the book before I had understood where the story was coming and going Beautiful and artistic writing style but poor story telling skills.

  12. kyle

    Good, though slightly disappointing I ve never read a book that combines such poetic eloquence with sentences that I find so irritating or metaphors that I think fall flat At times it reads to me that she is just trying too damn hard In some ways it is the opposite of Gilead in that I m constantly aware of Yvonne Vera crafting each sentence as I read them.Take the following passage, from early on page 35 when Vera first describes the death of Phephelaphi s mother Still, she thought someone would [...]

  13. Sandra Chavez

    The novel, Butterfly Burning by Yvonne Vera, is about a young woman living in Sidojiwe E2, Makokoba, Bulawoyo It starts off with describing how the plot is It talks about how they live in that little section of the small town It is an underdeveloped place where everyone knows each other The story is about a young woman named Phephelaphi About her struggles as they come It is talking about the situations and how she handles them She lives in a room with her boyfriend, Fumbatha The room is all the [...]

  14. Lindsey

    Yvonne Vera is one of the most amazing writers I have ever read I am writing my Masters thesis about her works.I cannot explain Vera s writing style except to declare that she has a gift with words unlike anyone else Her stories are dark and probing They unveil the effects of violence on women in a postcolonial setting She blows me away.In Butterfly Burning, Pheephelaphi, the main character, struggles with the memory of her mother s death when she meets Fumbatha and he saves her She has higher d [...]

  15. MaryKai Boulton

    Mixed emotions on this Because of the poetic type nature of the writing style, it took reading half way through it before connecting I usually read at night, when I m tired, and poetic stances are lost on me Once I connected, I really enjoyed the characters.Spoiler It was hard to read because it talks about the hard decisions made by a woman in a difficult time You are able to see why she made the choice, but then see the negative consequence from those choices Those include abortion, adultery, [...]

  16. Suketus

    Tarina kertoo nuoresta zimbabwelaisesta Phephelaphista Bulawayon slummissa 1940 luvulla El m ei kohtele hyvin, mutta nuorella naisella on toivon kipin , josta h n pit kiinni h n haluaa sairaanhoitajaksi Kohtalon k nteet eiv t kuitenkaan ole unelmille aina niin suotuisat, vaikka kuinka suuresti toivoo.Vaikea kirja Runollinen kieli samaan aikaan hurmaa ja rsytt Paljon on merkityksi tiiviiss tilassa Ei tosiaan mik n v lipala Ihmettelen, miten t m on nuorten kirjaksi luokiteltu, tosi haastaavaa luet [...]

  17. Emilie

    Under tiden som jag har l st den h r boken har jag funderat p den tradiga, hyperintellektuella, alltid out of date fr gan Kan det bli f r poetiskt Det h r r en bok som inte inneh ller en enda d lig mening R cker det f r att boken ska vara bra I ett f rs k att simma l ngs med karakt rerna, drunknar jag i spr ket I ett f rs k att ta till mig poesin, gl mmer jag bort historien Och nd Jag tror p det hon s ger.

  18. Virginia Jacobs

    The language usage was beautiful The voice was unique Most of the book is written in third person, and then there s one chapter in first person I borrowed this book from a friend who had read it for a lit class, and I d be interested what the analysis was on the one chapter in first person This book is not what I would consider in my normal reading comfort zone, but I enjoyed it.

  19. Mona

    I really don t know how to rate this book.I had heard great things about Yvonne Vera but for some reason, I couldn t connect to this book at all For me, her writing style hindered the novel significantly I do feel that this story holds great potential and there were some important issues that were touched upon but unfortunately, Vera s writing let me down.

  20. Aimee Webb

    I love this book It s about an African woman who struggles to gain autonomy and self worth in a man s world She does it, and although her choice is drastically destructive, I m elated at her strength and success.

  21. Mary

    This is a difficult book to get into Especially the first 100 pages The language is beautiful, rather intricate, very descriptive, heavy on hidden meaning and metaphors The poetic style does however eclipse the narrative Slow first half It s a moving life story, this is not an uplifting book.

  22. Sarah

    This book has stayed with me since I read it ten years ago Vera was a brilliant writer who does much too young I don t know how to review it without using all the money words usually used to describe books searing, gripping, heartbreaking, intenseIt s all of those things and .

  23. Chantal Melser

    Te po tisch om het een heel boek zo vol te houden Ik mis het kader van de gebeurtenissen Wel sfeer van het leven langs de weg, minimaal huis, weinig structuur Ik raad het niet snel een ander aan.

  24. Heather

    Not as good as Without a Name If you haven t read her books before, I suggest starting with Without a Name or Under the Tongue.

  25. Janelle

    This is a beautiful collection of words, and the story at the heart of it is devastating Yet the poetic style obscures the narrative.

  26. Melissa

    Probably the most accessible of her books, but it s still a difficult read because of the subject matter

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