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Book Title: Thirteen Hours|
The author of the book: Deon Meyer
Date of issue: May 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781444715118
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.94 MB
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Read full description of the books Thirteen Hours:Thirteen Hours Review – Redux
I attended a Deon Meyer book signing this weekend and it played a big part in my decision to expand this review. At the time of writing this, Thirteen Hours is the only Meyer book I’ve read, but that is definitely about to change.
I’m not changing my rating, but I think some perspective is in order. South Africa is a country with eleven official languages, which should give you some idea of the cultural diversity. Why is this important? Meyer takes great snapshots of the inner workings of SA culture in his writing. He’s truly what we would call “proudly South African” and I think he’s doing a commendable job of bringing Cape Town to overseas readers. He also happens to be quite a nice guy.
You’ve read Nesbo, Larsson and the like: now it’s time to read some Meyer!
Original Review – Verbatim
Afrikaans. My native tongue. It has been a very long time since I read any Afrikaans fiction. It has been an even longer time since I read any Afrikaans fiction that I enjoyed.
I read this in Afrikaans: 13 Uur
but it is translated into English as: Thirteen Hours
As an Afrikaans novel, this is certainly an accomplishment. Yes, there is swearing, but the people in this book talk exactly like the most people in Cape Town talk. I am a recent Capetonian and really enjoyed this novel. It does an excellent job of introducing some of the cultural diversity to be found here. And then there is the plot...
Deon Meyer weaves a web of intrigue, deception and thrills. The characters are flesh and blood. The scares are real. This is as good a murder mystery / police procedural as you're likely to get. If you enjoy this kind of thing, but haven't read Meyer yet, I suggest you give it a try. I'm not sure how some of this can be translated into English without losing a lot of the specific meaning or humour, but readers of the English translation seems to have nothing but praise for it.
So, check it out.
Read information about the authorDeon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the winelands of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold mining region of Northwest Province.
After military duty and studying at the Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since then, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative director, web manager, Internet strategist, and brand consultant.
Deon wrote his first book when he was 14 years old, and bribed and blackmailed his two brothers into reading it. They were not impressed (hey, everybody is a critic ...)
Heeding their wisdom, he did not write fiction again until he was in his early thirties, when he started publishing short stories in South African magazines.
"I still believe that is the best way to learn the craft of writing. Short stories teach you a lot about story structure - and you have limited space to develop character and plot," says Deon.
In 1994 he published his first Afrikaans novel, which has not been translated, "simply because it was not good enough to compete on the international market. However, it was a wonderful learning experience".
All later novels have been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian and Bulgarian.
Deon lives in Melkbosstrand on the South African West Coast with his wife, Anita, and they have four children to keep them busy: Lida, Liam, Johan and Konstanz.
Other than his family, his big passions are motorcycling, music (he is a Mozart fanatic, but loves rock 'n roll too), reading, cooking and rugby (he unconditionally supports the national Springbok team and the Free State Cheetahs provincial team).
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