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The Hairdresser of Harare de Tendai Huchu
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The Hairdresser of Harare (original: 2010; edição: 2013)

de Tendai Huchu

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Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. Losing customers to this good-looking, smooth-talking young man, Vimbai fears for her job, vital if she's to provide for her young child. But in a remarkable reversal the two becomes allies, Dumi renting a room from Vimbai, then inviting her to a family wedding, where to her surprise, he introduces her to his rich parents as his 'girlfriend'. Soon they are running their own Harare salon, attracting the wealthiest and most powerful clients in the city. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi's secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit.… (mais)
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Título:The Hairdresser of Harare
Autores:Tendai Huchu
Informação:Freight Books (2013)
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The Hairdresser of Harare de Tendai Huchu (2010)

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I saw this on a list of recommended books by non-American authors and am glad I did. Images I am still thinking about: carrying thick bricks of cash that would be worth less tomorrow, the resultant barter system, life expectancy in Zimbabwe being 37 (Just googled and am getting 59 men/ 62 women so maybe that's not the number to remember), how rare for citizens to be able to visit Victoria Falls.

I had thought it would be a rom com and it is *not*. Still recommended even though the characters are all struggling with something. The main conflict is visible coming down mainstreet except to our protagonist narrator who is convincingly naive. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
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  Vincenzop. | Apr 4, 2018 |
Did we read the same book? I'm genuinely shocked at the number of positive reviews for the book. I had been excited to read this story of two rival hairdressers set in Zimbabwe. I don't think I've read anything set in this country and was eager to expand my reading pool.
 
This...just wasn't very good. The writing is downright pedantic and tedious. Main character and hairdresser Vimbai is not a very appealing character or narrator. The book occasionally has some nice passages here and there, but it takes awhile for the story to really go anywhere and by then it becomes a slog to continue.
 
When we meet Dumisani, we see he's a great stylist, well-dressed, women flock to him, etc. Thus begins a rivalry that isn't quite all what it seems to be in the wider setting in Zimbabwe. I wanted to like it, I wanted to find the story compelling, but just couldn't. The story itself is mediocre, but a better writer could have pulled it off. I just didn't find author Tendai Huchu's style at all interesting.
 
I read for about 5 chapters but found it wasn't keeping my attention. I skimmed the rest, but found there was nothing that was still particularly interesting anyway. I'd skip this. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I admit, coming into The Hairdresser of Harare, I didn’t know much about Zimbabwe beyond its geographical location. Sure, I had some half-formed assumptions and expectations, but nothing upon which to confidently rely in exploring the world Tendai Huchu has so skilfully portrayed.

Like any book that tackles social and political prejudices, this is a dark, heavy, often challenging read, but the language and the vibrancy of the writing lifts us above the world we’re reading about. In a sense, you almost want to be dragged down by stilted, heavy, academic prose . . . to suffer alongside the characters . . . but then the book becomes more about your experience, and less about the story. I think Huchu has done an admirable job here of balancing entertainment with education, making us want to not only care about what we’re reading, but to enjoy the read itself.

Had this just been the story of a gay hairdresser, living and working in an oppressive society, it would have been an interesting read. For those of us raised on North American television and film, the concept of a gay hairdresser is hardly a novel one, but one most likely to be explored either for comic relief, or to reinforce a stereotype. Here the concept is both novel and significant. Dumisani is a well-rounded, exceedingly likeable – and, more importantly, admirable character. Hardly a stereotype, he’s an outcast, with his sexuality a secret to most (including, for a time, the reader), but immediately recognizable once it’s revealed.

What makes this something more than just an interesting read is the complex and delightful presence of Vimbai. Hardly perfect, she serves to develop Dumi’s character, and to provide some intimate insights into the controversy of his homosexuality. She’s a strong character on her own, likeable (in a slightly exasperating way), amusing, and cautiously friendly. She seemed a bit too oblivious to the fact that Dumi is gay, but given the culture in which we’re so expertly placed, and the discretion with which he leads his life, it’s an easily forgivable aspect of the story.

Overall, this is a lovely novel to read, with the casual use of local slang and phrasings serving to enhance, rather than confuse, the experience. We get a lot of colour through the writing itself, and the narrative voice is such that we can ‘hear’ the culture, without the intrusion of an interpreter to explain or offer any unnecessary asides.
If I have one complaint about the novel, it’s the ending. While I knew going in that this would not be a happily-ever-after story, the power of the ending still unsettled me. I think part of the reason is that it seems such an abrupt end, without any of the usual cut-away or wrap-up scenes so often used in Western literature to soften the blow. Having said that, such scenes would have been entirely out of place here – the ending should be unsettling and slightly unsatisfactory, in order to validate everything that has come before.

If you’re open to a different read, a literate story that explores difficult ideas and opinions, this is a book that’s well worth the read. It’s a refreshing addition to the bookshelf, and one that will leave you both entertained and enlightened. ( )
  bibrarybookslut | Jul 5, 2017 |
There was a lot here to like including an inside view of life in Zimbabwe. BUT there was a lot not to like. A major plot twist was telegraphed very early on and to an American/western(?) reader it didn't seem like a big deal although obviously it was a big deal in that context. I can't tell if some of my issues with the book are that it's African and I'm used to a different sensibility or if they are genuine weaknesses in the writing. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Tendai Huchu's tale of rivalry between two hairdressers in contemporary Zimbabwe is an entertaining comedy of manners and class, an education in the shocking ruination of Zimbabwe by the Mugabe regime, and a reminder of the visceral intensity of homophobia in some cultures.
 
Immediately after reading Tendai Huchu’s novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, the first thought to form in my mind was that the author is uncommonly brave.
Set in current day Harare, this contemporary novel tells the story of Vimbai, a hairdresser whose dominance as Khumalo Hair and Beauty Treatment Salon’s finest is challenged by the arrival of the enigmatic character, Dumi, the male hairdresser who is able to bring out the woman in even the most ungainly of female creatures....All in all, The Hairdresser of Harare is a great achievement and a refreshing addition to Zimbabwe’s growing body of post-2000 literature. And by the time you are done reading, you too might be left with this debatable question, “Just who is the hairdresser of Harare?”

 
Drum says: A stunning debut, funny, dramatic with a powerful punch in the end.
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The protagonist of Tenda Huchu's first novel is an ambitious, young, single mother, Vimbai, who battles with the difficulties of living in modern-day Harare while making a life for herself and her daughter....The book was mostly a pleasure to read, but it becomes annoying when Vimbai confronts, and challenges, her prejudice towards homosexuality. To interrupt a perfectly good story line with pages of didactic writing is a pity.

 

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Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. Losing customers to this good-looking, smooth-talking young man, Vimbai fears for her job, vital if she's to provide for her young child. But in a remarkable reversal the two becomes allies, Dumi renting a room from Vimbai, then inviting her to a family wedding, where to her surprise, he introduces her to his rich parents as his 'girlfriend'. Soon they are running their own Harare salon, attracting the wealthiest and most powerful clients in the city. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi's secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit.

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