Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the two of diamonds.
Story: Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm, by Brian Chikwava (from The Granta Book of the African Short Story)
Comments: A young man moves from Bulawayo to Harare, at his mother’s insistence. “She had said, ‘I’m not disowning you, my child, but it brings bad luck for a woman to keep on looking after a child who has grown a beard.’ ” So he moves. At first he comes under the influence of a jazz musician who sponges off him, but after a relatively short time the protagonist gets away from the Jazz Goblin and moves into a new flat on his own. The move happens on the day on which Zimbabwean Independence is celebrated, 18 April.
And that’s it. Am I missing something here? Okay, so there’s the “independence” theme. And – what? Is the young man somehow supposed to represent the country? At the end of this story I’m saying “So what?” and wondering if I need some kind of Interpreter’s Guide to this book. Helon Habila’s Introduction doesn’t help any with this particular story.