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- Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (May 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 28, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00X0Y9DWY
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Where countries work together for the good of humankind as opposed to their own gains. One can only hope. Great book, Hans!
Tafel society faced many challenges. Water had to be filtered, caves would sometimes collapse, energy was scarce, and crops needed tending. Everyone had a job, including Willem the Ghost.
One of the few white descendants of the human race, Willem faced bullying by his Shadow peers. One day, while relaxing under the heat lamps that nourished Tafel crops, Bongani, a Shadow bully, found Willem. Unfortunately for Bongani, he lost his footing and plunged to his death.
The Shadow authorities said it was murder, so Willem was expelled from the safety of their cavern home and sent out onto the surface—a death sentence.
Thus begins Hans M. Hirschi’s science fiction fantasy, Willem of the Tafel. Unbeknownst to the Tafel, Willem survived the surface, which had cleansed itself of the nuclear winter. Alone and frightened, Willem soon made a startling discovery: The Tafel weren’t the only survivors of the Great War. In the rubble of old Cape Town he meets travelers from Madagascar who had recently arrived by a sailing vessel.
In his riveting novel, Hirschi tackles important issues—racism, global warming, homosexuality, and survival. Through surprising twists and turns readers will be routing for Willem and the people he encounters outside of the Tafel.
Along the way, Willem learns about responsibility—family, no matter what, comes first, even though our happiness may lie elsewhere. Willem of the Tafel is a must read for all of us if we are to understand the meaning of a nuclear war and its aftermath.
I didn't bat a lash when Bongani fell to an untimely death, because I loved Willlem and his character from the moment "we met", and it came as no surprise Willem was the scapegoat to murder. Sentenced to what equated to "death" by being exiled from the mountain to perish in a radioactive world with a trial that never would have been in Willem's favor, he is sent out to perish.
Beautifully, the nuclear fallout was no longer an issue and Willem thrived, exploring a new world where technology is verboten, and meeting people who knew love, relationships, and family. He also tasted new foods and finds love with Hery, someone who needs love just as desperately. As with everything Hans writes, there were tears, there was laughter, and definitely many incidences of "the feels."
I applaud Hirschi for going out of his normal zone to venture into science fiction, because he did so magnificently. Buy the book, and if you're a sap like me, read with a box of tissues for happy and sad moments.
Ultimately there is hope for humanity, and it was lovely to read something POST dystopian rather than the typical grim futuristic worlds of Dystopian anguish. 5 stars easily.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of the novel at an author event, and I'm disclosing this thanks to the FTC. I have the receipt if they need it, too.
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