Nataniel will probably never be known outside South Africa. Certainly his musical performances will not. This is a great pity, because while I am not a fan of his music, I am a huge fan of the stories he tells to the audience between songs. They are poignant, adult, and funny as hell. His shows are a rather bizarre mix: songs in very flamboyant cross-dressing costumes, interspersed with belly-achingly funny stories narrated in a wonderful deadpan manner in English and Afrikaans. He looks a bit like an overweight, cross-dressing Prince. Picture a cross between Prince and Eddie Izzard.
Anyway, this book is essentially a collection of stories like he has in his shows. I think he shows great talent as a writer and these stories (partly autobiographical) are a wonderful read. They are "slice of life" type stories about his childhood, presumably specially written for this book, and then some other stories taken from shows he has put on in the past.
This is a breeze to read. The stories are short, to the point, and hilarious, even at times sad. They do carry wisdom and deep insight, and some are almost reminiscent of parables and have fantasy-like elements. Highly recommended, though probably very difficult to find, even in South Africa, where their print runs would be quite small. It is a long shot that anyone else reads this review or reads the book but I thought I owed a local artist some support!...Continua