Kite Flying at World's End


When the disease began to spread around the world, and also in Johannesburg where Gregory Davis lived, everyone was ordered into their houses and told to stay there. On the last day of freedom, people scrambled into the supermarkets and bottle-stores and, after standing two metres apart at the tills, emerged heavily laden ...

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This is how the story begins. Gregory is a middle-aged artist and part-time Art History lecturer, and he rushes home after having heard in one of the queues a half-jocular doomsday prediction and a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Cocooned in his duplex that evening, he begins to plan a large triptych depicting the end of the world. Later, he helps some ‘coloured’ children from the flats next door to build kites. Later still, he finds himself falling in love with the children’s mother, straight-talking Maria April. These disparate events coalesce and then explode into a rousing assertion of the value of human existence.

David Robbins
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