Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 4, Turning The Tide; Chapter 1, Xolelwa Azania
Azania’s tale is somewhat strange but well worth reading.
I remember news stories of Africa’s apartheid. Growing up in a multi-racial community, going to school with children of many different backgrounds, I could never really understand what the big deal was.
I knew people who were racist. Still do. And I can honestly say that I truly do not not understand it at all.
Azania explains an apartheid South Africa in ways that have never even occurred to me. Of course, that doesn’t mean I understand it any better, in reality I’m even more confused.
He then goes on to “introduce” Mr. Paul Redeker. And his skills as a planner.
Saviour or perpetrator?
A little of both perhaps.
Maybe. I can understand why Paul felt the need to separate himself from his emotions.
How can you plan to save a nation from either itself or zombies when emotions keep getting in the way. It’s a logical decision but it does go against our innate humanity. By default, we are a passionate race.
We love and hate with equal fervour.
Redeker’s planning skills are truly inspired & horrific in equal measure.
It is typical that he has now been vilified. Without him surely South Africa would have succumbed and as a consequence, the rest of the continent’s population.
History, even in this fictional context, is unfair & imbalanced in opinion. People’s perceptions change and as such, the status of past heroes & villains change to reflect society’s current views.
The ending of this chapter had me in a spin (again).
Well done to Max Brooks, it’s has been so long since I last visited his WWZ that I didn’t see that one coming!
Now I know why Mr. Azania deemed himself the only person capable enough to see Redeker’s updated Plan Orange through to it’s conclusion.
A brilliant chapter and a wonderful piece of writing.