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Hot dogs under The Dakota - Literary Novel - Johannes Gouws, Literature

  1. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle". Attributed to Plato Ref:..Wikihow.
    The unspoken battle we all face is how to get through life with the least pain. Petie, in Hot dogs under The Dakota, tackles this challenge by trying to manage the people around him. When this fails, he turns to witchcraft and then to religion, but finds no respite from his problems. Finally, he realizes the answer to coping with life lies within himself.

    Hot dogs under The dakota is a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary South Africans in 1955 as the country launches itself into full blown Apartheid. Told through the eyes of a twelve year old boy determined to survive an abuse grandfather, this gritty story of cruelty, duplicity, love - and ultimately murder - is told with insight, compassion and humour.

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