Cry of the Rocks: Wonderful Title, equally wonderful story

By  Ruth Finnegan, author of Black Inked Pearl - a girl's quest on 13 August 2017 As much a deeply felt and informed documentary as fiction – but with a great un-put-downable story and characters all the same. Above all the writing is so beautiful, one of the few books, beyond the great ...

Pixie Emslie

Cry of the Rocks: Wonderful Title, equally wonderful story

on 13 August 2017
As much a deeply felt and informed documentary as fiction – but with a great un-put-downable story and characters all the same. Above all the writing is so beautiful, one of the few books, beyond the great classics, that I will want to read again and again. What insight and wisdom, obviously from long first-hand experience and observation of the lives of South African miners, black and white. 

But above all the writing is so beautiful and evocative :

“Digging into earth and rock that had never, ever since the beginning of time, been disturbed before. It was an eerie thought and every man there knew that it was like disturbing the spirits of the earth gods, moving things that shouldn’t be moved, taking out the heart of the earth, physically cutting and chopping, torturing and hurting it, turning it, wrenching it to give of itself. And every spadeful of earth resented being touched, debased and abused. The earth was like a shy virgin desperately trying to keep herself covered, unwilling to give herself up, naked and exposed to the lustful eyes of men. But then, once disturbed, once that virginity was exposed, all shyness disappeared. The earth held in its grasp huge forces and strengths just waiting to be released. From that moment forwards it demanded your complete attention and respect. At the slightest lapse of your concentration, it would burst out at you …”

Or again:

“These were the rocks that had lain there, safe and dormant for millions of years until today. And today, on this shift, it could be the day the earth said enough and just spewed forth tumbling rocks, sand and water, blocking their way, or rolling great rocks at them as if to say, get out, I am the beast you dare not disturb … “

But enough – read it for yourself.

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About pixie

My second book, His Precious Diamond, launched on 28 July. Follow the link for the youtube video. https://youtu.be/3kDwDVabU4I Available through Amazon, Kindle and book stores, it is perfect holiday reading with romance, fun and sex. My first novel, Cry of the Rocks, won the South African Writers' Circle award for the best self-published book of 2012. Movie director Gray Hofmeyr has a movie option on Cry of the Rocks, and there is a great review in the International Thriller Writers' e-mag, TheBigThrill, January 2014 edition.
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