Sizwe's Test A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic (DOWNLOAD)
Sizwe's Test A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic (DOWNLOAD)
D I am looking forward to reading Steinberg s work What a brilliant writer Johnny Steinberg traveled around a small 40 mile radius with a black South African in the Eastern Cape exploring the concept of male shame and trying to explain why black men aren t getting tested for HIV in South Africa His explaination is ltimately deep and brilliant but definitely hidden in the pages so you do have to read the entire book to get it But it s an easy read and a fun read If you re interested in South Africa especially South Africa in a post apartheid age this is a book you must read A stunning accomplishment so subtle I woke Saints and Misfits up early to read it Stayedp late It s the kind of book which makes me wish I didn t give 5 stars so readily as so many of them compared to this book are only 4s Love Steinberg s imaginative se of language sometimes old fashioned Wow This book so far is very good It is a non fiction story following a 29 year old South African trying to make the decision whether or not to get tested for HIV To an American it may seem absurd that one would not get tested although in some ways the social stigma is still there But in Africa making this sort of decision is woven with many other fibers ones most Americans will never experience Fibers of witchcraft revenge financial ruin myths and false truthsVery eye opening and I am only 50 pages into the book As stated previously I thoroughly enjoyed this book There were parts that dragged a littledescriptions of Doctors Without Borders and the history and background of this and other medical organizationsbut I believe they were necessary What really struck me came at the end of the book though page 293 in my edition A great book about race relations and apartheid education a broken health system social stigmas Steinberg goes to a rural South African village where electricity is a luxury and TVs and Cars are nearly non existent to try to determine what creates the stigma around HIVAIDS and why someone would refuse to take anti retroviral drugs that could potentially save them when they are so readily available The story follows Hermann Reuter a white doctor who is determined that everyone will take ARVs so long as the drugs are consistently available in close proximity to the people in need and Sizwe Magadla a local spaza store owner who is currently settled down to marry the mother of his yet born son but has had many sexual partners and is afraid to get tested for the disease The book follows mostly Steinberg and Sizwe as Steinberg attempts to nderstand the fear anxiety and shame Sizwe and other residents feel towards the disease the medicines and the cause of the illness Sizwe becomes Steinberg s interpreter as Steinberg interviews local clinic works and home health aides Thr. Nity caught p in a battle to survive the ravages of the greatest plague of our times the African AIDS epidemicHe befriends Sizwe a young local man who refuses to be tested for AIDS despite the existence of a well run testing and anti retroviral programme It is Sizwe's deep ambivalence rooted in his deep se.
That rare kind of non fiction that you can t put down I was really there in Ithanga with Jonny The emotional intelligence of the writing and the way it takes time to note and explore the interpersonal minutiae of both the narrator and other characters is really what makes this book And the reader certainly learns an immense amount An interesting take on the HIVAIDS epidemic in South Africa from the perspective of one man and through him his community told by a journalist Is a good reads as it humanizes many aspects of the epidemic but falls short of being great due to what feels like the author s confusion as to why he decided to tell this young man s story in the first place This review is actually for the non US version of this book Three Letter Plague I don t think there are any differences between the two versions though other than the title and probably the spelling of some words that differ from American EnglishThis one is a fascinating look on a micro level the politics and social implications of HIV testing in rural South Africa and the realities of rural health care I really liked getting to know the people of the story and how they live and how they see the world including how they marry the traditional with the modern This one is not an overall look at HIV and stigma and the epidemic in South Africa it only looks at one small corner of one corner of South Africa so you can t expect it to give you that but it does give you a very personal view of how one young adult approaches HIV and the ltimate estion of whether or not to test and the health system that exists that could support him This is a great addition to HIVAIDS literature that often doesn t give you a detailed psychological picture of one person and the world in which that person lives often you see macrolevel analysis or superficial case studies This is neither of those and goes very deep into the life of the subject Definitely recommended reading for people interested in the African and specifically South African HIV epidemic I picked p the book as I thought I do not know enough about HIVAids I am glad I did so as I have learned a great deal and among other thing s I learned what the CD4 count is all about Nothing this important aspect regarding the virus opened a whole new world I was one of those who defended the former president Mbeki s stance on HIVAids This I did as I thought he was looking out for a whole country I thought he was fully informed and better place to make an important call on the virus Well having read what Jonny penned through an eye of a young native based in the remote area in the Eastern Cape South Africa I thought the former leader could have done better There are many faces to this epidemic This book is very well written an. At the end of a steep gravel road in one of the remotest corners of South Africa's Eastern Cape lies the village of Ithanga Home to a few hundred villagers the majority of them nemployed it is inconceivably poor It is to here that award winning author Jonny Steinberg travels to explore the lives of a commu.
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Ough these meetings Sizwe begins to see the myths from the realities while not completely believing the westerner nor his traditional beliefs It is truly a great book for anyone who is interested in HIVAIDS in South Africa or Africa in general NOTE It is not a history of the HIVAIDS epidemic in Africa it doesn t discuss the causes of the spread nor the international struggle with funding drugs distribution etc People looking for a macro level discussion will be disappointed even though it wasn t the books intention I think it s called Sizwe s Test in the US 100% recommended As remarkable for the writing and thinking as for the subject or rather the subjects HIVAIDS culture and tradition South Africa race gender heath systems how to write creative non fiction I couldn t stop reading finished it on two consecutive flights I d give this a solid 4s overall as I found the writing in this book to be pretty approachable and intriguing This is a non fiction story about Jonny Steinberg s travels to South Africa and his time meeting a local resident and shadowing some health professionals such as Dr Herman Reuter who worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres Doctor s Without Borders The story takes place mostly during the early 2000s and Steinberg a young gay man himself was interested in learning about the shadow and hopes AIDs and HIV brought to the country It focuses mostly on South Africa s Eastern Cape and a village called Ithanga a very isolated area far from most of the MSF clinics set p to help treat AIDs and HIV so many of the people within the village either resent are afraid of or are bemused by the idea of white doctors coming over with drugs to treat illnesses that they have only seen killing people The book is largely told from Jonny s perspective but we do get a few interviews and moments with Sizwe a young black man who is a shop owner and who is pretty skeptical of HIV testing and treatment in general He s a fairly standard example of most locals and Steinberg finds his views on life death and everything in between to be fascinatingOne of the interesting things I enjoyed about this book were the moments of facts vs the moments of anecdote and story This certainly felt to me like it was telling you a story of a village and the slowly but noticeably shifting viewpoints but it also felt very readable when the factual moments popped in too Sometimes I feel like non fiction leans too heavily on fact but I think this does have a good balance of fact and anecdote to really tell you the viewpoints of the people living through what is essentially an AIDs epidemic Overall a very solid read and one I am happy I picked Warheart (Sword of Truth, up becuase of this prize I would definitely recommend it if you re interested in the topic of HIV and AIDs yourself Nse of the cultural divide that becomes the key tonderstanding the dynamics that thread their way through a terrified communityAs Steinberg grapples to get closer to finding answers that remain just out of reach he realizes that he must look within himself to nlock the paradoxes at the heart of his count.