• Nervous Conditions

  • Nervous Conditions, Book 1
  • By: Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Narrated by: Chipo Chung
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender, and cultural change, it dramatizes the "nervousness" of the "postcolonial" conditions that bedevil us still. In Tambu and the women of her family, we African women see ourselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment, and grace.

©1988 Tsitsi Dangarembga (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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Inspiring

This book made me laugh, cry and be inspired by the narrators perspective of her own life events. It captured me because I have felt so many of the same confusing and inquisitive thoughts. I really enjoyed this book.

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Good but too detailed

I thought this book was a good read about the differences in a man child versus a girl child in societies. However, there were times in the book where the rooms or other things described may have been described in way too much detail to be relevant to the story. Therefore it was dull and slow moving at times. I thought the narrator did a great job and overall good book.

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Incredible!!

A great story and superb narration. one of the best audiobook I ever have read.

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Beautiful. Awesome. Enlightening.

I absolutely loved the pronunciations and the voice of the actor. I enjoyed listening and reading alongside. This was extremely well done and the writing is superb. Loveeeeeeeeee this story.

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Amazing Performance

We are studying this book in a course called Global Women writers at UNLV and this has been the best novel I have studied in my entire six years studying creative writing. I’m not sure if the performance had a lot to do with it, but I can understand why that would be the case. It was an amazing performance. The diction of the characters incorporated by Dangarembga and the personality in each voice was superb. It gave me a true insight of what it meant to the author to be African. I am highly impressed by the novel and the performance. I recommend this title 100%.