The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert

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...Bonert does not shirk from the fetid truth upon which the opportunities of immigrants such as the Helger's are built. The Lion Seeker deftly handles the questions of compliance and collusion that mark this period in history.
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A powerful family saga, The Lion Seeker is a thrilling ride through the life of Isaac Helger, from redheaded hooligan on the streets of Johannesburg to striving young man on the make. Growing up in the shadow of World War II, Isaac is caught between his mother’s urgent ambition to bring her sisters to safety out of the old world and his own desire for the freedoms of the new. But soon his mother’s carefully guarded secret takes them to the diamond mines, where mysteries are unveiled in the desert rocks and Isaac begins to learn the bittersweet reality of success bought at truly any cost.

 

About Kenneth Bonert

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KENNETH BONERT's work has appeared in McSweeney's 25, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. A former journalist, his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail and other publications. Born in South Africa, he is the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants.
 
Published October 15, 2013 by Mariner Books. 578 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ellah Allfrey on Nov 07 2013

...Bonert does not shirk from the fetid truth upon which the opportunities of immigrants such as the Helger's are built. The Lion Seeker deftly handles the questions of compliance and collusion that mark this period in history.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Feb 22 2013

South Africa remains a country still steeped in inequities. The Lion Seeker offers a forgiving insider’s perspective on that country yet also reflects the humiliation of those who try to ingrain themselves in the community.

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Reviewed by JIM BARTLEY on Mar 15 2013

The Lion Seeker is astonishingly mature, admirably incautious. It moves with the sleight-of-hand of the born artist, ramping up for naked tugs at the heart. It would make a terrific film.

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