Of House of Stone Book Review

House of Stone

House of stone

House of Stone is a book by Novuyo Tshuma first published 2018 in Great Britain by Atlantic Books.

House Of Stone might be a work of fiction but it’s premise is based on real events from the history of Zimbabwe; the struggle for independence and the mostly untold, unwritten, unspoken and barely confessed about Gukurahundi Massacre……

The main character Zamani, is a young man, an orphan with a desperate need for a family of his own, a father and mother to call him son, and to chronicle the history of his surrogate parents in an attempt to recreate himself with a new past.

As he finds out the past from his surrogate family you get a glimpse of what might have been experienced during the Zimbabwean struggle for independence, the falling out of comrades in arms in the post independence era which led to the Gukurahundi massacre and the infamous farm invasions that dispossessed settler farmers………….

This is the first book I have read which touches on the Gukurahundi killings which were a state-sponsored near-genocide decimation of the Ndebele people. For the longest time this dark period of our history has been buried and never outright referred to as if by some collective amnesia it would be like it never happened and even now 35 years later it’s still a triggering topic. When you reading this book you will be able to relate to why the people who experienced these atrocities never got closure nor outright talk about it………

Novuyo manges to capture the essence of the past without turning the book into a dark and heavy read with the story unfolding from Zamani’s perspective as it his related to him and of course you are on a dizzy ride trying to figure Zamani out, since the rest of the characters are spelt out for you but Zamani, Zamani, Zamani, what can I say read the book……




  1. I think it is some what cultural at least in Africa to treat massacres like they never happen. No one wants to take responsibility for something so gruesome and yet the victims are alive with little hope of closure. Sounds like a good read.

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  2. Adding to my wish list. Thank you. It hurts so much to read just your review, but this is something that must be known by everyone. I hope it goes to the top. ♥.

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  3. A few years ago I read a book called “We regret to inform you tomorrow we will be killed with our children” about the Rwandan genocide. It was harrowing but I felt I owed it to everyone who died to read their stories. What I couldn’t and still can’t understand is why the rest of the world stood by..

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    1. The world I’ve decided can be very good at only seeing what it wants to see and reacting only to what it sees 😂 😂
      Maybe it’s part coping mechanism because sometimes I wonder how we would sleep at night with all the bad things we do each other….


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  4. This is such an engaging review. I think I will have to get hold of this book. I love to read books that are based in truth. I found you through The Britchy One, nice to meet you 🙂

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    1. A pleasure to make your acquaintance, thank you for passing by reaching out!!!!!!!
      here’s to the connections we make


  5. Wonderful, succinct review, thank you. It was a difficult book to read because she faces the brutality head on and tells her tale with such gifted storytelling. I can imagine the research she did, the personal accounts she was able to access in the US must have haunted her for a long time. Wonderful to see it longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize recently.

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    1. Its an intense read… I come from a generation born after the liberation and the atrocities, the so called Born Free generation but its hard to be free when you have dark history which for the most parts is like an elephant in the room ….. and recently we experienced a military crack down which dredged up this past trauma, history has a way of catching up
      thank you ♥♥♥


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