Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Teaser Tuesday [1] The Pencil Test



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B @ Should Be Reading :]
 

 

Right now I'm reading The Pencil Test by James Guilford for review.



I thought I would share this quote because I had the completely wrong impression of what the title meant until I read this. This is from the very beginning of the book (a sort of caption for 'part one'):

 "...[O]fficials used a pencil test to classify some coloured people as black and others as white. Race classification was dependent on whether the pencil slid out of your hair (that made you white) or got stuck (which officially made you black)." --Nosimilo Ndlovu, "The 21st Century Pencil Test" Mail & Guardian, June 28, 2008

This quote makes The Pencil Test sound like a non-fiction book, but keep in mind this is just a quote used @ the beginning of the book to set the stage for the novel. It is a fiction novel.

FYI: You can download the first 5 chapters (it'll leave you wanting more!) of The Pencil Test here. Be sure to check back at my blog for my author interview with James and review!


 

3 comments:

Nina said...

I don't know what to think of this book. What's it about? Going to check that out right now. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

That caught my attention = great teaser

Happy Thanksgiving :)

MarceJ said...

How did I miss this, maybe you posted late, sounds good. Will have to have a sneak peek later.