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The Whale Caller Earthy, bizarrely charming, and a tiny bit creepy, Zakes Mda's lyrical new novel features an unlikely romantic hero: a bushy-bearded South African...The Whale CallerFiction, Romance Earthy, bizarrely charming, and a tiny bit creepy, Zakes Mda's lyrical new novel features an unlikely romantic hero: a bushy-bearded South African...2005-12-07Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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The Whale Caller

Genre: Fiction, Romance; Author: Zakes Mda; Status: In Season; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Earthy, bizarrely charming, and a tiny bit creepy, Zakes Mda’s lyrical new novel features an unlikely romantic hero: a bushy-bearded South African pensioner whose primary erotic attachment is to Sharisha, a whale. He calls to her with a horn, she responds with orgasmic breaching. Complications arise when the nearly toothless town drunk, Saluni, falls for the Whale Caller, and he, reluctantly, for her. The protagonists aren’t exactly camera-ready, but they act out a strange and thoroughly original love story, which doubles as a potent cautionary tale about the dangers of jealousy.

Originally posted December 7 2005 — 12:00 AM EST

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