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Tear jerker. Sep 09, Chidi added it. Jul 04, Matthew rated it really liked it. Author delivers a good analysis of the problem, but the topic cries out for more scholarly analysis. Great read overall. Nthabiseng Boshomane rated it it was ok Feb 17, Shawn L rated it really liked it Nov 18, Lydia rated it it was ok Sep 19, Ndadu rated it it was ok Jan 31, Joseph Shongwe rated it really liked it Aug 11, Marc Dettmann rated it really liked it Jun 04, Peder rated it liked it Sep 23, Sammy rated it liked it Mar 05, Will Plant rated it really liked it Apr 23, Penelope Bissett rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Kelsey rated it really liked it Jun 07, Shane rated it liked it Dec 30, Eli Kern marked it as to-read Sep 24, Camille added it Nov 03, Gontse Legong added it Aug 16, Jill added it Jan 24, Vanessa added it May 27, Satera Nelson added it Jul 28, Ash marked it as to-read Jan 03, Anna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Lebogang marked it as to-read Sep 20, His celebrity status - on top of his captivating personality, zest for life and generous spirit - made him a magnet to women.
He boasted that he frequently had three women queueing up outside his bedroom door to have sex with him with no mention of prophylactics. His friends claimed that he sometimes had five girls a night. What is harder to understand is why, after bravely declaring his HIV status on air in early , he did not try to save his life by taking anti-retrovirals.
In Khabzela's last months, as his health and mind deteriorated, he made some frantic attempts to live by consulting faith healers and do-gooder "miracle-peddlers" - many of whom, as McGregor discovered, were raking in profits from the disease. Khabzela's last moments are relived through chilling, clinical hospital notes that detail his bed sores, diarrhoea, coughing, insomnia, aggression and dementia.
Khabzela, which is in its second release, is a fluid, narrative read. In many ways, the book's strength - its honesty and integrity - is its weakness.
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The writer does not try to invent a voice for Khabzela, though at times she does try to read his mind. Although she builds up a thorough portrait of Khabzela the public figure, his private thoughts remain obscure. Instead of resorting to fabrication, McGregor's journalistic voice is a thread throughout the book. The reader is always aware that this is not an autobiography, but a pieced-together interpretation of an extraordinary person's life, with the unavoidable gaps that come with it.
A compelling read.
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