- By Jenny Hobbs

Kitchen Boy

  • Title: Kitchen Boy
  • Author: Jenny Hobbs
  • ISBN: 9781415200971
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kitchen Boy Luck matters Life is chancy Springbok legend war hero thriving businessman that was JJ Kitching known to all as Kitchen Boy His was a life a large as a sports stadium as thrilling as baling out of

    Luck matters Life is chancy Springbok legend, war hero, thriving businessman that was JJ Kitching, known to all as Kitchen Boy His was a life a large as a sports stadium, as thrilling as baling out of a burning war plane Now he lies dead in his coffin in a Durban cathedral and his life is relived as funeral goers remember a glowing Natal childhood, the thunder of theLuck matters Life is chancy Springbok legend, war hero, thriving businessman that was JJ Kitching, known to all as Kitchen Boy His was a life a large as a sports stadium, as thrilling as baling out of a burning war plane Now he lies dead in his coffin in a Durban cathedral and his life is relived as funeral goers remember a glowing Natal childhood, the thunder of the rugby field, the joys and sorrows of family But at the core of the man remained, to the end, the memory of WWII and how it could reduce even the bravest of men The funeral draws to a close, but in the heart of one of his pall bearers, Kitchen Boy s shameful secret lives on From the back cover

    1 thought on “Kitchen Boy

    1. J.J. Kitching (known as "Kitchen Boy") is a war hero, and a famous Springbok rugby player, so when he dies at the age of 81, his funeral is a significant occasion. The action of the story takes place in the lead-up to his death and the funeral itself, and the memories of him that are prompted in the minds of his family, friends, and others who knew him. In his final illness he shares some of his war-time memories with his grandson, Sam. Different people come to his funeral, and even his close fa [...]

    2. JJ Kitching, sports hero, war hero and family man – known as Kitchen Boy to his adoring public – lies dying and, through memories meandering through his last hours and the minds of those who attend his public funeral, this easy-to-read and captivating story reflects a vignette of the complexities of South African life, both past and present…in this thoroughly enjoyable read, Hobbs has perceptively and compassionately portrayed the intricacies of both human nature and of a country on the cu [...]

    3. Epic that I finished this book today - 18 May - local elections in SA. This writer definitely has the gift of the gab - beautiful word smithery, captures the South African culture so succinctly - could almost hear my grandparents and parents saying some of the sentences. Interesting way of weaving a tale - found the church bits very boring maybe that was the intent?Would love to read her other titles. The 'gummers' in my bookclub are going to enjoy this book.

    4. This was quite a mellow read. The first 50 pages were a bit difficult to get into, but after that it was quite interesting. I enjoyed the gentleness of the writing, although just a few days after reading it, I can't remember any of the characters' names.

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