Living, loving, learning and laughing in South Africa
A review by Brenda Daniels
Random Kak² by Trevor Romain is a funny, happy, heart-warming account of the author’s life in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s. Written and illustrated in comic-book style the book is visually appealing and easy to read.
Romain translates a host of typical South African sayings like poep scared, boney, and dwaal, and then uses them at length when retelling childhood incidents.
He reminisces on food favourites like Marmite and Jungle Oats, television programmes like Flinkdink and Pop Shop, and bioscope flicks such as Kramer vs Kramer and Grease.
His stories of failed romances and school escapades are amusing. And I particularly enjoyed the tale of how the biggest rugby star in his school, Shane Carty, came to Trevor’s rescue.
Mentions of the author’s “fearless”, rugby-watching, caring dad are especially touching. All in all Random Kak² is a delightful, amusing and enjoyable read. Go Trevor Romain – thank you for reminding me about my own Joburg 1970s, 1980s childhood!
Random Kak² is published by Penguin.