Martin Knox – author, engineer
The story tells of the lovely Alkina’s journey from betrayal in marriage by an Australian, via passionate adventures with an iconic exciting African, returning perhaps to be cherished by the reliable man next door in Australia. She is the mainstay of her loving family but goes on a charitable mission and discovers beautiful Zanzibar. There she meets two men who compete for her. Kendwa, is a passionate conservationist and their explicit trysts are punctuated by encounters with local wild animals.
There is drama aplenty in this novel, with her marriage breakup, poacher killings and a medical crisis. Ali is resilient and kind, bringing out the best in the men she chooses. Munro recounts their intimacy deftly, with three-dimensional emotions and avoiding the pitfalls of clichéd narrative. She imbues the story with great love for Africa, its people, children and wildlife.
The portrayal of Ali’s feelings being aroused, enticed, sated and finally committed in relationship, is dreamlike, a metaphor for how to achieve life satisfaction. Perhaps true love is a place that we forge for ourselves by a sort of magic, between euphoria and disrespect, between tragedy and mundanity. Then we can happily dream because we have something to dream about, like Ali.
The Zanzibar Moon invites us to follow that rainbow. It is warm, kind and optimistic. I recommend it to anyone who likes dreams of love. – Martin Knox (author, engineer and deep thinker)