By Kelly Adams
POP-splat by Ian Martin is one of the most original South African books published in a long time. Martin gives the age-old story of Hamlet a shot of steroids, and skilfully explores the hidden side of the South African upper class through the experiences of Matt Dreyer and his violently grotesque family.
After Bruce Dreyer is murdered in Johannesburg, his son, Matt, is launched into the search for justice. Sex, murder and stomach-twisting boarding school initiations are all included in this satirical and funny, but at the same time frightening, look into a young man’s life.
Martin studied at Rhodes and the University comes into play amongst various other South African locations in this fast-paced and mind altering book. Martin’s characters are so vivid that you will quickly find yourself recognising a few of them in your own life.
This 183 page book is a definite must-read for all. POP-splat will have you hooked and searching for your next fix of a book this good. More information and excerpts from the book can be found at http://www.pop-splat.co.za