This week’s reading was Poison by Henriette Rose-Innes (2007). The story is about a nuclear explosion in Cape Town that results in many people becoming trapped on the roads while trying to evacuate.

I particularly enjoyed the irony of the story. Lynn (the main character) spoke about how she led an unhealthy lifestyle – constantly eating junk food as well as regularly drinking large quantities of alcohol. This is another kind of poison that features in the story, in addition to the more obvious poison – that coming from the explosion. It is only after the explosion has taken effect and started to impact her health that Lynn decides she will cut out the unhealthy food and begin a detox as soon as she has been rescued. I found this irony to be sad, and was left uncertain about Lynn’s fate.


Rose-Innes, H. (2007). Poison. South Africa: African Pens.


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