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The Emergency Bouzouki Player Andrew Brel

The Emergency Bouzouki Player

Andrew Brel

Published March 12th 2013
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Kindle Edition
298 pages
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The Emergency Bouzouki Player is the true story of a teenager railroaded into the South African army for two years of national service at the height of the Apartheid War. A saga that begins in the small Cretan village of Sfakia, continues throughMoreThe Emergency Bouzouki Player is the true story of a teenager railroaded into the South African army for two years of national service at the height of the Apartheid War. A saga that begins in the small Cretan village of Sfakia, continues through leafy Johannesburg, visits dusty Kimberley, Boer War graves in Wynberg, 3 Military Hospital Psychiatric ward in Bloemfontein, detention barracks in Voortrekkergoogte, 32 Battalion’s base in Rundu- Chetto, Omega and Bagani front line border camps on the Caprivi Strip, and ends on a rainy morning at Heathrow arrivals.The cruelty, the absurdity and the mindlessness of life in the South African army are candidly described in this first-hand account by an unwilling and resentful conscript who, to escape the infamous Diskobolos Infantry Training Camp and its murderous instructors, claimed he could play the bouzouki in a subterfuge that was to have unforeseen, sometimes comical and sometimes life-threatening consequences.Most of all, the Emergency Bouzouki Player depicts the way in which hope can carry a young person through the worst of times.