The Long Wave

Tom Dreyer

When Gilbert begins to see rays of light and schools of fish streaking through the air, he believes they are sending him a message and sets off to follow them, but a road trip that starts with a sense of purpose quickly transforms into a sometimes manic expedition to find himself, to find meaning in a chaotic world, and to reconcile with his troubl
Date Published :
May 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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ISBN : 9781415208953
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
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In the wake of his father’s death, Gilbert du Toit begins to see rays of light and schools of fish streaking through the air. He believes that these visions are sending him a message, and sets off to follow his peculiar guides across the vastness of the Great Karoo. But a journey that begins with a sense of purpose soon deteriorates into a manic and unpredictable expedition. When Gilbert’s path crosses that of the Howlers, a trio of ex-convicts touring the country armed with violin, trumpet and guitar, he is steered to dinosaur parks and backroad bars in the South African hinterland. Yet, as his travels continue, it becomes clear that his past cannot be outpaced so easily. A love affair in Kuils River offers respite, but in the end Gilbert must confront the question: what is the message of the signs he sees all around him? In glimmering prose infused with humour and pathos, Tom Dreyer’s The Long Wave is a tale of transformation, friendship and the mystery at the heart of ordinary life.

About The Author

Tom Dreyer is the author of the novels Erdvarkfontein, Stinkafrikaners and Equatoria, as well as short stories and poetry. Stinkafrikaners was awarded the Eugène Marais Prize in 2001. Tom holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He lives and works in Stellenbosch.


"I liked this book, full of symbols and deep and emotional themes. It made me think about the nature of coincidence."

- Pauline Vijverberg, Writers Write

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