The Fatuous State of Severity || Book Review

May 20, 2018

A few weeks back I received a few books from Pan Macmillan South Africa and today I am reviewing one of those books. Without any further ado, lets get to it, shall we.

Book Details

Title: The Fatuous State of Severity || Author: Phumlani Pikoli || Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA || Published: 2018 || Pages: 150


This book is a collection of short stories which was first self-published in 2016. It explores themes surrounding the experiences of a generation of young, urban South Africans coping with the tensions of social media, language insecurities and relationships of various kinds.

My Thoughts

I’ve divided my thoughts into two sections, pros and cons.


Firstly, the writing style was executed perfectly I really liked it a lot.

I am a sucker for beautiful illustrations in books,  thus I really loved the illustrations in this book, they are simple and perfect.


It took me a while to get into this book and I know its a collection of short stories but I felt it could’ve been a teeny tiny bit longer, but hey, it is what it is.

I felt that the stories did not have a perfect flow, compelling me to be invested in the book, thus I got confused how the stories linked up together.

Overall, this was not a book for me, I did not enjoy it at all. Some of the stories just confused me a bit, but maybe if we had a bit of info on the stories it would have been better. Some of the stories I enjoyed. But that was just me, maybe you guys can enjoy it so please do check it out.


Those were my thoughts I’d like to know yours if you’ve read this book maybe I’ll have a different perspective.

For more book related, lifestyle and natural hair related posts, please do consider subscribing to my blog and if you’re on Instagram you can find me here.

Until next time, lets keep reading

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

latest vlogs