Set in pre-WWI Congo Free State, the story follows two Belgian Colonial officers, Philippe and Augustine and the latter’s wife, Clementine.
Augustine brings his new wife into country; to bring a piece of normality into their lives, the two men strike up a friendly challenge to host each other to lavish dinner parties using exotic local foods and recipes. The story then follows the three characters, their interactions with each other, other Europeans, Africans, and the oppressive state sponsored rape of the country.
The violent environment creates a surreal world where each person attempts to forge a new life for themselves, but eventually descend into an ever darkening world of lost dreams, disillusionment and hatred. At the start, Philippe is brutally and savagely maimed in an attack. The aftermath causes him to deal with an ever increasing post-traumatic shock, whilst managing a company rubber plantation, using opium as a crutch.
All characters strive to build themselves an elusive, better life, but the oppressiveness of the country overtakes their lives. Philippe questions the ethics of what they are doing, whilst working his plantation with local assistants and an indigenous woman.
"Dis' Taste's strongest scenes are at the start of the novel...... They're bloody and gruesome, but realistic ......" - Book Review Directory
"Dark and suspenseful, the final chapter in the book perfectly executes a sinister conclusion to these doomed characters' stories. With an unexpected twist, this ending was one of the highlights of the novel and will leave reader's mouths hanging."
"Revelatory about hopelessness, depression, and post-traumatic stress, this story takes us into the shoes of people who don't know their purpose in life anymore, how they got to where they are, or where they're heading to."
"Philippe finds himself in a hole that he isn't sure how to get out of. His relationship with Augustine and Clementine becomes complicated the more Augustine's aggression and violent tendencies escalate and the more Philippe's drug abuse persists." - Book Review Directory