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Muriel at Metropolitan

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Banned when it was first published in South Africa in 1979, Muriel at Metropolitan is set in a bustling furniture and electronics store catering for poor whites and blacks and describes the daily experiences of Muriel, the accounts typist. Her relationship with her colleagues and her feelings about the stream of customers who come into the shop are depicted and illustrate ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1979)
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Highlyeccentric
This was an odd book - it dealt almost exclusively with the protagonist's work life, and was more episodic than plot-driven. Her husband never even got a name. Muriel herself only started to pick up character development about halfway through: for the most part she is an observer and commentator on the world around her.

I did really like this book, though. Muriel's internal POV is a nice place to be: wry, insightful, starkly aware of the race politics around her, but generous to everyone. The pro
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Sabrina Robinson
Written from the perspective of a black working woman in South Africa during apartheid. Reminds me in some aspects of things I've read about the South (of America)... Institutionalized racism, stupid rules (can't use the same bathrooms), a certain degree of anger and fear, a certain degree of resignation. I don't know much about South Africa, so I don't know how historically accurate this is, but Muriel's story is frustrating. So many of the characters want change, but are unsure of or scared of ...more
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