Sewe Dae by die Silbersteins
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Sewe Dae by die Silbersteins (Die Silberstein-trilogie #1)

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'n verslag van Henry van Eeden se weeklange besoek aan die Silbersteins se groot landgoed om Salome, sy toekomstige bruid, te ontmoet. Elke dag lewer bisarre ervarings op en dit word vir Henry 'n inisiasieproses - hy moet sy onskuld verloor en kennismaak met die verweefdheid van die goeie en die bose
156 pages
Published by Human & Rousseau (Pty) Ltd (first published January 1st 1964)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”We are not alone,” said Jock Silberstein. “Every day we understand more and more our collective share in the fate of humanity. Solitude is the longing, the pain inherent in contemplating the false image of the individual that is vanishing piecemeal with our new understanding.”

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On a lush estate called Welgevonden in South Africa we are treated to seven days of preparation for the marriage/merging of two rich families: the Silbersteins and the Van Eedens. Salome and Henry have never met and Henry...more
A reread for me. I read it in the Seventies, although it was first published in the Sixties.

I am not sure how to describe this book. An age-old tradition is set in motion by two affluent families, the Van Eedens and Silbersteins, in South Africa, to merge their wealth in the form of a marriage of their two chosen descendents. The innocence of the conservative, although well-bred groom-to-be, Henry, is a problem for the Silbersteins who value their promiscuity, liberal lifestyle and everything el...more
Jul 01, 2014 Madalina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Madalina by: Jeffrey Keeten
Shelves: family, social, realism
"Seven days at the Silbersteins" is a little novel who won one of the most prestigious prizes of Afrikaans literature. Just saying.

There are many perspectives to this book. The prose is dense with interwoven themes, symbols and philosophy, yet the tone is often light with gentle irony. As for the pacing it is right as is should be "quick on story and long on thought", to quote. Taiwaneastcoaster

This is mainly the story of Henry van Eeden, who comes to the estate of Weldevonden to marry its heire...more
A classic introspective of Afrikanerdom from the inside. I had to respond to the measly one from Ilze. You do not need to know Jung, you do not need to analyze any symbols. These characters are not remote, they walk the streets today. They live in Tuscan kitsch villas all over the country and they vacation in the French countryside. Your investment broker is probably one of them. Rare treats like this book form part of a stunning literature that in some small measure makes up for some of the dow...more
Read this classic Afrikaaner novel in English (of course!). The title translates as Seven Days at the Silbersteins. It is a maddening and surreal story which at times made me want to hurl it across the room - the characters and situations are so infuriating. Probably one I should read again AFTER I get a degree in philosophy or study Jungian archetypes.
May 11, 2008 Ilze rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who have some understanding of Jung.
Recommended to Ilze by: Heidi de Villiers
This is another one of those we HAD to do because we were studying - yup. 'Twas but a 'varsity read. At the time I had no knowledge of Jung, so a lot of the symbols passed me by - I even bought the "how to" read LeRoux and it didn't help! What frustrated me most is that the characters in the book are so remote. You can't seem to experience them and the questions asked seemed so unimportant, the entire context (huge mansion, etc.) just could not possibly be real.

Several years after the event, I'm...more
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Etienne Leroux was an influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement. His full name is Stephanus Petrus Daniël le Roux, son of S.P. Le Roux, a South African Minister of Agriculture.

His works gained critical acclaim and were translated into many languages.
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