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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  183 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When expatriate Afrikaner Kristien Müller hears of her grandmother's impending death, she ends her self-imposed exile in London and returns to the South Africa she thought she'd escaped. But irrevocable change is sweeping the land, and reality itself seems to be in flux as the country stages its first democratic elections. Kristien's Ouma Kristina herself is dying because...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 19th 1999 by Mariner Books (first published 1995)
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Lynnette Dobberpuhl
I admit, I had trouble with it at the beginning. Firstly it is an intensely feminine story written by a man, and at the start I was annoyed by how masculine the main character, Kristien Müller, seemed to be. By masculine I mean lacking in emotional intimacy and unconcerned about the feelings of others. Sue me. As the story goes on it becomes clear that these qualities are important facets of Kristien, who returns to South Africa after a self-imposed exile to attend to her dying grandmother, the...more
Non riesco a entrare in questo romanzo. La parte di Ouma Kristina è anche affascinante, ma tutta la storia personale della protagonista, i suoi amori, il difficile rapporto con la sorella, esposta in un modo a mio parere anche un po' piatto e prevedibile, non riesco a digerirla. Sono arrivata a metà e mi fermo qui.
Jul 08, 2007 Lois rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: brink fans
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I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet. He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work. Don't expect a balanced review from me. As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of white and black alike.
( contains spoiler) An admirable effort. However Brink is not always successful in capturing a woman's voice or experience. Only men are quite so contemptuous of older women's bodies, here alternately described as faded, saggy, bulbous, elephantine. While I liked that he tried to avoid creating stereotypical mothers as madonnas, he swings the other way by describing generation after generation of horrible mothers, albeit mothers whose own sufferings led them to their behaviour. Finally, while wo...more
Good. Naturally - as it is a Brink.

But somehow I did not like this as much as many other novels by him. Perhaps the anti-apartheid content in his stories spoke to me better. The theme was present here also but not that strongly as in his more powerful books.
I really need to read some other more recent book to verify this :-)

Anyway. A good novel worth reading.
Here Brink tries to be a female narrator with the bizarre idea of a woman who keeps her sanitary towels in a room after use ... ! It comes down to a woman looking back over her life (from herself to her grandmother and her mother and back again).
Powerful storytelling which tackles a lot of difficult themes without being heavy on the reader. Highly recommended!
Read this after a recent amazing trip to the South of Africa. It helped.
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André Philippus Brink is a South African novelist. He writes in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town.

In the 1960s, he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers ("The Sixty-ers"). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid go...more
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