Skinner's Drift: A Novel
In this beautiful, brave, and extraordinarily moving first novel, Lisa Fugard pain ...more
We spend many pages inside the minds of everyone who knows the secret. It’s something that has changed th ...more
Critics agree that Lisa Fugard knows how to paint a picture with prose. Her evocative language, put to good use as a travel writer for The New York Times, delivers a vibrant illustration of Skinner's Drift and Fugard's native South Africa. Beyond its descriptions, though, this ambitious first novel suffers from some uneven plotting and overly simplistic characterizations. Reviewers agree that the first two-thirds of the book contain "moments of true grace" (Christian Science Monitor). But the bo...more
I grabbed me right away and I was captivated throughout the entire novel. Set in Africa, this book is not for the squeamish, as it has several very graphic descriptions of taxidermy, poaching and bush life in general. The book is sort of a mystery and it unfolded in a way that I didn't expect. It also has reall ...more
At the finish, I couldn’t decide betw ...more
The growing tension and nervousness of the farmers and the native people as walls go up and guns are stored all are metaphors for the walls people put around themselves to contain their secre ...more
A beautifully written novel...A must read!
Reviewed by: Jody
I stayed with it and was intrigued by how the story switched from present to past to weave its mystery. However, without giving anything away, I would say I was disappointed in the ending. While you got some answers it felt very unresolved and unfinished to me.
I am an African, born and raised, white skinned.
Miss Fugard has described the uncertainties of race relations in the new Africa very well, without preaching.