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Hierdie lewe

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Die Suid-Afrikaanse verlede word in hierdie boek as tema vir 'n roman gebruik, en die toneel is die Roggeveld, 'n streek wat tot dusver min aandag in die Suid-Afrikaanse letterkunde ontvang het.

In die verhaal van vier generasies van 'n enkele blanke boeregesin oor 'n tydperk van bykans 'n honderd jaar word die wese van die omwenteling weergegee wat in die loop van die 19e
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published 1993 by Human & Rousseau
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Apr 10, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 28, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator of this story is an old woman who is lying on her death bed and trying to remember the story of her life which involves growing up in a remote part of South Africa on a farm. Her life is sad, lonely and pathetic. As a child she is neglected and forgotten by just about everyone in her family, including her mother. She never marries and spends her entire life alone and living with family members who oftentimes forget that she even exists.

The narrative is very slow-moving but descripti
Audrey Schoeman
The prose in Karel Schoeman’s ‘This Life’ is beautiful, and translator Else Silke has done a great job with it. Lyrical and languorous, it wends its way through this slow-paced novel. The narrator, an old woman on her death bed, lies awake in the black of the night and searches for truth and meaning in her memories. In this way the book comes to be both a reflection on the fickleness of memory and a history of the Afrikaans people, chronicling a way of life that was rapidly changing even at the ...more
a most excellent choice for archipelago books to re-introduce to the world.
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one can very see this self-told autobiography of a spinster farm woman's life story; isolated socially, fated and sentenced to a life of thankless toil, invisible in all but stereotypical and cruel ways, passed off as if one were a good,useful shovel to other people, so that can use the tool, but have no more humanness than a shovel eit
Chad Felix
This Life is an excellent, slow-moving narrative about the quiet life of a silent woman and the end of an Afrikaner family. I took this one slowly, breaking midway through to read the new David Graeber, and while I don't typically do that (usually when I put a book down to pick up another it stays down), I returned determined to finish, if only because it's so short. And wow damn I'm really glad I did.

There is so much I love about this novel. Its rhythm is near tectonic. It's slow as hell and i
Jul 24, 2012 Ikebukuro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un livre dense et fort dans un style plein de poésie, qui ne peut laisser le lecteur indifférent. A travers les souvenirs de Cette vieille femme sur son lit de mort qui se repasse le film de sa vie, c'est la vie solitaire et rude des colons sud-africains que l'on va découvrir. L'Afrique du Sud et le territoire âpre du Roggeveld servent de décor à cette existence ou plutôt à cette "non-existence". Une vie passée sous silence au rythme des saisons et des transhumances qui ponctuent cette histoire ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Scot rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! The entire story takes place during the course of the final night of an old woman's life as she considers and remembers the life she led. And what a life!

Sussie lived in the remote Roggeveld region of South Africa, where she mostly lived in the shadows of the life that unfolded around her. She hardly participated, but spent most of her life observing what happened to those around her. It's a fascinating story about the life of a family, led by a strong (overbearing?) mothe
Feb 06, 2016 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karel Schoeman is an acclaimed South African writer, and this excellent translation from the Afrikaans of his novel from the wonderful Archipelago Books is a real delight. Sussie, a now elderly woman, is bedridden and close to death. As she lies there she looks back over her life to remember and try to make sense of all that happened. It’s a lyrical, almost incantatory, book, an elegy for a life not lived, a life full of isolation, betrayal, loss and violence that Sussie mentally absented hersel ...more
Jan 24, 2017 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing flows and is sort of somber. But I can sort of imagine my paternal grandmother speaking these words and the sound would not be as depressing as the story. As Jeff Morse passed along I'm an email, "Best book ever about the harsh emotional life if the Dutch mirrored by the landscape of SA"
Jul 09, 2015 Teresa rated it it was ok
" She's not telling her story, her life, to an audience; she has no idea how to talk to people and as such I found it interminable."
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Apr 28, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Aug 11, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
I liked this book. very spare story and writing style. It is a sad tale. The slow pace moved me, and never bored me. Gave me a vivid idea of life in South Africa from the point of view of the Boers.
Nov 17, 2015 Nance rated it really liked it
so sad
Jan 21, 2015 Tobias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 25, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this from the publisher. This was a lovely, quiet book that reflects on life and memory. It is a slow moving book, but one well worth the read.
World Literature Today
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the May 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.
Kimmy Beach
But in English. I don't read Afrikaans. Yet.
Aug 03, 2015 Lissa rated it did not like it
I kept expecting something to happen but nothing really ever did. It was a stream of consciousness and I never quite understood the purpose of the book.
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Aug 05, 2015 Kathleen Loucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting story
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Schoeman is one of a handful of Afrikaans authors who has achieved real greatness in his own lifetime. His prizes include the Hertzog prize for prose three times (1970, 1986, 1995), the CNA prize (1972), the Helgaard Steyn prize (1988), the W.A. Hofmeyr prize and the Old Mutual prize for literature/fiction (1984, 1991). His work investigates the existence of the Afrikaner in Africa, especially tho ...more
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