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To Every Birth Its Blood

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The many people of Alexandra Township are the characters in this book in which readers can discover the links in a chain of extended families, friendships, street gangs and political groups.
Paperback, 206 pages
Published December 12th 1983 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1981)
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Deborah
Color and word juxtaposition like none other.

That moment, as she went about the house opening the windows, taking off her shoes, unbuttoning her blouse, looking calm and more friendly, I wanted to weep. I did not know how I was going to tell her, 'Baby, most things about this earth want you to run, want to make you weary, want you to faint.'

So I sat back on the chair. I said, 'Honey, why don't you play Nina Simone?'

'Streets full of people all alone,' Nina was saying. [from,/i>Everyone's Gone
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Greta
I read this book twice. It is well-written and vivid and very disturbing. It takes place during apartheid in a township in South Africa and as a reader you feel the constant fear of the main character - and his stress and the overall (lack of) quality of life. His writing is such that you feel like you are actually there - and it isn't a pleasant experience.
Not a light read by any means.
Marya
Extremely good book ---- it was hard to put down. For me it really painted a picture of everyday life for black people living in Apartheid-era South Africa. Much better than Cry, the Beloved Country.
Tricia
Dec 20, 2007 Tricia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand what it was like to be in South Africa before Apartheid ended
that the effects of imperialism are lasting
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