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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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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
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.
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.
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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