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The Cardinals: With Meditations and Short Stories

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It is the 1960s in South Africa. Blacks and whites are segregated, in life and love.
Paperback, 141 pages
Published December 18th 1995 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published December 31st 1993)
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Jerome Kuseh
Dec 10, 2015 Jerome Kuseh rated it it was amazing
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A moving story set in apartheid South Africa. Mouse, a young shy woman who never knew her real parents and does not know how to love and be loved is pursued by her colleague journalist, Johnny. Johnny has had several amorous affairs but falls in love with Mouse and proceeds to teach her to love him through brutal methods. With several references to South Africa's laws against interracial relationships, these two, though both black, are committing a bigger taboo though they'll never know.

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Nana Fredua-Agyeman
Gradually Bessie Head is becoming my most read author. It all started after the Writers Project of Ghana held its twitter discussion on her book A Question of Power. I had earlier read the book (and two others: A Woman Alone and Maru), even before it was chosen and had had it reviewed on this blog. However, the discussion got me thinking about that woman, her beautiful spirit, her audacious writings, and her sense of humour even in the midst of dire adversity. Thus, I picked three of her books, ...more
Mar 30, 2008 Sadia rated it really liked it
Bessie Head’s The Cardinals explores how love—when laced with inventions of race, nation, and family—constructs a fragmented self that cannot function in apartheid South Africa. As a colored woman, Mouse, a character that is named only by others, is marked by multiple displacements: she is unable to place herself spatially, nationally, racially or genealogically. However, when she finds love, one that mutates into sex and hints at incest, her dispossession within South Africa is complete. But it ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Thomas rated it it was amazing
A dark novella about a younger woman journalist and her affair with a powerful, masculine co-worker. There is such a fire emitting from the female protagonist that confuses all the hierarchies in the book. Would love to reread. 9
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Bessie Emery Head (6 July 1937 – 17 April 1986), though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer.

Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa. It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent
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