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An Act Of Terror

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
`A massive apartheid thriller centred on a plot to blow up none other than the State President outside the gates of Cape Town Castle. . . Brink at his robust and imaginative best' - Adam Low, Daily Telegraph.

A profound novel set in South Africa that combines compelling action with an intellectual confrontation of the author's poitically volatile home country. A brave maste
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Paperback, 848 pages
Published August 16th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Tony
Jul 22, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-african
'What I shall never forget,' he said, 'is Dostoevsky's home. The corner flat in which he lived the last two years of his life. The church spire visible from one of the windows: he refused to live where he couldn't see a church. To me it was a kind of pilgrimage. And yet, what is there to tell? The simple dark furniture, the walking sticks and umbrellas in a stand at the door, the funny little top-hat. The bare floors of dark wood. On his desk, the small tin from which he rolled his cigarettes, f ...more
KJ
Sep 09, 2012 KJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I lived in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, the great ambition amongst writers was to nail the ultimate South African Novel. It's an enormous challenge, but I feel that this effort, by one of the country's greatest suthors, probably comes closest.

It's a great shame that An Act of Terror hit the bookshops just at the point at which apartheid was being dismantled, since the motives that drive Thomas Landsman, the main protagonist, seem less sympathetic now than they would have to myself a
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Rob
Aug 16, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The timing of this worthy Great South African Novel probably led to its relative obscurity. A sweeping critique of the venal apartheid regime, the country is portrayed as the worst of police states, a sub-Nazi environment propped up by corrupt governments abroad (yes you – Margaret Thatcher) and deserving of direct action, no matter how violent and no matter the collateral damage.

But the book came out in 1991 and by then, Nelson Mandela had walked free from Robben Island and truth and reconcilia
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Margitte
Soos gewoonlik probeer Andre P Brink in hierdie boek om
die destydse sinnelose geweld in die land te belig
en met kritiek, sowel as deernis, 'n nuwe denkrigting
in die Afrikaner enklawe aan te moedig.

Springbokboeke se resensie daarvan sluit die volgende in:
‘Daar was mense wat hul lewe gegee het om apartheid te vernietig. Daar was mense wat enduit geglo het in vreedsame verset; daar was mense wat geglo het dat geweld al is wat oorbly om iets mensliks uit die moeras te red.”

Die kreef raak gewoond daa
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Dennis
Dec 21, 2011 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling version of South African history but it tried to play it both ways on the subject of terrorism, justifying and condemning it at the same time but neither very forcefully. The most interesting part for me was the evolution of the Afrikaaner mentality although I would have liked to know why it didn't develop the same way in other countries or why South Africa was different in the end (from Rhodesia, for example) but it's a book about South Africa in the end and gave me a feeling for t ...more
Megan
May 29, 2014 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this one three stars, largely because I think it is way longer than it needs to be. For a book to be more than 800 pages, it has to be simply brilliant, and though I think Brink's work is very thoughtful and intellectually provocative, this book doesn't need to be that long. However, it was an engrossing look at the life of one white Afrikaner who becomes a terrorist in the struggle, and wrestles with the moral decision to embrace violence to combat violence. It's also a good, hard lo ...more
M C
Dec 18, 2013 M C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not his best work. This was very long and while it reminded me of Chain of Voices, in that the reader gets the internal thoughts of all characters and views interactions from their own perspective, I found I was less sympathetic to the central characters, particulary Thomas, who seemed to bring a lot of trouble on himself and others.
Michelle
Oct 10, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the kind of book I enjoy both in terms of style and content. When handling political material in a novel there is always the danger of molding the story to fit the ideology but Brink has blended the two beautifully in 'An Act of Terror', where the characters are believable and their actions logical. A fantastic apartied thriller, well worth reading.
Ben
A fascinating exploration of "an act of terror," committed by idealistic young South Africans against the unjust system of apartheid.

It grapples with motivations behind terrorism, freedom-fighting, struggling for justice, and the humanity of those on both sides of the equation. It's hard to find, but if you get the chance...
Spook
Jun 04, 2010 Spook rated it really liked it
Critically acclaimed novel about apartheid times in South Africa. An interesting read, wonderfully written, but I found it too one sided. Certain people are Saints where others are Devils. The reality was somewhere inbetween which is why I only gave it four stars.
Merde
Oct 20, 2013 Merde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If ever there was a book that would make anyone think twice about employing violence to achieve their political ends, it would be this book. But they never do.
Eila Isotalus
Mar 15, 2016 Eila Isotalus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kuka on terroristi? Kenellä on oikeus tai valta nimetä toinen terroristiksi? Miten terroristeiksi tullaan? Ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä.
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André Philippus Brink was a South African novelist. He wrote in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town.

In the 1960s, he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers ("The Sixty-ers"). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid go
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