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Spilt Milk

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A story of two passionate people who share a shameful past and a tenuous present, this remarkable narrative follows headmistress Mohumagadi—of the elite Sekolo sa Ditlhora school for talented black children—and Father Bill, a disgraced preacher, as they are brought together again decades after a childhood love affair expelled them from their communities. Much to the dismay...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Jacana Media (first published January 1st 2010)
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So I'm reading Victor LaSalles book "The Big Machine" while in South Africa on my ereader. all about Western indulgences and stupid nonsensical situations and trying to keep the battery charged and a friend gives me this paperback in the meantime. While I listen to commercial (read Afrikaneer) farmers complain about no electricity for their operations while (some of) our people read by candlelight, I can't help but even after only one chapter in, know that this is going to be a five star book fo...more
Sinovuyo Nkonki
The title drew me in because it seemed to carry a lot of meaning behind it. I was so excited to delve into this story and there was quite a lot to the title. However, I was disappointed with the ending and it just didn't blow me away as much as 'Coconut', her debut novel, did. It is still a good read though.
Julie Mestdagh
Ik wilde eens "iets anders" lezen, iets anders dan mijn gebruikelijke genre. En dus koos ik voor "Gedane zaken" van Kopano Matlwa (de vertaalde versie van Spilt milk). Ik had het beter niet gedaan. Matlwa mag dan een geroemd auteur zijn in Zuid-Afrika, het boek ging volledig aan mij voorbij. De eerste 10 pagina's toont Matlwa alleen maar dat ze de kunst van het eindeloos opsommen beheerst; de volgende 190 pagina's zijn een verhaal over… ja…. niets. Het raakt me niet. Het boeit me niet. En na het...more
Mar 09, 2014 Tiah added it
The story gives off an air of being a very simple narrative, when it is actually highly layered. The pages turn easily and I hunger looked forward to knowing more about the characters. But even at the end I was left wanting more. Maybe it is me. I simply wanted more. So much more. Not that all should be explained. Not all mysteries need to be fully solved. But there was depth that made me want to dive, and we did not. That the story could have still ended where it did, but the journey could have...more
Prudence Moselakgomo
I learnt that racism can be taught. We can teach children how to despise a race and in doing so, destroy them regardless of how much we love them. This book is an education. This book has brought me life.
No No No! I went to the bookstore looking for any of her books. The highly popular Coconuts was sold out so I resorted to this. The first two pages hold so much promise but from thereon, things seem to just fall apart.
A really interesting assessment of the issues confronting the up and coming black elite in South Africa. Well written though some characters need further development. Kopano Matlwa is definitely an author to watch.
I gave this book 3.5. Stars.

It was a page turner, but I was still floored about the ending it seemed so colossal for a storyline that was so minimal in plot.

I will give a full review soon.
This young author has written a brutally honest tale. Her writing style is skillful, clever and captivating. Definitely want to read her first novel Coconut!
Disappointing. I can't put my finger on what exactly was wrong, but the book sank. Sad because 'Coconut' was so enthralling.
South African author. Well worth reading. I would also like to read her other book "Coconut".
Natalie Rae Denton
Disturbing but beautiful. Thruth and revelation hurts. Definitely worth the read:)
Charlina Lunney
Very disappointed with this book.
Mhlengi Converse Jr.
mcwa and real
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