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Spilt Milk

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  17 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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Sinovuyo Nkonki
May 16, 2013 Sinovuyo Nkonki rated it liked it
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.
Apr 26, 2011 William rated it it was amazing
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
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
Julie Mestdagh
Mar 09, 2014 Julie Mestdagh rated it did not like it
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
Aug 01, 2015 Zahra rated it it was ok
I loved Kopano Matlwa's debut Coconut - though it could have been better in execution, it's content was superb, provocative, and exactly the kind of novel one wanted to be published in the new South Africa. I read Spilt Milk in one sitting, not because it was engrossing, but I couldn't bear to drag the novel out over several days. Exhausting in it's cliches, Matlwa's ability to produce a digestible second novel will remain spilt milk. But let's not spend our time crying over it - third time luck ...more
Makubutu Lekota
Jun 24, 2016 Makubutu Lekota rated it it was amazing
This book is a heart-breaking representation of some schooling conditions in Southern Africa, it is extremely distubing to read about such a topic as a teacher.

I really do not relate at all to the experiences in the book. The characters of the children are completely confusing and frightening, the depiction of the priest is extremely offensive and I think that it is important to look very carefully at the social environments which we read about.

I was deeply depressed after reading this book. P
Prudence Moselakgomo
Sep 15, 2014 Prudence Moselakgomo rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 16, 2011 Xiverengi rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 03, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it
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.
May 27, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 03, 2012 Zoe rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I can't put my finger on what exactly was wrong, but the book sank. Sad because 'Coconut' was so enthralling.
Christine Baese
Dec 05, 2014 Christine Baese rated it liked it
Not as good as Coconut, but read it for the perspectives of the children. It's an easy read with insight to South African culture of a certain class.
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Jun 29, 2013 Natalie Rae Denton rated it really liked it
Disturbing but beautiful. Thruth and revelation hurts. Definitely worth the read:)
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