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Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Elsa Joubert se strak joernalistieke beskrywing van die lewe van die swartvrou Poppie Nongena is 'n aangrypend menslike portret en tegelyk ook 'n belangrike stuk hedendaagse geskiedskrywing. Van die boek is gese dat die Afrikaner hierna nooit weer sal kan se: Maar ons het nie geweet nie!
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 8th 1996 by Tafelberg
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Alta Cloete
Jan 07, 2015 Alta Cloete rated it it was amazing
Hierdie boek is nog net so relevant soos in 1978. My hart breek steeds vir Poppie en al die vroue en ma's wat soos sy moes ly.
Sep 12, 2016 Lesley rated it really liked it
Good story. Alan Paton rated it as "An epic...will always maintain it's unique position in the literature of South ends this sad tale...One is left with two overriding impressions...One is the courage of the woman in her never-ending struggle to live under the Laws in SA. The other is the art of the woman who tells the story"


I couldn't have said it better. If you haven't read it, well worth the read, especially the Afrikaans version.
May 09, 2008 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People curious about apartheid South Africa
Recommended to Ilze by: Dietloff van der Berg
I might've experienced some of the apartheid years while growing up, but experiencing it as a child is very different to an adult's experience of it. As far as I can remember it was "normal" to be in a white school while "the others" were in a black school. The same applies to our maid. It was "normal" that she lived in a township when we didn't. When I read Poppie, I suddenly saw the other side. Here is the story of the maid who couldn't move in the "white townships" without a pass (this ...more
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Shelves: fiction
Let's be clear. I read a translation of this into English, titled Poppie Nongena. The writing style was challenging, which could have been unaided by the translator, but the picture of South African life from rural to urban settings was breathtaking.
Aug 06, 2012 Ona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The details of Poppie's story are certainly worth the read. In that respect I'd give it a 4 or 5. The writing style, however, is not good. I'm not sure why it's categorized as fiction. Should be biography or history.
Mar 31, 2014 Lana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book touched a nerve as I was in my early teens, still living in South Africa during he Apartheid era, when I read it. My "battery hen" eyes were opened...
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Elsa (Elsa) Antoinette Murray Joubert is the author of several (travel) books that concern themselves with life in Africa, the relationships between people and the conflicts between cultures.

Joubert grew up in Paarl and matriculated from the all-girls school La Rochelle in Paarl in 1939. She then studied at the University of Stellenbosch from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1
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