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In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God’s “Elect,” chosen to rule over the continent. Their saga—bloody, ferocious,...more
The main problem with it is that it begins as a fairly objective, fairly reasonable and very well-told history of South African history pre-World War II (which is when the racism that would become Apartheid was not formalized). It then turns about halfway through into a hagiography of the poor....more
While growing up, Apartheid and Nelson Mandela were very common subjects that were part of TV news everyday. Though, I had some idea of what was happening in South Africa, I had no idea about the details till I finished reading this book “A Rainbow in the Night” by Dominique Lapierre recently. I vaguely remember a college debate amongst friends talking about South Africa pulling out of Cricket World Cup if the referendum on Apartheid was not successful in favor of...more
In this book, Dominique Lapierre tells the story of South Africa, from Jan van Riebeeck's heading of the first Dutch occupation in 1652, to Nelson Mandela's assumption of power in 1994. Although I knew about apartheid growing up, it was very interesting to learn how a white minority used savage methods to segregate the black majority in their own country, inflamed by Hitler's teachings; and how the fight for freedom was kept alive by courageous men and martyrs, such as Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko...more
Not exactly in the class of V.S naipaul and other historical novels but serves as a steamed up guide ready reckoner romp to the Rainbow Nation
My only argument with this love fest with south africa is th...more
- 1651-1948 is covered in just 70 pages
- much of the latter two thirds are taken up with the stories of a white anti-apartheid social worker and the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant
- there is no real analytical consideration of *why...more
Lapierre ha l'abilità di rendere viva la storia: si centra su un personaggio, lo rende vivo, e ti fa vivere gli eventi con i suoi occhi. Un vero cronista della storia.
Certo, il problema è che su questi argomenti sono di parte, ma direi che è un libro be...more
I would be interested in hearing another perspective on the role of the Protestant church and Reformed theology in both the development & dismantling of apartheid... the author has a bit of an ax to grind when it comes to the Christian faith.
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Imagine the KKK, believing they were the 'chosen people' of the Bible, founding a country based on their own delusions. That's what South Africa was, and perhaps still is, like.