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Philida by André Brink
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bookshelves: 2012, man-booker-2012, nook
Read from August 17 to 19, 2012

A review in which the reviewer wonders if the novel could have used a dash less penis talk or perhaps at least some descriptions of vaginas to even the playing field for members of the opposite sex

Philida. It’s hard to describe exactly what this novel is really all about. I mean, on the one hand it is most definitely about slavery and injustice, but on the other it’s also about peni and religion. Lots of peni. Semi erect peni. Shooting peni. Slimy peni. All ages of peni. All shapes. All sizes. All colors.

Two times, because the first time the rope break, and I remember how the man keep dancing at the end of the rope round his neck, and how his thing get all big and stiff and start to spit.


I lead the way with stiff legs, following my half-rampant member that tries half-heartedly to point the way.


It has really lost the ability to stand up properly. But it remembers. Oh my God, how it remembers. Old One-Eye forgets nothing. In its blue head memory lies embedded.


From the thick, dark tip of his thing a drool of slime still comes trickling.


And my personal favorite:

I’m going to press out your balls. I’m your mother. Do we two understand each other?


Eventually the penis talk does peter out (ha!) and what we’re left with is a piece of historical fiction that is based on a life of the brother of one of the author’s direct ancestors. In this respect Philida is a daring work for the author to tackle, delving backward in time to recreate some not so proud moments in his family’s heritage, but the story moves far too slowly and is told from too many perspectives for it to properly pack the emotional charge one would expect from this kind of tale.

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Reading Progress

08/18/2012 page 98
30.63% "Every chapter is about someone's penis. C'mon? Really?"
08/19/2012 page 171
53.44% "Such a weird book. Told from the perspective of slaves and the white men who love them and third person and lots of descriptions of kitchen items and various peni although thankfully the peni talk has petered out (ha!) Snyder now religion is taking center stage."
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Penny (Literary Hoarders) I honestly don't recall that much penis - hmmmm, what does that mean Aaron??


Aaron (Typographical Era)  ...i refuse to answer!...


Penny (Literary Hoarders) :-)


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