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July's People by Nadine Gordimer
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Nov 28, 2008

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Well-written novela...probably much more shocking in its time as it explores concepts of power and role reversal in Apartheid era South Africa. An upper-middle class white family is forced to seek protection from their house "boy" in his village when violence breaks out. The social fabric of the family comes undone as the children quickly blend into the village culture, the wife/mother drifts, cut free from her prior roles, and the father is emasculated, yet still finds ways to be relevant. The ending is somewhat Awakeningish.

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