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The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
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Jul 27, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

A white South African woman and an illegal immigrant from an Arab nation working as a car mechanic meet by chance one day and start a relationship. I would hesitate to call this book a love story, as it's never really clear to me that the main characters love each other despite some half-hearted hints at the end of the book. What's obvious is that they're both using each other -- she needs him to prove to everyone that she is truly rejecting the wealthy suburban life of her parents, while he needs a connection to the middle/upper class as a way around his unwanted illegal immigrant status. This could have been a really interesting story, if it weren't for the disjointed (no complete sentences, no use of quotation marks to denote dialogue) way in which the prose is written. I kept having to re-read sentences to find out what was going on and who was supposed to have spoken, which really disrupted the narrative flow.
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