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The working title of my book is... THE VASE WITH THE MANY COLOURS. It consists of two books.
BOOK 1. EMMY.
BOOK 2. MARLA.
BOOK 1. EMMY
Emmy was born Emily Kleintjies into the Coloured community of South Africa. Her parents lived in District Six, a suburb of Cape Town. The Coloured community was discriminated against by the racial apartheid laws that became stricter with th
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Outskirts Press
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Lucinda Clarke
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles is the intriguing title chosen by Jacob Singer for his book on the equally intriguing story of a young Coloured girl in South Africa who crosses the racial barriers in place at that time and passes herself off as a white citizen. Even before she leaves school she is practicing her English, copying the fashions and since her skin is fair and her brown hair is straight, she fools everyone. After leaving school she persuades her pa
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Stacie
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5, really.
I liked the story, but sometimes the writing style bothered me a bit, especially that some things felt rushed and some things included weren’t necessary and didn’t help with character or story development.
Ian Mathie
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing book that starts in pre war South Africa with a young girl challenging the racial divide and bravely stepping across to live as a White, virtually abandoning her coloured family in the process. Emily becomes Emma and adopts English as her first language, dresses and styles herself to deny her origins. This is the beginning of her awakening to injustice and her reaction to the prevailing culture and political system of her country which denies her basic opportunities. Encoun ...more
ILoveBooks
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it



The lives of Emma and Marla will absorb a readers’ attention. Emma’s struggles and achievements touch your heart and inspire you to work harder - improving life for yourself and your family, but also for those around you who experience society’s injustices. Marla’s storybook romance adds to the enjoyment of the book.





This historical fiction account of life in 1920’s through 1960’s South Africa concludes with a short chapter - entitled “The Politics” - which gives additional information about eve
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R.G. Phelps
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The author carefully develops a history of South Africa - a "Tale of Two", first the mother and then her daughter. The development of Emma's life by the author deals with the frustrations of growing up white in a Coloured Community. From the beginning this young girl decided to cross over from Coloured to White, aware of the discrimination that was prevalent. Reading about how she went about this process kept the reader on the edge of their seat, wondering if she will be caught in the process an ...more
Trish Jackson
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story about Emily, a woman of color who lived in South Africa when apartheid (known as 'segregation' in the USA), was still in force.

She changes her name from Emily Kleintjies to Emma Kline, and makes a rash decision to pass herself off as white. She moves to another city where nobody knows her, and starts a new phase of her life. The story tells of the long-lasting repercussions from this decision, that affect not only her, but her daughter, Marla too.

The author brings the characters
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Koos
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I enjoyed reading this book very much. With the Oscar Pistorius case creating a great deal of interest in South Africa, as it is today, the book answered the WHY... why did he did it? What made him murder his girlfriend?
South Africa under apartheid was a country that very few people understood. I enjoyed reading the book. I enjoyed the story, the romance, the difficulty Emily Kleintjies overcame when she decided that as a Coloured girl, classified as a second class citizen by Apa
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Jacob Singer
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is divided into two parts. Book 1 is about Emily Kleintjies, born into a Cape Coloured family, in District 6, Cape Town and raised as a Coloured. She decides to jump the racial barrier of apartheid, and changes her name to Emma Kline. The second book is about her daughter, Marla O'Neil, raised as a White. The book shows the tragedy of South Africa during the Verwoerd apartheid era, and the sadness that comes with jumping the racial barrier. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
Alan Menachemson
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
very readable, and good feel book
for the non South African there is a concise and thorough summary - both political and geographcal
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Jacob Asher Singer was born in 1935 near Johannesburg, in South Africa. After attending the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, he studied pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic in London, England. He was a practicing pharmacist in Potchefstroom for the next twenty-five years. Although Jacob was not politically active, he met and knew many active players on both sides of the political fence. When he was ...more