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In 1989, South Africa is on the brink of dramatic change. Oblivious and unaffected, Renee Pretorius, daughter of strict Afrikaans parents, leaves her beloved Karoo farm in order to pursue her dream to study ballet at the University of Cape Town. Cape Town tells of Renee's journey of awakening in strife-torn South Africa's mother city in the year before Mandela's release. I ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Great Plains Publications (first published March 30th 2012)
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Marsha
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written novel about a teen from a conservative Afrikaans family in pre-Mandela South Africa.

Renee convinces her parents into letting her leave their isolated rural community in order to study ballet in the big city -- Cape Town.

When she arrives as a student at the University of Cape Town, Renee is initially confident in the Afrikaans' God-given right to govern, and that giving votes to Blacks would be a disaster. Her existence up to this point has been so isolated that she's never
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Jane Glen
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story itself is excellent. This takes place in South Africa of 1989, the era of apartheid. Renee leaves her farm life for the big city to study ballet and there is confronted with ideas about equality and injustice which she had never before entertained in her staid Dutch upbringing. This would raise many questions in readers' minds and would be an excellent venue for contrasting the racism of the Southern United States, which I believe was actually based on the apartheid system. It may als ...more
Brian
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south-africa
Although this book is classified as teen fiction, I found it to be a compelling story of the experiences of a young Afrikaans farm girl as she arrives at the liberal University of Cape Town and has her eyes opened to the realities and horrors of the 1980's apartheid era.
I found it to be a well researched, gripping story which I read in two sessions. In my opinion it really captured the essence of those traumatic days in South Africa.
Lisa Nikolits
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Renee Pretorius is an Afrikaans meisie from a farm in the Karoo. I was an English farm girl from the Transvaal. Renee was a ballerina, I rode horses. And, like Renee, I came late to the struggle, my awareness growing after I left home and went to university. Renee went to Cape Town, I went to Wits. Her family were conservatives, mine were liberal and yet I could relate to her naiveté; so many of us, at that age, at that time, were sheltered and unaware. The novel is beautifully penned, every det ...more
Naomi
Good book about apartheid but more suited for all older students in high school. Young girl learns to think for herself instead of listening to the way of the Afrikans - where the men decide what happens to the family.
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