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Published 1952 by Simon & Schuster
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Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educational
A rule one often hears about writing is to always start with something that will endear the reader to the main character. Something that sucks them in. In this short (and rather beautiful in its simplicity) tale, the first sentence was exactly that: "He was only twenty-six and very healthy and he was soon strong enough to be wheeled out into the garden."

Also, there's something delightfully true in the very fast, very strong relationship he forms with the locust, as humans all try to make connect
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Nyakallo Lephoto
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Soft Voice of the Serpent is a short story with two central themes: one of deception and the other of the importance of disabled people accepting their situation.

The story resembles a Biblical tale of Adam and Eve being deceived by the snake in the garden of Eden as we see a man and a woman being deceived by a locust in their own garden.

Note the man's feelings towards his disability before he sees the locust, how it changes when he is looking at the locust and the disappointment when the locust
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Daniel Polansky
A selection of early stories from this Nobel prize winning South African. Uneven, but there are some gems in here, particularly the titular short.
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Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist, and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was recognized as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".

Gordimer's writing dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as Burger
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