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On the fringes of a civil war arise a kaleidoscope of stories of abuse, power, betrayal, sex, love, and absolution, all united by the failings of a dying government. Set in the backdrop during the last years of South Africa's apartheid, How the Water Falls is a psychological thriller that unfolds the truth and deception of the system’s victims, perpetrators, and unlikely ...more
Paperback, First, 345 pages
Published June 22nd 2014 by CreateSpace
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megHan
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

This is a sad and scary story set at a time in South African history before the apartheid ends, when the civil war was just getting started. It is basically the story of Joanne and Lena, two very different women (one white and one black), but at the same time very much alike - they both want a better South Africa and they both are willing to be open-mouthed about it. As
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Kathy
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author of this book has made a thorough analysis of the deep complexities of the issues facing South African society. She has expertly woven historical details into the narrative, showing the effects on the lives of her main characters. Some details are horrific - as they were at the time. (And I know because I was there.) The author has also done well to use some of the colloquial language as well as some of the various African languages and slang. This book does grip you and drag you in to ...more
Lilian Gafni
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Compelling Story

How Water Falls kept me in suspense by characters trying to redeem themselves. The book is an eye opener on the Apartheid years in South Africa, and perpetrated by white Afrikaners and Dutch ancestors. Both whites and blacks were held by fear: the former by fear of contamination; and the blacks by fear of annihilation. The Apartheid years, or physical separation of blacks and ‘coloured’ from the whites from 1960 to 1983, left deep scars on the black population's psyche in a
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Elizabeth Ehlen
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am an avid student of history, I’ll admit that I don’t know much beyond the basics of apartheid-era South Africa. Because of this I jumped at the chance to read How the Water Falls, since I find it is often so enlightening to see the story through a character’s eyes rather than a dry textbook. As I had hoped, Joanne and Lena proved to be fascinating teachers.

How the Water Falls primarily follows Joanne, a white South African of British descent, and Lena, a black South African
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Margaret Millmore
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although this is a work of fiction, the author has done an amazing job in her research and portrayal of one the most horrific episodes of South African (and human) history. The author takes us through the journey of two specific women, one white, one black and their struggles to end apartheid and the suffering and death it created, but also the deep and loving friendship that developed between them.

The only reason I gave this 4 stars was due to a variety of typographical and editing errors that
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Britt
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How the Water Falls by K.P. Kolleborn was such a touching novel. It depicts the lives of both white and black people during and slightly after the years of Apartheid. I must say this book did take me a few days to read, but I am glad I made it from cover to end.

The strong actions of Lena a young black woman with a mind to see people treated fairly and the actions of the young white journalist Joanne; their characters truly took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I laughed, cried, became
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Judie
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"May your reading journey be filled with wonder and enlightenment" K.P. Kollenborn

And it was as How the Water Falls is an honest, moving history of the brutalityendured during apartheid in South Africa. It explores the politics and ethics of this era and made me think. This is historical fiction at its best and a must read.

Due to some poor editing and a lot of typos, this book gets only 4 stars, but the writing deserves 5.

I am privileged to have received a copy of How the Water Falls compliments
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Ioan Draniciar
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel takes us back in the not so distant past and shows us the horrors of South African apartheid. A painful but true remainder of how cruel people can be when given the opportunity.

Most of us don't care enough to learn what's happening in most African countries where poverty and terror still reign.

I like this book because it makes me aware of what's happening in the real word and I would like to think that anybody can make a difference, no matter how small that might be if we care
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Even though I am from Kansas, I enjoy venturing into other worlds from around the globe which is why my writing focuses on diversity. With fluid accessibility to modern media and traveling opportunities, my Midwestern world can expand and explore beyond my own backyard. In addition to studying cultures, I take pleasure in studying history. Submitting to a moment in time allows us to remember, or ...more