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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Italiaanse sywurmboere word ingevoer om 'n sybedryf te kom vestig in Gouna se boswêreld, maar moerbeibome verseg om in die potklei te groei. In die strawwe boswinter word die verwarde immigrante geteister deur reën, koorssiekte en onbegrip, en raak hulle al meer verbitter teen die goewerment wat hulle onder valse voorwendsels in die wildernis afgelaai het. Die man wat hull ...more
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The Mulberry Forest, or How the Government Ruined Everything Through Shortsightedness, Willful Ignorance and Obstructionism

I struggled with how to rate this book. Objectively, it’s more like a 3, but I did not enjoy it at all. So a 2 seems more honest, but keep in mind that you might like it better than I did.

(Note: this review is a tad spoilerish, although I’ve kept it vague.)

The Mulberry Forest is essentially a book about red tape; or, about how the colonial South African government’s bad poli
Silas Miggel had lived on the Kynsna Highland with his daughter Miriam for fifteen years in relative isolation. One day five sleds came through the clearing bringing a group of 33 Italian immigrants lured there to develop a silkworm industry in a mulberry forest (that doesn't exist). Silas ends up getting drawn into the process of caring for the Italians and their interpreter in exchange for dwelling rights on the property as the Crown is taking over more and more of the forest. As if caring fo ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, novels
Dalene Matthee is a South-African novelist who has written four novels about the people who live in the Knysna rain forest. This is the second that I have read, and apparently all four have some historical background. This novel is told by Silas Miggel, a widowed woodcutter who lives in the forest with his daughter Miriam. In 1881, a group of Italian silkworm farmers arrived in Knysna under the impression that there was a forest of mulberry trees growing there and that they could successfully r ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a very frustrating novel to read. My rating reflects my own opinion, of course, and it may have something to do with the fact that I've not read the first two in her series.

Reading Moerbeibos was my attempt at reconnecting with my second language of Afrikaans, but someone should have told me that this was a poor choice of book, as I was hopelessly bored.

The novel has its merits, of course, having been written by an author largely considered one of the best in the Afrikaans language. On
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Silas Miggel is inwoner en self-aangestelde bewaarder van die Platrand. Hier, is sy dogter, die beeldskone Mirjam, veilig weggesteek van al wat ‘n potensiele minnaar is – of so hoop hy. Juis daarom is hy meer as net bekommerd toe daar op ‘n dag ‘n span waens met ‘n stuk of twinting Italianers daar opdaag om ‘n sywurmboerdery in Knysna te vestig. Maand na maand baklei en swoeg Silas Miggel om ‘n stukkie grond terug te kry vir homself en Mirjam. Gaan hy hierdie stryd wen? En wat gaan hy moet prysg ...more
Dalene stel die Knysnabos se misterie bloot in die Bos-trilogie wat 'n verryking vir die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika word. 'n Stukkie hartroerende geskiedenis in verhaalvorm met 'n sterk storielyn en ewe sterk karakters.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing,reading her writing in Afrikaans is a truly beautiiful experience
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
quick enjoyable THIS is how the mangiagalli's and co. got to S.A!!!
Niel Knoblauch
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Baie lekker rustige lees-boek met 'n hele paar onderliggende lesse
Gerold Whittaker
Excellent as usual.
Hierdie is my gunsteling van al Matthee se "bos-boeke".
I am becoming such a fan. Biggest incentive to learn Afrikaans would be to read her work in the original.
Natasha Venter van niekerk
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Afrikaans literature at its best!
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Dalene Matthee (nee Scott) matriculated in 1957 and went on to study music at a conservatorium in Oudtshoorn as well as at the Holy Cross Covent in Graaff-Reinet.

Before gaining fame and wide acclaim for her first "forest novel", she also wrote stories for magazines as well as two popular novels - ’n Huis vir Nadia (A House for Nadia) (1982) and Petronella van Aarde, burgemeester (Petronella van Aa

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