A blistering, brutal novel of the South African frontier from a major new literary voice
Winner of four major South African prizes
At the end of the eighteenth century, a giant strides the Cape Colony frontier. Coenraad de Buys is a legend, a polygamist, a swindler and a big talker; a rebel who fights with Xhosa chieftains against the Boers and British; the fierce pa...more
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I started this book before the Booker International shortlist was announced, and I can understand why it missed out, but I found it rather impressive, if bloodthirsty. The latter is hardly surprising for a book inspired by Blood Meridian. I am not going to write a long detailed review - Paul has done that already and Margitte wrote a very good one on the Afrikaans original.
Anker's protagonist is Coenrad de Buys, a real if larger than life adventu ...more
This book is a fictional rendition of the live of the the outlaw, scoundrel, frontier farmer, Coenraad De Buys. The character was taken from the footnotes of history and brought alive.
The institutionalized history, forbidding an alternative perception or interpretation, excluded characters such as Coenraad De Buys. One of the main reasons was that he was a scroundrel pioneer, who refused to be bordered in by either politics, religion or social rules. Almost seven feet tall, born in 1761, from Fr ...more
Behold me: I am the legend Coenraad de Buys. Come let me contaminate you, my reader of tainted stock. If you read this, you see what I see.
'Buys: ’n Grensroman' (≈ 'Buys: a Border Novel') by William Anker was originally published in 2014. The author explains the origin of the novel here: https://www.litnet.co.za/tien-vrae-wi...
The translation from Afrikaan ...more
You might have seen that Anker has been criticised for this novel, described in the English afterword as a ‘homage’ to Cormac McCarthy, while a few reviewers think it’s closer to plagiarism than a homage. Indeed, when I started reading but before I looked up th ...more
Its part novel, part historical accoun ...more
The novel is a first-person retelling of the life of the infamous colonial frontiersman and renegade, Coenraad de Buys (a f ...more
Hierdie was vir my 'n boek van twee helftes.
Die eerste 230 bladsye dek rofweg die eerste 40 jaar van Buys se lewe. Hierdie is dan ook verreweg die beste gedeelte van die boek, 'n lekker skop in die maag met heelwat uiteenlopende gebeure om die aandag en verbeelding vas te vang.
Hier so van bladsy 200 af al verander die pas egter en verval die boek al te dikwels in 'n groef van alledaagse sleur. Buys wat nogmaals huis oppak en elders vestig. Buys wat jag. Buys ...more
Leaving aside that the novel has been accused as plagiarism of Cormac McCarthy, the author admits that it owes a lot to ...more
Unfortunately I found it at least 1/3 too long! Halfway though I started getting restless.
Nevertheless, it shed light on the real people at the frontiers Of the Cape in the late 1700’s, which ignited the spark in me to read more about this period. I will follow up on your suggestions, Margit!
In 2004 he wrote the script for the physical theatre piece Skr ...more