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Jungfrau and Other Short Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2007
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Archived | 2018 Short stories > Jungfrau by Mary Watson (1-15th June)

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message 1: by Wim, French Readings (new)

Wim | 846 comments Mod
I'm not sure whether other people are still following the 2018 short story list. I was a bit behind but I am catching up. You can find a pdf of this short story by South African author Mary Watson through this link.

As the end date is already behind us, I write some lines on what I thought about the story.

I finished it a couple of days ago and still don't really know what to make of it exactly. It is short and reads easily, but it is a dark story, dealing with the enormous inequalities of South Africa.

Watson shows us these contrasts (between "wild children" and the spoiled suburban ones) through the eyes of a young girl that misses her mother that is too devoted in her support of the poor children.

message 2: by Anetq, Tour Operator & Guide (last edited Jul 11, 2018 06:48AM) (new)

Anetq | 796 comments Mod
I just read this. I liked the writing and the child's point of view. But a bit depressing really...

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