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The story of an African farm: a novel. bySchreiner, Olive, Publication date PublisherChicago: M.A. Donohue. Collectionprscr; unclibraries. SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE AT VERONA. Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm (London, ) is the first South African novel. Not only is it the first . readers and critics now generally agree, it is that The Story of an African. Farm ( ) is an odd duck in terms of genre and style—a kind of southern exotic or.
A surprise bestseller in South Africa as well as abroad. Cry, The Beloved Country has sold millions of copies around the world. Her stories are perhaps the best introduction to her work: they span the s to the s in this volume British edition , moving from the city to the countryside and from the highest ranks of society to the lowest.
With delicacy and power, they cast a bright light on the extraordinary lives led by South Africans of all races, and the nature of their interactions across colour lines and within them. The Heart of Redness By Zakes Mda Mda came to prominence as a dramatist in the s; now he has flourished as a novelist. This, his second novel, won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and has become a school setwork. Weaving together two strands of storytelling, the novel moves between the past and the present.
In the past is the narrative of Nongqawuse, the 19th century prophetess whose visions brought a message from the ancestors and took her people to the brink of extermination. In the present time, years later, a feud that dates back to the days of Nongqawuse still simmers in the village of Qolorha as it faces the demands of modernity. In the voice of the sly old bushveld storyteller Oom Schalk Laurens, Bosman tells tales of a rural Afrikaner South Africa that has long since vanished — yet the unique flavour and wry humour of the stories remain undiminished.
A man leaves his rural home in the north and comes to the big city to find a new life.
This is the land of drug deals, xenophobia, violence, sex and Aids, and this novel is an uncompromising look at the reality of the new South Africa as it affects the poorest of the urban population. It is also a story of love, survival and hope.
His characters deal with the generation gap and the formative experiences of childhood in these warmly perceptive stories. It draws on the tradition of the plaasroman farm novel , and transforms it at the same time, to tell the riveting transgenerational story of a family entangled with its ghosts — both living and dead.
An utterly compelling read. When a white South African investigates the death of a black friend in police custody, he uncovers the brutal truth about apartheid South Africa. Zinzi is attempting to repay the financial debt she owes her drug dealer. It is a dystopian, corporate-apartheid political thriller in which cellphones are used for social control. Narrated by four different characters, each chapter focuses on one of the narrators and her or his own experience living under an oppressive and pervasive government and media.
Through her characters, Beukes illustrates a society where technology rules with an iron fist and in doing so shows the limitations of freedom. It details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults — Waldo, Em and Lyndall — who live on a farm in the Karoo. The story is set in the middle- to late-nineteenth century. Although it quickly became a best-seller when it was first published, it caused some controversy over its frank portrayal of freethought, feminism, premarital sex and pregnancy out of wedlock, as well as transvestitism.
This volume from this winner of the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa is a single long poem, driven forward by incantatory rhythms, addressed to a people just emerging from the horrors of oppression and now awakening to a new dawn. His work over many years, collected in this volume from several books, brings together the historical imperatives of the struggle against apartheid with related personal concerns in free-flowing, imaginative verse.
Em says her goodbyes, and then seeks out Gregory. She finds him at his usual occupation: Lyndall hardly acknowledges him. Once Lyndall leaves, Em tells Gregory that she wants to end their engagement. Gregory half-heartedly attempts to change her mind, but quickly agrees.
He leaves Em, whistling to himself. It is Lyndall's turn to bid farewell to Waldo. She tells him that she will never forget him, and muses upon what they may have become when they are reunited.
Waldo leaves the farm; Lyndall watches him go until he is out of sight. The next vignette finds Gregory Rose wandering the farm. It is clear that he is trying to find Lyndall, but is taking great pains to appear nonchalant. Having located Lyndall, he attempts to strike up a conversation, akin to the discourses that Lyndall and Waldo would share.
Lyndall answers him, but it is clear that she is subtly mocking Gregory. After enduring no small amount of verbal abuse, Gregory confesses that he loves Lyndall, and would like nothing more than to serve only her, expecting nothing in return. Lyndall agrees to marry him, if he promises to remember his vow — he is to serve her completely, with no expectations of anything in return. From Gregory, Lyndall wants only his name — nothing else. The once-proud Gregory Rose has been shattered against the force of Lyndall's will.
The following chapter reveals some of Lyndall's motivations. A stranger has come to the farm — Lyndall suggests that he be put up in Otto's old cabin for the night. The man is, in fact, Lyndall's lover, who has come in answer to a letter that she sent to him stating that she intends to marry Gregory Rose. She refuses the offer of marriage from her lover because, she explains, she does not consider him to be a fool, as she does Gregory.
She fears losing herself if she were to marry the stronger man, whereas a marriage to Gregory Rose would leave her autonomy intact. It is here that the author hints that some other matter may be pressing—it is explicit in later parts of the story: Lyndall is pregnant.
Lyndall then offers her paramour an alternative — she will leave the farm in his company, that very night, on the condition that he releases her whenever she asks.
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They plan to go to the Transvaal. Lyndall returns to her room to gather her belongings. On the way there, she stops at Otto's grave to bid him farewell. It is here that she reveals that she is tired and lonely — aching for something to love. After much weeping, she returns to her room and prepares to leave the farm forever. Time passes: Gregory is performing chores about the farm. He is a broken man — meekly accepting whatever menial work Em assigns to him.
While cleaning out the loft, he comes across a chest of women's clothing. He surreptitiously tries on one of the dresses and a kapje hooded bonnet. He appears to reach some sort of decision. Gregory descends from the loft, finds Em and tells her that he can no longer live on the farm — everything reminds him of Lyndall.
He states that will search for her, whatever it may take. Gregory is under no illusions. He is fully aware that Lyndall would more than likely throw him aside should he find her. He wants only to see her again; to stand where she once stood. Gregory leaves the farm. Seven months later, Em is startled when Waldo returns without warning one windy night, some eighteen months after he had left.
While Em prepares a meal for Waldo, he begins to write a letter to Lyndall. He tells of his experiences and changes that he has undergone in his travels. Waldo continues to write throughout the night, until Em awakes and stops him.
Em explains that Waldo cannot write any longer: Lyndall is dead. At first, the search was without difficulty, from Bloemfontein and North to the Transvaal , from farm to farm he traced the path left by Lyndall and her lover.
Eventually, however, the trail runs cold — it has not occurred to Gregory that Lyndall and her stranger may have parted ways. Unwilling to give up, Gregory travels from hotel to hotel, always without success. Nearing the end of his options, he finds himself at yet another unnamed hotel. He overhears a conversation between the landlady and a Mozambiquian nurse. The Nurse must leave — her husband wants her back home. The landlady frets that "the lady" is still unwell. While watching the half-closed door of the patient, Gregory catches a glimpse of Doss — Waldo's dog which he bequeathed to Lyndall.
Asking the landlady for more information, Gregory is told that a young, delicate lady arrived at the hotel six months earlier. A few days after her arrival, she gave birth, but the infant died less than two hours later.
The Mother, herself extremely weak, sat near the grave in the cold rain for hours. When she retired to her bed, the hotel doctor declared that she would never again rise from it. Gregory hatches a plan. Fetching his belongings, he changes into a dress and a kapje.
He shaves himself. Later that day, he returns to the hotel, hoping that the landlady will not recognise him. She does not. Gregory tells her that he is a nurse looking for work.
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The landlady leads him into the room where he finds Lyndall and Doss. Lyndall agrees that Gregory will be her new nurse.
She is very weak. While Gregory watches over Lyndall, she grows weaker by the day.
The story of an African farm : a novel
Although she makes a few half-hearted attempts to eat, or read or leave her bedroom, she never quite manages to shake off the pain that plagues her. Eventually, Gregory and Lyndall agree to return to the farm. Gregory makes the arrangements, although he knows that Lyndall will not survive the journey. His fears are realised: She sees clearly for the first time.
She knows what is about to happen to her. There, under the stars with her eyes fixed on her reflection in a hand-mirror, Lyndall dies. The news devastates Waldo. Throughout the following night, he searches desperately for some philosophy, some tenet of some religion that will assure him that he and Lyndall will one day be reunited.
He can find none — none but the cold, unsatisfying realisation that both he and Lyndall will one day be absorbed into the great universal whole from which they sprang. With this he must be content. The final vignette takes place at some unspecified point after Gregory's return.
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Tant Sannie is visiting the farm with her new husband and baby. She relates that she almost caught hold of Bonaparte while attending Church, but the shyster slipped from her fingers. Gregory sits outside, absorbed in his own pain. In a leather bag hung around his neck, he carries the only letter that Lyndall ever wrote to him, just four words: She tells him that she and Gregory are to be married.
She leaves Waldo to his work. Waldo packs away his tools for the day, and goes outside to sit in the sunshine. He carries one of Lyndall's old dancing-slippers in his breast pocket. He appears to be content, once again aware of the wide plains that surround him, and the warmth of the sun on his hands. Em finds him there, hat drawn low, apparently asleep. She leaves a glass of milk for him, thinking that he will be glad to find it when he awakes.
But Waldo will not wake again. Waldo is the son of the German farm-keeper, Otto Farber see below.
He is presented initially as intensely earnest, curious and deeply spiritual. Lyndall is the orphaned niece of Tant Sannie see below.
Her late father was English, while Tant Sannie is Dutch. Lyndall is used to a life of hardship — made all the more difficult by her stubborn and rebellious personality. She is a precocious child, wise beyond her years, but still internally conflicted. Waldo is her best friend and confidante. She grows up to be a feminist after her studies.
She dies giving birth and in the care of Gregory. Em is Lyndall's cousin — the stepdaughter of Tant Sannie, her English father having also died early in her childhood. Tant Sannie, often called "the Boer-woman," is the owner of the farm having inherited the land from one of her late husbands. Tant is an Afrikaans honorific, literally meaning "aunt". Bonaparte Blenkins is introduced in the first section of the book. He is something of a caricature — an inveterate liar, sadistic, a con-man and a hypocrite.
He makes use of his affected piety to have Otto ejected from the farm, while he attempts to woo Tant Sannie into marriage and thereby gain control of the farm. He ultimately fails in his endeavour, his true nature exposed, and is driven from the farm by a furious Tant Sannie.
He is never heard from again, except for a brief encounter near the end of the book. Gregory Rose, an Englishman, is hired to take over the duties of farm-keeper after the death of Otto.
Several African servants work for the farmers, including a " Hottentot maid" and several " Kaffers ".With Tant Sannie engaged to yet another husband, a Boer-wedding is planned. The next section is marked by a specific age — seven years old.
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Em often becomes the scapegoat for Lyndall's rebellion. Gregory leaves the farm. The author also frequently interjects into the narrative to address the reader directly. Although ostensibly revolving around Waldo, the frequent use of plural pronouns may indicate that the author is including herself in Waldo's journey, making this section the most personal of the book.
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