©1979 by Nadine Gordimer; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"Faultness novelistic art...only equaled in our time by such masters as Graham Greene and V.S. Naipual." (Francine du Plessix Gray)
Its a pleasure to read Nadine Gordimer's prose. The story concerns the daughter of revolutionaries in South Africa--growing up as a member of the underground with legendary parents who were repeatedly imprisoned. She is then left to assume her individual identity, juggling the many people captivated by their images of her, expectations that she will carry on her parents' legacy, and her own principles and need for individuality. The book captures the beauty and brutality of South Africa, a land with so many contradictions--racists and heroes, open wild spaces and strictly imposed barriers, and of course black and white. Nadia May captures South African accents wonderfully.
I really, really wanted to hear this audiobook, but the quality of the recording was so bad I had to give up. I hope that Audible finds a new version, as this is a book that deserves to be heard...
I have tremendous respect for Gordimer and would say that this book is excellently written. It is however, filled with long political conversations and lots of descriptive language. Not the best choice for an audio book.
The portrait of South Africa was fascinating to me. (I'm married to a South African.) The novel gives a lot of historical insight.
The recording seems old and the audio quality is not great. Sometimes the recording repeats a few sentences, as if clips were badly spliced. Disappointing
Eh ... I can't say I really enjoyed listening to it, but I am glad to have the novel in my memory. Kind of like a school assignment that you look back on fondly.
I wish I could recommend this book because I do have tremendous respect for Nadine Gordimer. She crafts incredible sentences and the novel is full of heart. But it isn't a great audiobook.
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