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André Brink ↠ 5 review

Ush Martin Mynhardt a wealthy Afrikaner plans a weekend at his old family farm But his visit coincides with a time of crisis in his personal. Well written complex shocking at times engaging A very intimate look into South Africa during apartheid from an unsympathetic Afrikaner s point of view The narrative unfolds slowly but it s well worth the time and effort Highly recommend

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Rumours of Rain

Winter in South Africa a time of searing drought angry stirrings in Soweto and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched b. There comes a day when for the first time violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There comes a day when for the first time a leader is allowed to promote his own interests simply because he happens to be the leader There comes a day when for the first time the weak one is exploited not in ignorance but because he cannot offer resistance There comes a day when for the first time a verdict in a court case is given not on the basis of what is right but on the basis of what is expedient This long and angry dispatch from the heart of apartheid South Africa can be an oppressive read though for understandable reasons Less understandable perhaps were the frankly terrifying number of modern parallels that emerged from this putatively historical documentThe narrator at the core of the novel Martin Mynhardt is a hugely successful Afrikaner businessman and one of the very pillars of white supremacist society who thinks of himself as contributing to the good of his community and his country He doesn t hate black people rather he likes to believe that apartheid is probably good for them on balance Extending real political power would be a mistake they ve simply not developed far enough to handle such sophisticated forms of Western organisation A matter of evolution Through Mynhardt we re introduced to a complex web of interlinked friends colleagues lovers and family members who represent a cross section of 1970s South African society from the rural farmstead matron to the idealistic city student the determined black businessman to the angry white activist lawyers witchdoctors religious figures and expatriates all of them ultimately grappling with the same basic fact of lifeIf you have the stomach for it experiencing the world through the eyes of a proponent of apartheid should be an educational experience My problem was that despite his ingratiating and plausible self justifications Mynhardt is made into something a bit too much like a cartoon villain It is not enough for him to be a stalwart of racism he is also a neglectful father an unfaithful husband an appalling friend a heartless capitalist people are essentially economic propositions a manipulative son and a serial user of the women he eyes up as ripe and than ready to be bruised It may be that Brink is making a point about what s now called intersectionality the ways racism can be related to other social or sexual hierarchies and privileges Indeed at one point these links are made uite explicitly by one of Mynhardt s playthings You re an Afrikaner so you must be a male chauvinist I fail to see what the two can have in common Everything She sat down opposite me again on the edge of the chair her knees primly together Because this is a man s land don t you see Big game rugby industries power politics racism You Afrikaners have no room for women The only place you assign to us is flat on our backs with our legs open for the Big Boss to in and out as he pleases But I don t believe this is representative the whole issue with apartheid and similar systems is that the people who support it are very often kind hearted folks good family men attentive partners and loving parents who simply live by means of colossal sustained acts of cognitive dissonance By making Mynhardt wholly objectionable Brink loses I think several opportunities to make us as readers sympathise with him which would have been a much troubling and interesting response than simply loathing him completely from start to finish I have tried with so much care Mynhardt says towards the end to keep all the elements of my life apart and intact His emotional apartheid is heading for a violent collapse that will mirror the one about to overtake society as the riots break out in Soweto there are symmetrical eruptions of tragedy and abuse in his own circle Despite the novel s conceptual issues it all makes for a very dark and powerful climax as the rumours of rain finally end in the kind of downpour only Africa can produce Read it for future tips as well as historical context

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Life In a few days the security of a lifetime is destroyed and Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of Rumours of PDF his future back cove. Another life changing book that I read in my youth in a country that was at the time torn to shreds by Apartheid If I remember correctly the book may have been banned for a time making it even exciting to readI plan to re read it so as to observe my reactions to the content now that I am older and mature


10 thoughts on “Rumours of Rain

  1. says:

    I will start with a little contextual background The Mookse and the Gripes group has chosen a historic Booker shortlist to discuss and evaluate in the way we have been discussing the most recent one and 1978 was the year that won the vote The 1978 prize was won by Iris Murdoch's The Sea the Sea which was a worthy winner but for me this book is almost as goodBrink's narrator Martin Mynhardt must have been constructed to p

  2. says:

    There comes a day when for the first time violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There comes a day when for the first time a leader is allowed to promote his own interests simply because he happens to be the leader There comes a day when for the first time the weak one is exploited not in ignorance but because he cannot offer resistance There comes a day when for the first tim

  3. says:

    I rate Rumours of Rain very highly I confess though that I haven’t read any Gordimer and very little Coetzee so this view

  4. says:

    And with this book the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising but it soon became tiresome Fundamentally I just don't think it's properly a novel In 1978 the fashion for novels as moral

  5. says:

    Well written complex shocking at times engaging A very intimate look into South Africa during apartheid from an unsympathetic Afrikaner's point of view The narrative unfolds slowly but it's well worth the time and effort H

  6. says:

    35 starsThoughts to come

  7. says:

    I have to say this was a really hard read because I had such an early dislike for the main character not that one was supposed to fee

  8. says:

    A great South African novel Very crafty with great dialogue and plot construction The hero is not a likeable guy b

  9. says:

    Another life changing book that I read in my youth in a country that was at the time torn to shreds by Apartheid If I remember correctly the book may have been banned for a time making it even exciting to readI plan to re read it so as to observe my reactions to the content now that I am older and mature

  10. says:

    I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work Don't expect a balanced review from me As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of white a

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