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Kruispad is die kern van Deon Opperman se groot TV-trilogie oor die Afrikaner se pad in Suid-Afrika. Dit beeld presies uit waar die groot verandering gekom en hoe die Afrikaner daarop gereageer het.
Die roman wentel om Sophia en Mariana, die twee dogters van ’n welgestelde boer, Soois van Rooyen, en sy vrou, Mart. Sophia is met die skatryk FG van den Berg getroud en Mariana met die arm, bekrompe Andries Landman. Terwyl FG en Andries albei hul ekonomiese status nŠ die verkiesing van 27 April 1994 verloor, sit hul onderskeie seuns, Klein FG en Henk, met die nalatenskap van apartheid.
Kruispad belig nie net die snykant van apartheid fel nie, maar boor ook diep in die problematiek waarmee die Afrikaner in die jare negentig moes worstel en toon hoeveel inbors en karakter dit verg om die juk van die verlede af te skud.
How long does it take for scars to heal? How long does it take for a scarred memory to fester and rise to the surface? For Marubini, the question is whether scars ever heal when you forget they are there to begin with.
Marubini is a young woman who has an enviable life in Cape Town, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends … until her past starts spilling into her present. Something dark has been lurking in the shadows of Marubini’s life from as far back as she can remember. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches out and grabs at her.
The Yearning is a memorable exploration of the ripple effects of the past, of personal strength and courage, and of the shadowy intersections of traditional and modern worlds.
Die Potlooddief Se Bruid En Ander Stories, a collection of columns by Keina Swart, is the result of different journeys, of her heart, mind and imagination, and adventurous explorations of places far and near.
She writes about the people closest to her – the men, women and children of her heart – and explores the soul of South Africa and its unique stories.
Anna Benz lives in comfort and affluence with her husband and three young children in Dietlikon, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. Anna, an American expat, has chosen this life far from home; but, despite its tranquility and order, inside she is falling apart.
Feeling adrift and unable to connect with her husband or his family; with the fellow expatriates who try to befriend her; or even, increasingly, her own thoughts and emotions, Anna attempts to assert her agency in the only way that makes sense to her: by engaging in short-lived but intense sexual affairs. But adultery, too, has its own morality, and when Anna finds herself crossing a line, she will set off a terrible chain of events that ends in unspeakable tragedy.
As her life crashes down around her, Anna must then discover where one must go when there is no going back ...
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say.
Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where The Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Iris Langley is forced to take charge when her mother, Grace, has a stroke. This is no easy task: Iris suffers from the lingering effects of a near-fatal fall as a child. The accident turned her mind into a place where a dragon lives: one that roars in her ears and fills her head with smoke.
As her mother retreats into dementia, Iris realises that Grace is hiding something – a secret about that fateful day in the mountains that could threaten everything she believes about herself and her family. But with her own memory fragmented, and Grace’s mind in tatters, how can she find the truth?
Set against the sombre beauty of the Drakensberg mountains, Bridget Pitt’s powerful new novel takes us into the labyrinthine world of brain injury, and reveals how the strands of guilt, secrecy and devotion that bind mother to daughter may devastate or redeem them.
Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.
Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment.
It’s a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you have less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends’ losses.
And it’s that very evening, at exactly 11:30 pm, as Treslove, walking home, hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country, that he is attacked. And after this, his whole sense of who and what he is, will slowly and ineluctably change.
The Finkler Question has been awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010.
Rehana Rossouwís unique voice gives life and drama to this family saga. It is the story of the Fourie family, residents of Hanover Park in the Cape Flats during the height of the struggle era. The main characters include Magda, the churchgoing mother, who doesnít see whatís going on in front of her; Neville, the concerned and loving but not always effectual father; Suzette, the oldest daughter, who is bound and determined to get away and make a better life for herself via a career in modelling; Nicky, the smart and sensitive middle child, who proves herself capable of making unselfish choices; and Anthony, the naive and doomed son, who gets caught up with a gang and meets a sad end. In What Will People Say the setting is everything, and the author doesnít stint on the details of the world her characters inhabit. Readers who have never set foot in Hanover Park will feel they are there, and those who know the place will nod in recognition of the sensory details the author loads into her writing. Nor does the author shy away from the difficult issues faced by those living in this marginalised and disadvantaged community, which came into being as a result of the forced removals from Cape Town. How these issues affect the members of a particular family and their relationships with one another are the focus of the authorís close-up lens. Generously spiced with Cape Flats slang; lots of vivid and gritty description that give an authentic feel to the story; plenty of plot Ė the writer draws us in and makes us curious about what will happen next; and very human characters we come to care about.
A heartwarming, and heartbreaking, multi-generational novel from
the bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith--a tale of unrequited
love, and the unexpected places it takes us.
Life of Pi is a contemporary novel about one boy's story of endurance after a disaster at sea leaves him the sole survivor in a lifeboat for 227 days with a fierce Bengal tiger. The story charts the life and death experiences of the protagonist, Pi, as he is forced to draw on his spiritual and mental strengths to survive every part of his adventure. The layers of vivid story-telling reveal the many complexities of Pi's extraordinary journey.
- Includes introductory notes about the author, and background information about the novel, themes and characters
- Annotations in the margins highlight literary concepts to guide learners' thinking as the novel progresses
- Footnotes throughout the novel provides learners with explanations of new words and key concepts
- Short questions, contextual questions and essay questions address all cognitive levels, prepare learners for their exams and promote critical thinking
- Includes answers to all questions
Gentle but highly strung, Janet must support her Afrikaner husband in his new job as a plain-clothes policeman and specialist interrogator. Hektor-Jan heads off to work on New Year's Day, aware that he is unbearably close to a bloody drama about to unfold. As Janet's world tightens and threatens to fracture, she must look to her children and cling to the support of Alice, her black maid, and Solomon, her ever-faithful gardener.
All too conscious of her own emotional fragility, Janet watches her mother slip into the folds of 'Old Timers' disease. And next door, the lurking, unfathomable Doug is up to no good. As the crack in the swimming pool widens, can Janet bridge the gaps that threaten them all?
Written with tenderness and disquieting power, Christopher Radmann exposes a brutal centre that cannot hold - and reveals how in apartheid South Africa, things must crack and fall apart.
It has been almost a month since Kwan and Reed rescued Rebecca Davis from certain death at the hands of the self-proclaimed President of NUSA, the man who took the life of her unborn child and left her to die.
What her tormentors did to her threatens to set her on a new path, one steeped in hatred and vengeance. Rebecca now walks a fine line between right and wrong, between good and evil, between love and hate. With her soul cleaved apart only the bonds forged in the crucible of war can bring her back.
"My name is Rebecca Davis. I am the leader of The Legion and I am prepared to fight to the death to secure freedom for my people".
The Legend is the final volume in The Legacy Trilogy. It is a tense and gripping conclusion and, as in all wars, sacrifice is inevitable.
SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front. After being badly wounded he is fit only for administrative duty and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale.
He sets up a chess club which thrives, as the officers and enlisted men are allowed to gamble on the results of the games. However, when Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners he hears of a Jewish watchmaker who is 'unbeatable'.
Meissner sets out to discover the truth behind this rumour and what he finds will haunt him to his death...
In this title, Seven Steps To Heaven, this streetwise philosopher of the shebeens and entrepreneur par excellence takes the back seat as her son Kokoroshe, street urchin turned lawyer, takes centre stage.
This is a multilayered family saga, a riveting tale of love, betrayal, and a search for identity - sexual and otherwise.
Dark and understated, but sometimes boisterous and with the in-your-face humour that made Bitches' Brew a hit with readers and critics alike, is the engine that drives Seven Steps To Heaven to a painful yet satisfying climax.
From Ronald H. Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie is the powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love.
Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago - that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine.
With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?
This is a sweeping American novel about race, love, family and money set in the last half of the 20th century.
Hilton Wise is the son of one of the most powerful and wealthy lawyers in the United States. When he falls for Savannah, a young black girl he meets on Cape Cod during the summer of 1952, he has no idea that his passion for her will expose his father's deepest secrets. The result will shatter his family, and hers.
Years later, unable to forget, Hilton abandons his comfortable life on the east coast and sets out to find Savannah. But as he struggles to right the wrongs he set in motion he comes to realise that forgiveness doesn't have a price.
Set in the last half of the 20th century, years that changed America for ever, Wise Men is a sweeping story about love and regret, about the crushing weight of familial obligation, and about the difficulty of doing the right thing in an unjust world.
Half Chinese and half Canadian, Katherine Goodnow struggles through a 1950's childhood hostile to all she represents. Then, as a teenager, she discovers jazz, and her life is transformed. Her talent for the piano brings her freedom, adventure, and a sense of purpose, helping her survive unexpected motherhood and her incurable love for the unreliable father of her children.
Half American and half Afghani, Mahsa Weaver is only twelve when, after the death of her parents, she is sent to live with strict relatives in Karachi. Struggling to break free, she escapes to Montreal, but the threads of her past are not so easily severed, and she finds herself forced into an arranged marriage. For Mahsa, too, music becomes her solace and passion, allowing her to dare to dream of a life that is really her own.
When these two women meet in New York, they begin a friendship that will change everything. Vividly rendered and sweeping in scope, Under The Visible Life is a stunning meditation on how hope can remain alive in the darkest of times, if we have someone with whom to share our burdens.
What About Meera tells the tale of Meera Narain, a twenty-two-year-old woman from Durban who escapes her abusive arranged marriage to run away to Dublin, where she takes up a job as a care-giver at a school for autistic children.
After years of abuse at the hands of her doctor husband, Meera’s fractured and damaged psyche sends her spiralling into a doomed relationship with Ian Gallagher, the father of one of her autistic patients. The obsessive affair uncovers frightening truths about Meera’s childhood on a farm in rural KwaZulu-Natal, setting her on a destructive path of alcoholism and hallucinations. It is in this dangerous state that Meera commits a horrifying act and is ostracised from the world where she thought she would find happiness.
Pulsating with life and colour and a considerable amount of black humour, What About Meera is the gripping story of a woman’s attempts to rise above her circumstances and take control of her fate.
Hierdie boeiende drie novelles word op intrigerende wyse aan mekaar verbind deur oorvleuelende karakters en plekke, asook tematiese ooreenkomste. Die drie vertellers is al drie kunstenaars – ’n skilder, ’n argitek, ’n pianis.
Die Blou Deur begin met ’n droom en ’n verwysing na Kafka se Metamorfose. In hierdie verhaal vervaag die grense tussen die droomwÍreld en die realiteit ook soos by Kafka. Kunstenaar David het ’n kothuis wat hy as ateljee gebruik en waarheen hy gaan om te skilder. En op ’n dag wanneer hy daar aankom, bevind hy hom in ’n ander werklikheid: ’n donkerkop vrou en twee kinders heet hom welkom asof hy deel is van hulle gesin ...
In SpieŽl maak argitek Steve een oggend die ontdekking dat hy nou swart is. Daardie dag ervaar hy dinge en mense telkens op ’n heel ander wyse, en word hy gekonfronteer met die probleem van identiteit. Totdat alles tot ’n keerpunt kom die aand toe hy en sy vrou Carla saam met ander mense in ’n restaurant deur ’n groep gemaskerde mans oorval word.
In Appassionata raak pianis Derek Hugo betrokke in ’n verhouding met sangeres Nina Rousseau – ’n verhouding wat egter op haar aandrang platonies bly. Maar alles verander na ’n gewelddadige voorval in ’n restaurant, toe Nina daarop aandring dat hulle vir ’n paar dae na haar ou familieplaas toe gaan – ’n plek met ’n donker geskiedenis.
Soos sy lesers van Andrť Brink kan verwag: hier is weer eens die meesterverteller aan die woord!
Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.
Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them.
Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
A sweeping, multi-generational saga for fans of Downton Abbey, set around the stately home of Cavendon Hall as the roaring twenties change the family's fortunes forever. 1926. One stately home's future lies with four very different young women... On a summer weekend in 1926 the Ingham family gathers at Cavendon Hall, the great house in Yorkshire that has been their family home for centuries, summoned by the Earl. With them are the Swanns who have served the house for generations - and know all their secrets. The estate is under threat: the aftermath of the Great War has left Cavendon facing ruin. Its heir is pushing for divorce so he can follow his heart. And the Earl has a surprise of his own. Four young women from both sides of the house will be the ones to shape its future - Daphne, fighting to modernise her ancestral home; Cecily Swann, forging a path as a fashion designer in London; Deidre, the career girl, and Dulcie, the outspoken debutante. They will change the estate's future for good or ill as the roaring twenties burn towards the Great Depression. Nothing will ever be the same again...
Na die verbrokkeling van sy verhouding vestig die kunstenaar Niek Steyn hom in Kaapstad. Wanneer een van Marthinus Scheepers se varke in Niek se tuin beland, raak hulle bevriend. Charelle Koopman, Niek se loseerder, verdwyn eendag, en ín welaf kunstenaar maak ín verdagte aanbod op Niek se huis. Op Stellenbosch skryf ín vrou met ín haaslip ín monografie oor die kuns van die Olivier-broers, en word op ín dag ooggetuie van ín moord. Kort hierna nader ín holwangkerel haar met ín vreemde voorstel.
One man's odyssey across a world without memory.
On Day Zero, humankind collectively lost its memory. The collapse of civilisation was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. For a man named Kayle Jenner, confined by a regime to a commune on a remote beach, all that remains is the vague and haunting vision of a son ...
That, and a wooden raft. It is a raft that will set Kayle on a journey across a broken world to find his son.
Braving a landscape of elusive encounters, a maze of other people's dreams, and muddled memories, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero – a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.
Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church.
He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation.
It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.
For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy with the victims and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison, branded as an enemy of the state. Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed. Not just a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times, the Magistrate is an analogue of all men living in complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.
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