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Triomf Paperback – Sep 7 2000

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (Sept. 7 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349112347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349112343
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,013,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This novel is simply put - unforgettable. Although, some may find this work disturbing and very uncomfortable to read, I was completely drawn into the dysfunction and hopelessness of the Benade family. Van Nierkerk brilliantly positions Afrikaaner politics against the hopes and dreams of one of the most bizarre families you'll ever meet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not for the Faint of Heart Oct. 10 2005
By Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Months after reading Triomf I can still close my eyes and like Dorothy clicking her heels, am quickly transported to heat, poverty, opressive depression and the sense of something really grimy nagging at the corners of my soul.

When someone chooses a book in order to visit another place I don't imagine this is the "where" many are after. The author - and translator - have managed a perfect journey, not very pretty, into the world of a South African version of poor white trash. The characters' lives are like the town they live in - built on destruction with God know what lying rotting under the surface. As I read I was almost desperate to find something, anything, to like about the characters. The few moments when that happened were rain in the desert. Sweet, relieving, and over very quickly.

This book is a slice of life written well enough to make it quite real. The question here is if you want to go where Marlene van Niekerk takes you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another step to understanding the reality of South Africa Sept. 22 2009
By Frieslander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Van Niekerk creatively takes us into the sad reality of apartheid through the eyes of a poor white trash family from Johannesburg. I appreciated the dark humor used while portraying this dysfunctional family- ultimately the end result of almost 50 years of a government that didn't work.
By sarafenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very well written and topical since the death of Mandela. I would recommend this for anyone studying the effects of racism and the impact that continue to be topical.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
feeling ugly Aug. 4 2005
By R. Ludbrook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is value in reading this book. It is a peek into a different world, but it was not worth the bad feelings that lingered every time I put the book down.
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Frustrating Feb. 19 2007
By E. Imholz-Nueesch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a great admirer of Nelson Mandela and read anything that I can get my hands on about South Africa. I bought this book in the Dutch version but it was one big struggle to finish. There is really nothing that I liked about this book. I found the language ugly, repetitive and more of the same all the way through. I could not recognize anything lovable about the 4 characters of this family nor feel any compassion with the way they live their life. Maybe I am too naive or too spoiled but I completely failed to recognize the essence and quality of this novel.

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