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Blade Of Grass Paperback – Aug 23 2004

3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial (Aug. 23 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006392806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006392804
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lewis De Soto's debut novel, A Blade of Grass, tells the story of Marit Laurens, a young woman of British descent, recently orphaned, who has moved with her new husband Ben to a remote farm on the contested borderland between South Africa and an unnamed country. When Ben is killed by a bomb in an act of guerilla warfare, she decides to stay on and run the farm. Alone in the world, she befriends Tembi, the daughter of her black housemaid, who has also been killed, in an accident. Struggling to transform herself as the surrounding countryside descends into bloody conflict, Marit finds herself caught between the fear and prejudices of the local Afrikaner community and the shifting loyalties and growing feeling of entitlement of the indigenous black workers. When first the Afrikaners and then the blacks flee the area, and the outside world starts to encroach menacingly on the isolated farm, Marit is stripped of everything that gave her a sense of self and a sense of belonging to this place.

A Blade of Grass is a delicate, if at times naively sentimental, exploration of the arc of a courageous relationship between two women from different societies, each an outcast from her own, during the death throes of apartheid: from the rigid structure of master and servant, through the tenderness of the shared experience of aloneness and defiance in the face of societal pressures, to betrayal. De Soto has transformed the quiet immensity of the South African veldt into spare, luminous prose. He contains everything--repression and ownership, belonging and loss, humiliation and hope--in the small gesture, the seed, the blade of grass. The story's brutality is barely graphic in its depiction, but the terror is present nonetheless, lurking insistently beneath the surface, waiting at the edge of the farm. --Diana Kuprel

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A Blade of Grass, the first novel from Toronto writer and painter Lewis DeSoto, is an impressive, if flawed, debut, a compelling examination of race and place, the personal and the political, in South Africa. DeSoto, a South African immigrant, pulls no punches and offers no platitudes in this harrowing account, not only of relations between the races under apartheid but also of relations within the races, between Boers and British-descended newcomers, between black revolutionaries and farm-workers. Newlyweds Ben and Marit are new arrivals to the rich farming country in northern South Africa, near the border of an unnamed country. Ben is a transplanted Englishman who dreams of land to call his own, of an almond plantation to pass on to his children. Marit grew up an only child in Johannesburg, and married Ben shortly after the accidental death of her parents. They fit uneasily into their community, on good terms with the African farm workers and their Boer neighbours, but Marit is keenly aware of their difference, of how ill-suited she is to life as a farmer's wife. She is also unsettled by the political uncertainty of their district; the young couple was only able to afford their farm because of the area's instability, the incursions of guerillas crossing the border from the north to burn farms and commit other terrorist acts...DeSoto ultimately provides readers with a valuable and unique perspective on the ongoing legacy of racial segregation and violence in South Africa, and the lingering instability of life post-apartheid

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By A Customer on Sept. 7 2004
Format: Paperback
As an English teacher, I look for authors with purpose and who use literary device to achieve that purpose. This book, both for literary reasons, and pure storytelling ability, is a masterpiece. An english student can analyze the text, and be mezermized by the use of sound, parallel construction, and symbol (to name a few!), and all readers can enjoy the quality of character and plot. My ultimate test is a book's ending; this book's ending is tragically appropriate, and yet hopeful as well. Read this book; you will not be disappointed!
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A new and upcoming African writer. DeSoto brought out a lively story about Africa. It portrayed the people through lively characters, and gave a vivid picture of the landscape. His insight into the human relationships that were prevalent in the era was perfect. The tragedies are relayed in a somber but heart strengthening way. DeSoto's picture of South African apartheid portrays the mixed emotions of the characters, of love, hate, sorrows, regrets and sufferings. He made it possible for anyone to relate to the story. I always like books about Africa since I want to get a good account of many of the untold stories about what happened during the last century of the continent's turbulent history. And in DeSoto's descriptions that are so evocative of the bush and the characters, I had a great insight.
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**Spoiler Alert** At the start of the book, I enjoyed it and thought it was going to be a good book; however, it quickly became a book that went down to "only okay". From the time that the main character's husband dies, (early on in the story) the story goes downhill.

The "friendship" between the white woman and the 18 year old black woman never becomes a true friendship. The white woman, born, brought up and married into privilege, may be intrigued by playing at "allowing" the black woman to appear to be a friend of hers but it never rings true to me.

The black woman will take whatever the white woman offers her but never thinks of her as a friend. Once the young black man comes into the picture, she bands together with him against the white woman, which rings very true.

I never felt any concern for either of the women so I couldn't feel anything much for the story. I didn't like either one of them, both using the other for their own reasons.

Male authors who write from a woman's perspective rarely do it well. Lewis DeSoto certainly has not been an exception to that rule.
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By A Customer on Jan. 28 2005
Format: Paperback
A fascinating book concerning life in apartheid South Africa.
Very readable, with deep and moving characters.
Highly recommended!
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