Rumours of Rain Hardcover – Sep 11 1978
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"A brilliant achievement"
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"A brilliant achievement." - The Times
"Peter Carey--Garcia Marquez--Alexander Solzhenitsyn: André Brink must be considered with that class of writer." - Guardian--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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As Martin drives to his farm with his son Louis - hardly any conversation is possible between son and father since Louis was sent to fight in Angola - to convince his mother to sell it, he recollects the many acquaintances he had, the love affairs, his professional success. Many questions are posed in the novel, particularly those concerning the political situation in South Africa during the apartheid. Can any changes be brought about peacefully? What should the position of the White man be after so many years of discrimination, oppression and humiliation imposed on the Black peoples? Should one approve of any violent forms of action through which one can prove one's solidarity with the oppressed masses?
"Rumours of Rain" is a very complex and powerful novel - the descriptions of townships like Soweto are literally breathtaking - like the continent in which it is set.
Brink's easy to read fictional narrative takes you through the Afrikaner history and shows you both sides of the apartheid regime through the character's eyes as well as those of his law school friend.
Definitely one of my all time favorite books.
I bought another copy to share with friends!