Child of the River

Child of the River

Large Print - 2017
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"Persomi is young, white, and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm in the South African Bushveld. Persomi's world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her, escaping the brutality and squalor of her family home through the newspapers and books passed down to her from the main house and through her walks in the nearby mountains. Persomi s close relationship with her older brother Gerbrand and her fragile friendship with Boelie Fourie heir to the Fourie farm and fortune are her lifeline and her only connection to the outside world. When Gerbrand leaves the farm to fight on the side of the Anglos in WWII and Boelie joins an underground network of Boer nationalists, Persomi s isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her dreams of an education, a profession, a native country that values justice and equality, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her the tragedies of war and the devastating racial strife of her homeland she finally discovers who she truly is, where she belongs, and why her life and every life matters."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410497161
Branch Call Number: JOUBERT I LP
Characteristics: 571 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Silke, Elsa - Translator


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Dec 06, 2018

I enjoy coming of age stories and have also enjoyed several historical fiction books set in Africa. This had both so it was a win-win for me. Set in the South African Bushveld during the 1940’s thru the 1960’s, It follows Persomi from a poor child of sharecroppers to adulthood. The are three main storylines: Persomi’s poor upbringing, her bittersweet romantic life, and her fight against Apartheid laws when they affect the local Indian townspeople. I really liked the character of Persomi who was strong enough to overcome her circumstances and make something of herself. Some of the legalese towards the end was a little slow but overall a big thumbs up for this book. Looking forward to The Crooked Path which follows the life of another character from this book.

May 22, 2017

Interesting look at South Africa at the beginning of apartheid. Written in form of a historical romance novel, so light.


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