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THE CAPACITY FOR HOPE: A “REVIEW”OF THE BOOK ‘KAFFIR BOY’ (by MARK MATHABANE)

September 30, 2010

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PART FOURTHE CAPACITY FOR HOPE: A “REVIEW”OF THE BOOK ‘KAFFIR BOY’ (by MARK MATHABANE)

Tags: books, ‘Kaffir Boy’, Mark Mathabane, South Africa, good books, hope, capacity of hope, ‘To the End of the Rainbow’

“A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book.”

The capacity of HOPE:

“Underneath almost crushing weights, there is always hope, or at least the capacity for hope…even if it’s only a glimmer. It may be only a tiny spark, but it exists… always and it’s this flicker that keeps people going. This tale is one of resilience. In one sense the novel is a celebration – albeit a bleak one – of the human spirit’s powers of perseverance.”

Hope is this writers only chance.

This work is a celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit.

And it’s not just in some of us…it’s in ALL of us!

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

I will write and am writing stories (true) drawn from the rich tapestry of life. Stories like the one of Mark Mathabane’s ‘ KAFFIR BOY’#

 

# As adapted from the book ‘KAFFIR BOY’ * by Mark Mathabane (Pan Books in association with Bodley Head 1986).

* a highly derogatory term denoting black people and used by racists from the old South Africa, by the way

A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book. I have largely based my “character sketch” on the author’s early experiences. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me, Mark and providing me “sheltered me living in white suburbia” with so much information about the horrendous indignities of township life under Apartheid.

Craig Lock (“white boy runnng”).

as written January in the year 1995

‘DIE BOERSEUN EN DIE ROOINEK SOUTIE’

September 24, 2010
The New Rainbow by Craig Lock

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PART FOUR: SOUTH AFRICA, “the still beloved country”
‘DIE BOERSEUN EN DIE ROOINEK SOUTIE’

Tags (key words): books, South Africa, Rian Malan, My Traitor’s Heart, great books
MY TRAITOR’S HEART by RIAN MALAN
Blood and Bad dreams:
A South African Explores the Madness in His Country, Hias Tribe and Himself
Published by Vintage (1990)
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Then he (Malan) started to write the book South Africa wanted him to write. The book about how and why we kill each other, ‘My Traitor’s Heart’.

“How do I live in this strange place?”
– Bernoldus Niemand, from the Boer reggae song, ‘Reggae Vibes Is Cool’      
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Don Mattera (former gang leader, known as “Bra Zinger”)
I don’t know it will end, but I can tell you HOW it began.
                                                            “We were poised on the cusp of history”

“The tide of history had turned”

“On the trash-heap of history”

‘mlungu’ = white man

“It might be hard for you to understand this being an outsider; but South Africa holds the souls of its sons and daughters in an almost inescapable gasp. History cast all of us in a strange and gripping drama, but I had deserted the stage. I had no idea what my role was, and felt I would never be whole until I found out!”

“I didn’t learn about the paradox by living in South Africa’s white suburbs; I learnt about it on the police beat.”
– Rian Malan

“To live in Africa, you must know what it’s like to die in Africa.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“It’s a celebration of a man’s unique vision, a vision which reaches out and shines, touching with magic the drama of life across it’s limitless horizons.”
– anon