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Read & Download 'n Droë Wit Seisoen ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ ❮Epub❯ ➠ 'n Droë Wit Seisoen ➟ Author André Brink – Gwairsoft.co.uk As startling and powerful as when first published than two decades ago André Brink's classic novel A Dry White Season is an unflinching and unforEstions and desperate to believe that the man's death was a tragic accident Du Toit undertakes an investigation into the terrible affair a uest for the truth that will have devastating conseuences for the teacher and his family as it draws him into a lethal morass of lies corruption and murder. It has long been my habit to start a book by looking at the cover giving than a glance at the copyright page skimming the acknowledgements and scanning the table of contents before beginning the actual book Surprisingly the copyright page occasionally offers something I might not find elsewhere This book offered than the usual fiction disclaimer Nothing in this novel has been invented and the climate history and circumstances from which it arises are those of South Africa today But separate events and people have been recast in the context of a novel in which they exist as fiction only It is not the surface reality that is important but the patterns and relationships underneath that surface Therefore all resemblance between the characters and incidents in this book and people and situations outside is strictly coincidentalFirst published in 1979 this is a story of Apartheid in South Africa How can one not have known of the systematic racial discrimination of the time We outsiders knew it was wrong but did we actually realize its full extent No I did not see the movie made from this bookThe novel begins with a foreword by a fictional author At least I thought it was fictional but perhaps it was in fact André Brink inserting himself into the novel He tells how he knew Ben du Toit in school had not seen him for many years and then was contacted by du Toit He says after du Toit was killed in a hit and run accident at 11pm at night The author is in receipt of du Toit's papers notes diaries There is also a short epilogue where the fictional authorBrink says he wrote the novel so no one could say he didn't knowThe story itself begins at approximately the time of the Soweto uprising A young man in whom du Toit had taken a special interest was involved Jonathan Ngubene goes missing and though uestions are asked of the Special Branch they say they know nothing Then rumors begin to surface I don't see how it is possible for any reader to lay this asideThis is a compelling story especially due to the copyright disclaimer Nothing in this novel has been invented It is made compelling by the way Brink tells it his writing Normally I would bristle at sentence fragments There are only two or three instances where Brink inserts them into the prose and I chose to think of them as impressionism in the same way a painter does Constables loitering on the pavement with deliberate idleness Cypresses and aloes A hospital atmosphere inside Stern corridors; open doors revealing men writing at desks in small offices; shut doors; blank wallsMost of this is written in third person limited from the point of view of Ben du Toit But there was one place where Brink switches to second person It is very uiet in the office There are steel bars in front of the window It hits you in the solar plexus Suddenly you realise that the friendly chap with the curly hair and the safari suit hasn't turned a page in his magazine since you arrived And you start wondering your neck itching about the thin man in the checkered jacket behind your backFinally Brink presents some diary or journal entries written by du Toit These of course are in the first person In another author's hands these changes would be annoying but here it is done masterfully I could not have been aligned with du Toit even though the narrator was male rather than femaleIt is possible this is the best of Brink but a GR member from South Africa has pointed me to others I look forward to those titles and perhaps others by this author I may give 5 star ratings freely than many and this certainly belongs on my 5 star read shelf I think it also belongs on my top 10 reads of all time

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As startling and powerful as when first published than two decades ago André Brink's classic novel A Dry White Season is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance the human condition and the heavy price of moralityBen Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johannesburg. It is ironic that while reading this account of defying prejudice I found myself prejudging the entire book based on the rather irrelevant and minor frame story at the beginning and worked myself up into such a fit of disdain that I very nearly abandoned this brave and important work by André BrinkBrink risked his own reputation and safety to speak out about prejudice and injustice in South Africa in the late 1970s A Dry White Season once the frame story is dispensed with tells of the battle waged by a singular man who goes against his own community the teachings of his church and even his country’s justice system in order to follow a path dictated by his own conscience André Brink died recently and is said to have been disillusioned by post apartheid South Africa There are two kinds of madness one should guard against One is the belief that we can do everything The other is the belief that we can do nothing

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'n Droë Wit SeisoenIn a dark time of intolerance and state sanctioned apartheid A simple apolitical man he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies until the sudden arrest and subseuent suicide of a black janitor from Du Toit's school Haunted by new 'n Droë Kindle u. I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was published 1979 I was ten a 5th grader in an isolated rural western Washington town Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence for A Dry White Season was a bestseller upon publication in the United States but I recall our class watching a cartoon film of black African children each drawn with tight black curls and toasted almond skin holding hands and singing as they paraded through streets made of simple gray lines The words they sang never left me We are marching to Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Hooorah Of course it would be years decades before the irony of those lyrics hit me What that film was why it was shown in our classroom why we learned the lyrics to British military marching song or a Boer independence marching song or an American Civil War marching song for all are claimed as the song's origins are mysteries never to be solved I can only assume my teacher hopped on the same bus as The Weavers who sang the song for years without bothering to learn what it was about and once they did turned it into a protest song But of course it's easy to protest another country's political tyranny with folk songs from thousands of miles distant when it isn't your life on the edge when you don't risk family job property or your life to stand up and do the right thing For Ben Du Toit a white schoolteacher in Johannesburg doing the right thing never occurred to him until suddenly it became the reason for his existence As this story unfolds in the late 1970s apartheid is the accepted way of life Blacks are segregated in township ghettos a condition Afrikaners and other white South Africans treat with reactions ranging from mild concern to dogmatic approval But nearly all are oblivious to the effect racial segregation injustice and abuse has on the human beings who clean their homes tend their gardens and who are disappeared by the authorities for crimes real and mostly imagined It isn't until Gordon a janitor at Ben's school pleads for his help in locating Gordon's missing son that Ben wakes up to the reality around him Ben follows protocol solicits an attorney and restricts himself to the usual channels of inuiry At least in the beginning When Gordon is detained by the police Ben is drawn into a much darker drama beyond the borders of his reasonable tidy life This is a political story Ben remains something of a cipher a mild mannered oddly passive husband father teacher who is motivated not so much by affection or concern for Gordon and his family but by a blossoming sense of social justice In that this is not so much the story of a man but of a nation of men It is no surprise that A Dry White Season was banned in South Africa soon after its publication there for it is a strident call to action by a white man to his fellow white citizens It is an appeal to resist defy expose even when fighting back seems futile agains the might of a wealthy armed regime It is the shedding of ignorance innocence passivity It is a story of betrayals and loss of courage There are some awkward stylistic choices insertions of Ben's diary that seem to want to lend humanity and color to an otherwise monochromatic personality but the prose is refined and confident and careful I suirmed a few times at the drifting of Ben's narrative toward the White Savior but I wonder how much of that is my own baggage and an armchair reflection of this history nearly forty years later I am so glad to have read this book a classic indictment of apartheid that has not lost its power or relevance in a time when race dominates our national conversation and international imperatives