Publish date: November 30th 2005
Pages no: 202
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Nobel Prize
, African Literature
This is a brilliantly-written novella, though the style takes a little getting used to. The writing is densely packed with meaning but at the same time quite spare; every word and its placement counts.July’s People was first published in 1981, during the time of apartheid and unrest in South Africa,...
bookshelves: summer-2012, tbr-busting-2012, published-1981, afr-s-africa, african-continent, nobel-laureate Read from July 02 to 07, 2012 Opening Quote: The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum there arises a great diversity of morbid symptons - Antonio Gramsci 'Prison Not...
Gordimer has a nuanced intelligence that is quite genuine. And the book is stylistically rich. Still, I found it claustrophobic, the entire story taking place in a tiny and narrow settlement, and the resolution ambiguous and unsatisfying. Others may find this much more to their tastes.
The 5 stars you see flashing at you are not just any 5 stars. They are the end result of a whole day of deliberation. I happen to be one of those people who are not stingy with their ratings. If a book manages to bestow equal importance on both the prose and the message contained within in such a w...