- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (26 Nov. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192836641
- ISBN-13: 978-0192836649
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 13 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of an African Farm (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 26 Nov 1998
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"This excellent edition allows us to read the novel in its important social, political, and literary contexts...an important achievement." -- Paula M. Krebs, Wheaton College --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I was lucky to see the film version of this story, which only covers Part I of the book. It was given the title, "Bustin' Bonaparte" for American release, which seems to downplay Bonaparte Blenkins essential nastiness.
I have read the book twice. This was necessary because in many ways the book is very hard work to read, like many 19th Century novels. However, it is well worth the effort. Although set in mid-19th Century South Africa, it seems to have a far wider timeless quality. The central character, Lyndall, expresses a feminism which would do Germain Greer proud. Some people have found her preachy but it still gave me food for thought.
This is not the only interesting aspect of the book. Bonaparte Blenkins is one of the most colourful villains I have ever encountered in a book. Lyndall's aunt, Tant Sanny, is equally grotesque with her almost casual racism and deep hyprocricy. The sad thing in the book is that the good characters in the book tend to suffer and the bad ones always seem to do better. I think this gives the book an air of pessimism.
Anyway, I highly recommend anyone to give it a go and don't worry about the boring title.
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I enjoyed this book immensely. The descriptions really evoke a very different time and place and gives lots of things to ponder on. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by Andrew
A very interesting and important novel for it's time. A young woman who saw things differently than her elders and culture. Read morePublished on 22 April 2010 by R. Abraham Fisher