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The Story of an African Farm (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 26 Nov 1998

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  • 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)

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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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The Broadview Editions series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, lesser-known literature. Newly type-set and produced on high-quality paper in trade paperback format, the Broadview Editions series is a delight to handle as well as to read.

Each volume includes a full introduction, chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes along with a variety of documents from the period, giving readers a rich sense of the world from which the work emerged. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I first heard of this novel when I was studying Vera Brittain's A Testament of Youth at college. In that book she mentions the influence that The Story of an African Farm had on her. It must rank as one of the most boring titles of a book ever and a book that has stayed in obscurity ever since.

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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Interesting historical fiction. I read it as someone's book club choice. i shouldn't have read it otherwise. i found it rather depressing.
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Interesting book, worth a read to get an insight to a different place and time.
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The Story of an African Farm is an account about a family and how they interact in a South African farm. This is a book that is hard to put down. With is unfamiliar depiction of life style unfamiliar , it still comes out as engaging, inspirational and real. This is striking thing about the story is its deep portrayal of women . This is a highly recommendable book for readers who want to get a good grasps of the different perceptions and treatment of women in our world. It reminded me of another great read, The Usurper and Other.
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