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The Complete Oom Schalk Lourens Stories [Hardcover]

Herman Charles Bosman
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Human & Rousseau (Pty) Ltd (16 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0798146761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0798146760
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,335,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In one volume for the first time, the entire sequence of Bosman's famous Oom Schalk Lourens stories. Edited from authoritative sources, and accompanied by original illustrations, this gathering represents a feast of South Africa's best-loved tales. The sixty pieces include all-time favourites like "In the Withaak's Shade", "Makapan's Caves" and "Willem Prinsloo's Peach Brandy", the Boer War classics "Mafeking Road" and "The Rooinek", as well as several lesser-known treasures.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The short story master 17 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
Herman Charles Bosman was a master-wordsmith. Nothing compares when it comes to South African short stories, with the great use of irony and a wittiness like no other. It encapsulates a time period that was turbulent in South Africa's history - just after the South African war. Every story is easy reading and is full of humour, but always has a twist at the end that makes you think a little. Worth every penny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time . . . 23 Mar 2014
By Odball
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Someone else has written here that it is 'Apartheid Literature'. It isn't that because it pre-dates the start of Apartheid by several decades. However, racist it certainly is . . . But there is a 'but'.

It is very denigrating about the 'kaffir', and describes the society in those times. The irony is, the society being described would not have functioned without the 'kaffir'. And its no irony, I think this is quite deliberate on the part of the Author, who I believe was an educated man (a teacher from memory, I may be wrong). In those days you wouldn't / couldn't write openly about racism being wrong, but you could write stories like this that would make readers start to think that maybe, just maybe this racism thing is all baloney . . .

It is written with a very dry sense of humour, and almost a tenderness in places, despite the harshness of the struggle just to stay alive at that time and place. There are unspoken rules in any society, and they can be circumvented, usually with a little sly wink at the end of the story.

Is this avid reading for today's society ? No, at times the attitudes do not make easy reading for modern times. But does it describe a Society that is no more, and try to poke a little bit of fun at itself and how silly / stupid those days were ? Yes, it does do that . . . .

If you have no knowledge of South African history and in particular Afrikaaner Culture, there are occasional references in this book that may escape you. And if you do know anything about Afrikaaner Culture and are English speaking then you already know who Oom Schalk Lourens is . . .

Its nice that all the stories have been collected in one place . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars OOM Schalk , the storyteller 3 July 2014
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An absolute classic, but non Afrikaans speakers may have a problem with some of the expressions. Bosman is an icon of RSA in the early days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Pre-Apartheid satire, witty and soul-searching 11 Jan 2014
By ruth stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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Fine pre-Apartheid satire at its best. One of the most sensitive and penetrating collections of insights into the character of colonial South Africa, and into human nature. Witty, biting, profound and ultimately as kind as its protagonist storyteller. A collection to move you to laughter, burning anger and tears. Herman Charles Bosman does not spare anyone, from pompous European settlers and high handed Imperialists to bigoted backwater farmers, in this hilarious but profound expose of human weakness. Brilliant, timeless South African literature.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only for those interested in racist afrikaner culture 24 Nov 2013
By Maarten Coertjens - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredibly racist book even if it is a 'product of its times'. Only to be read for academic interest in Afrikaner apartheid culture.
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