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An important vision of South Africa
on 29 July 2007
It is having read this book that i understand Coetzee's Disgrace so much better. Between them they are almost like a conversation being shouted across the years, from pre apartheid to post-apartheid. It is a conversation about South Africa and its people, the terrible impossibility and the hesitant optimism.
There is such humility in Paton's writing, such understanding and forgiveness. This is a book which lives and breathes South Africa. I feel this despite never having been there; for it is alive in these precious words.