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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ((( Kleinkat )))
Philida is an African slave girl, working for the Brink family in the Eastern Cape in the early 19th century. She narrates some chapters; others are narrated by the plantation owner Cornelis or his son Frans. Later on, more narrators are also brought in. It seems from the end-notes that it is loosely based on Andre Brink's own ancestors.

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Published on 17 Sep 2012 by MisterHobgoblin

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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR
The story started off with promise but after several chapters it descended into farce. Would not recommend. Did not finish.
Published 21 months ago by Janie


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3.0 out of 5 stars Andre Brink, 8 Jan 2013
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I was disappointed in this book. I had liked previous books by the author. Too often he is listing place-names and giving chronologies that do not add to the story. And I was disappointed on the emphasis - too much sympathy for the white ancestors.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Booker Prize Long List 2012, 14 Sep 2012
This review is from: Philida (Hardcover)
I've just finished novel number two from the twelve on the long list and I must admit I haven't read the 1976 shortlisted "An Instant in the Wind" or the 1978 shortlisted "Rumours of Rain" by the same author. So this was a new experience with a writer I hadn't come across before.

This is the fictionalised tale of a the very real Philida, a slave in South Africa in the 1830's who we find travelling to the local town to lodge a formal complaint against the son of her boss, who had promised freedom in exchange for sexual favours. She has borne his children, been subjected to cruel punishments as a result and has finally decided that "no" is and answer she can pursue.

The early chapters are told in many narrative voices, although all are centred on the plight of Philida. The later part of the book becomes more her own narration with limited input from the other narrative voices. The early explanations of her plight are the ones that ring most true.

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