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Gordimer is brilliant,
By A Customer
This review is from: Burger's Daughter (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer is an intense, engaged, writer, and this is a wonderful novel, haunting and mesmeric, beautifully judged in its dealings with emotions and character.
The lead character, Rosa Burger, is the daughter of a famous white anti-apartheid activist who dies in jail. With her mother and brother also dead, Rosa is left alone - although, with a gaggle of other activists and the government trying to keep tabs on her, she is never alone.
The book deals with Rosa's attempts to find her place afte rher father's death, at first fleeing from activism, escaping to Europe, but finally returning an dinevitably adopting the legacy of her father. It is a book about families, about politics, about hope and about South Africa. Intermixed with long sections on South African history, it deals with the possibilities of racial harmony in a subtle, convincing way.
This is one of those books which gets you in its grip and does not let go. Gordimer is a writer of sustained brilliance, and I think this is a masterpiece.