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The relationship between the teenage Crystal (Afrikaans) and her Jewish boyfriend Raymond is bitterly opposed by her right wing anti-Semitic father. Also his orthodox parents forbid continued liaison . Family conflicts and sibling rivalry abound! He leaves the city to study in Johannesburg and has other relationships. There is pathos as the death of his younger brother from a brain tumour is described with deep emotions coming though.
One of the funniest episodes is on the liner up the east coast of Africa where he is willingly seduced by an older woman, whose fiancé joins the boat at the next port.
The ribald humour moves well, often with a fast flowing dialogue.
There are many complexities and twists to this novel, and it gives an excellent portrayal of life in a white middle class environment in the Apartheid era.
I thoroughly recommend it as a very good read and look forward to sequels from the `Portnoy of Port Elizabeth!'
It portrays ideological clashes within the family and a fair amount of sibling rivalry. In the tradition of Romeo and Juliet and Westside Story, the Jewish protagonist and an Afrikaans girl fall in love, attracting the wrath of their respective families.
Although the novel is an action-packed page-turner, the characters are well-drawn and believable. The intimate physical scenes, of which there is no shortage, are very well written.
In some novels phonetic spelling can be a problem, slowing the reader down, but not so in this case. It is so expertly done that it greatly enhances the reader's enjoyment. You effortlessly hear the South African and Jewish accent.
The novel ends in a surprising, unconventional way.
A short (so the reader does not get the feeling they are reading a history text book!) but clear insight of South African politics merge with the complications of different religions. The writer does not hide the normal 'silent' truths of such reality, instead, he tells us in black and white, exactly what the outcome can be from complicated backgrounds, in this case, an orthadox Jewish man and a young Afrikans lady with a father of severely right wing anti-Semitic views.
If Michael is planning a sequel to this book, (which I hope he is) he's going to have a hard job to match the magnificance of this one.
The point that I found interesting was the description of racist prejudice of Afrikaaners towards the Jews and the mistrust of Jews towards Afrikaaners.
I wouldn't recommend this book as I was irritated most of the time by its style . I finished it because i hoped for some change in his character as he matured, but none happened. He is very lucky to have found a publisher!!!!
The politics concerns Apartheid in South Africa and its effect on various members of a middle class Jewish family. The sex centers on the hero, a virile South African stud, as he grows up in South Africa and moves in later chapters to England. The author has cleverly introduced each chapter by setting out the world events, both political and cultural, that cover the period contained in this riviting story.
The book is well written. However, I have a small quibble with one of the early chapters where the author uses phonetic spelling when quoting the South African vanacular, which I found slowed down my reading. Don't let this put you off. It is worth the effort, as the rest of the book is a pleasure to read.
I understand this is the author's first book and I look forward to his next.
Most recent customer reviews
Bought it in 2009 and recently re-read. A lovely, moving story and an impossible-to-put-down read. Just finished this author's second book 'though, 'Quadrangulation', which... Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. J. C.
Not a bad READ, I've never read a book about the Jewish religion or about South Africa, seemed long winded at times and then years went by quickly and it finished abruptly.Published on 5 May 2014 by Helen Plymouth
Hardly great literature but an easy and sometimes funny read. On a couple of occasions I laughed out aloud. On the whole enjoyable.Published on 28 Jan. 2014 by Mr M Herman
Such a nice easy read that makes you think of families and how true these situations are - worth readingPublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by michael & joy stewart
Really enjoyed this book with its setting in the part of SA that I know, the relationship between the brothers and the dramatic conclusion.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by Singing Dorabella
I enjoyed reading this book ,it was an easy read. enjoyed it ! would recommend this book for a holidayPublished on 30 Dec. 2013 by H. AUSTIN