Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa Paperback – 15 Mar 2011
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"Adamantine research and thoughtful analysis . . . brilliant and detailed."
--"Sunday Times", South Africa
"The author's skills of observation, and affection for the real-life characters, results in stories that remain with you."
--"O Magazine", South African edition
Adamantine research and thoughtful analysis . . . brilliant and detailed.
"Sunday Times," South Africa"
The author s skills of observation, and affection for the real-life characters, results in stories that remain with you.
"O Magazine," South African edition"
About the Author
Henry Trotter is a doctoral student of African history at Yale University. He lives in Cape Town.
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The narrative is light hearted, relevant and honest whilst it illuminates a strong sense of impartiality and empathy towards the girls and the situations that have drawn them into the "game". By far the most mind-boggling, thought provoking part of the book depicts the cultural aspects of the "sugar girls" relationships with the sailors and the lengths at which they go through to "educate" themselves in order to gain financial favour and ultimately the upper hand amongst their fellow opponents...
The author has presented an honest, personable, raw account reflecting the histories, motivations and aspirations that the girls hold; whilst maintaining a high degree of factual and validated data.
This book has provided a cache of an important part of South-African history.
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This is one of those books that seems to breeze by, and at the end, you realize the author has taught you a great deal, by subtly prying open and thoroughly analyzing the life and work of a particular community.