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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Headline Digital
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0095J7H0S
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Barabara Mutch expertly paints a vivid picture of the dry land of the Karoo, the ever-changing water level of the Groot Vis and the bridge that partitions the people of Cradock by skin colour. She also has crafted a remarkably well-rounded character in Ada who has a keen interest in reading and learning words, is captivated when playing both classical and jazz on the piano and is intent on gaining equal rights with the use of negotiation rather than war. The other characters such as her kind friend Lindiwe, and the Harrington's add to the diversity and depth of South Africa at this time. I would highly recommend this novel and will look out for more from this author in future.
This is so conflicting, I want to call it beautiful, but it isn't most of the time. Ada is an incredible character who endures so, so much. Although her ending is happy, it's only just so.
This book doesn't touch much on after the apartheid, more the before and during and it's heartbreaking and whilst Ada's story is fiction, it's hard reading something that was full of truth: the treatment and attitudes are horrendous.
This is admittedly a long read - I felt we were reaching a conclusion at around 59% and so was a bit frustrated to think I'd not long passed the halfway mark and thought it would become dull. The author continued the story well, however it lost steam for me, as I felt we'd received the entire story by 59%. I think this was the fault of the blurb though as it really only indicated the first half - the blurb for the book on the author's goodreads profile is far more accurate.
All in all though, a very powerful and well written book following the very difficult, although blessed life of Ada
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Taught me so much about the pre and actual apartheit periods in South AfricePublished 5 months ago by Naomi Phillips
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This will stay with me for sometime....absolutely fantastic reading. The highs and lows, suspense, anger, humour, love just beautiful depiction of life's challengesPublished 14 months ago by Pos-i-tive
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