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The Housemaid's Daughter Audio Download – Unabridged

4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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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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Format: Hardcover
This novel offers a really interesting perspective on the apartheid era and how it affected ordinary people, specifically women, on both sides of the huge divide that existed in South African society. Above all though it's a story about the power of friendship to break down those barriers, and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Whether you have a particular interest in South Africa and that period of history or not, you can't fail to be captivated and moved by this beautiful story. Highly recommended and looking forward to more from this new writer.
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Format: Hardcover
In heart-wrenching detail, the author captures the difficulties facing those divided by apartheid and she provides a vivid and powerful insight into an intensely fraught time in South African history. This is done with such eloquence, such skill and such honesty that I challenge anyone to remain unmoved in its reading. Well worth a read!
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Ada Mabuse, the Housemaid's daughter, lives with her mother in the kaia at the bottom of the Harrington's garden. Both Ada and her mother Miriam strike up an unlikely friendship with their boss, Madam Cathleen, despite the racial inequality and segregation dividing South Africa during the twentieth century. The book follows Ada throughout the decades from a young girl learning the piano from a white woman to a mother who will do anything to protect her mixed-race child.

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.
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I feel a little heartbroken right now, really I could cry. The tears in my eyes are ready and waiting to fall.

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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I found it very difficult to stop reading this book, and sad when it came to an end. It is a beautifully written account of a woman living through Apartheid in South Africa, and her madam, who is also isolated in her own way. Not only was it a great story, but it taught me a lot about those times. I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
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This had a good story line and the characters were promising, however the whole thing lacked depth, complexity and the sense of being fully developed. It was clear this was the author's first novel and she has a way to go before perfecting her craft.
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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2015
Format: Paperback
I think it’s wrong to dismiss this book as lightweight. It is not a major novel but the gentle tone of the narrative stemming from the nature of its heroine, Ada, has sincerity and conviction. Ada feels deeply but she is not given to dramatizing events, so there is little here in the way of fireworks. It is true that the characters, Ada apart, lack complexity. The younger ones in particular are seen very much in black and white terms. Neither is there an overt, and certainly not aggressive, political stance. Nonetheless, humane values shine through and we are made keenly aware of the stage of South African development and unrest at this time. It is not an ambitious work but it presents a well-told story in a credible social setting and makes up in integrity for what it may lack in excitement.
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I loved this book and will read it several times, that is why I gave it five stars. The way it is written is marvellous, seen from so many different sides apartheid is a dreadful thing. I would recommend it to lots of adults who like books with facts in them.
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