After reading the debut novel from this author, "Guernica", and being unable to put it down, I was keen to get my hands on his latest offering.
In "The Undesirables", Dave Boling explores the ramifications of the Boer War through the eyes of a feisty, intelligent adolescent girl called Aletta (or Lettie for short). The book starts with the raid and destruction of Aletta's family home, and follows her and her family's transfer to a concentration camp, where Aletta is forced to come of age through a series of horrific events.
The experiences of Aletta and her family are representative of her country as a whole. The brutality and injustice inherent throughout the main part of the book moves to a sense of hope for the future at the end, with South Africa's post-war regeneration encapsulated in the restoration of the family farm.
Another strong book from Dave Boling, written from the perspective of a refreshingly different character.