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There comes a day when, for the first time, violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There comes a day when, for the first time, a leader is allowed to promote his own interests simply because he happens to be the leader There comes a day when, for the first time, the weak one is exploited, not in ignorance but because he cannot offer resistance There comes a day when, for the first time, a verdict in a court case is given, not on the basis of what is right b There comes a day when, for the first time, violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There comes a day when, for the first time, a leader is allowed to promote his own interests simply because he happens to be the leader There comes a day when, for the first time, the weak one is exploited, not in ignorance but because he cannot offer resistance There comes a day when, for the first time, a verdict in a court case is given, not on the basis of what is right but on the basis of what is expedient This long and angry dispatch from the heart of apartheid South Africa can be an oppressive read, though for understandable reasons Less understandable, perhaps, were the frankly terrifying number of modern parallels that emerged from this putatively historical document.The narrator at the core of the novel, Martin Mynhardt, is a hugely successful Afrikaner businessman and one of the very pillars of white supremacist society, who thinks of himself as contributing to the good of his community and his country He doesn t hate black people rather, he likes to believe that apartheid is probably good for them, on balance Extending real political power would be a mistake they ve simply not developed far enough to handle such sophisticated forms of Western organisation A matter of evolution Through Mynhardt we re introduced to a complex web of interlinked friends, colleagues, lovers and family members who represent a cross section of 1970s South African society, from the rural farmstead matron to the idealistic city student, the determined black businessman to the angry white activist lawyers, witchdoctors, religious figures and expatriates, all of them ultimately grappling with the same basic fact of life.If you have the stomach for it, experiencing the world through the eyes of a proponent of apartheid should be an educational experience My problem was that despite his ingratiating and plausible self justifications Mynhardt is made into something a bit too much like a cartoon villain It is not enough for him to be a stalwart of racism he is also a neglectful father, an unfaithful husband, an appalling friend, a heartless capitalist people are essentially economic propositions , a manipulative son and a serial user of the women he eyes up as ripe andthan ready to be bruised.It may be that Brink is making a point about what s now called intersectionality the ways racism can be related to other social or sexual hierarchies and privileges Indeed at one point, these links are made quite explicitly by one of Mynhardt s playthings You re an Afrikaner, so you must be a male chauvinist I fail to see what the two can have in common Everything She sat down opposite me again, on the edge of the chair, her knees primly together Because this is a man s land, don t you see Big game, rugby, industries, power politics, racism You Afrikaners have no room for women The only place you assign to us is flat on our backs with our legs open for the Big Boss to in and out as he pleases But I don t believe this is representative the whole issue with apartheid, and similar systems, is that the people who support it are very often kind hearted folks, good family men, attentive partners and loving parents, who simply live by means of colossal, sustained acts of cognitive dissonance By making Mynhardt wholly objectionable, Brink loses, I think, several opportunities to make us as readers sympathise with him, which would have been a muchtroubling and interesting response than simply loathing him completely from start to finish I have tried with so much care, Mynhardt says towards the end, to keep all the elements of my life apart and intact His emotional apartheid is heading for a violent collapse that will mirror the one about to overtake society as the riots break out in Soweto, there are symmetrical eruptions of tragedy and abuse in his own circle Despite the novel s conceptual issues, it all makes for a very dark and powerful climax, as the rumours of rain finally end in the kind of downpour only Africa can produce Read it for future tips as well as historical context Well written, complex, shocking at times, engaging A very intimate look into South Africa, during apartheid, from an unsympathetic Afrikaner s point of view The narrative unfolds slowly, but it s well worth the time and effort Highly recommend. I rate Rumours of Rain very highly I confess, though, that I haven t read any Gordimer, and very little Coetzee, so this view of South African apartheid has probably been very well fictionalised factionalised elsewhere It s unusual to come across a story where from start to finish, the narrator, our eyes and ears, is the most reviled character Once I had a true feel for Martin Mynhardt as apologist for the spurious justification of apartheid I felt, as reader, actively engaged in seeing throu I rate Rumours of Rain very highly I confess, though, that I haven t read any Gordimer, and very little Coetzee, so this view of South African apartheid has probably been very well fictionalised factionalised elsewhere It s unusual to come across a story where from start to finish, the narrator, our eyes and ears, is the most reviled character Once I had a true feel for Martin Mynhardt as apologist for the spurious justification of apartheid I felt, as reader, actively engaged in seeing through the nonsense being promoted I found this a great narrative device.My only criticism of Rumours of Rain, is that the odious main character, Martin Mynhardt ,so openly revealed as a narcissist, exploitative in every respect is loved by Bernard Franken and Bea Fiorini, and marries Elise Surely Martin would not be surrounded by good people In the case of his son, Louis, this isconvincing we cannot choose our parents or children, and the fractured relationship between father and son concluded as expected.That said, I read a sports tennis book semi autobiography this summer, 2016 A Handful of Summers It was written in 1978 by a South African tennis player Gordon Forbes I hated it My review at the time mentioned recurrent sexism bordering on misogyny throughout Martin Mynhardt s musings on women sounded familiar P424 if one cannot reach one s goal with a woman within a reasonable time, the relationship becomes uneconomical, the investment too large for the eventual returns In A handful of Summers the author freely acknowledges that he picked up the women overlooked by his much better mannered and gracious friend And here we have Martin taking advantage of goodwill by association with his friend, Bernard.Reading this twenty five years after apartheid s end, I suspect I felt rather less despair than I would have in 1978 It didn t make the book any less enjoyable, and probably evenso than had I read Rumours of Rain on release And with this book, the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising, but it soon became tiresome Fundamentally, I just don t think it s properly a novel In 1978 the fashion for novels as moral and historical edification was perhaps not what it has become now, but I did read it now, and I am heartily tired of this mode One comes away from this book thinking that the message appears to be that apartheid is bad, and so is the war with Angola Again, perhaps this was a m And with this book, the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising, but it soon became tiresome Fundamentally, I just don t think it s properly a novel In 1978 the fashion for novels as moral and historical edification was perhaps not what it has become now, but I did read it now, and I am heartily tired of this mode One comes away from this book thinking that the message appears to be that apartheid is bad, and so is the war with Angola Again, perhaps this was anecessary message in 1978 than it is now, but I was convinced of this before I read page one The characters appear to exist largely to personify various issues and types, and not as characters in their own right, and metaphors of apartheid as male compartmentalization are heavy handed I also simply do not believe that a woman like Bea would date our narrator nor he her, if it comes to that , adding disbelief to her role as symbol of the woman who feels things as we all should It s sad that the most interesting and real character would be the narrator, and even he lapses into treatise style discourse as Brink appears to be trying to put the case for apartheid up next to the case against it I was frankly relieved to reach the end I know it s possible to write big novels of ideas, and I do love them, but this is a novel of an idea a novel with a message and it s not the same thing Winter in South Africa a time of searing drought, angry stirrings in Soweto, and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched bush Martin Mynhardt, a wealthy Afrikaner, plans a weekend at his old family farm But his visit coincides with a time of crisis in his personal life In a few days, the security of a lifetime is destroyed and Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of his future Source back cover 3.5 starsThoughts to come I have to say this was a really hard read because I had such an early dislike for the main character not that one was supposed to feel that way but it was the nature of the person A historical perspective that I have never experienced and I feel I learned an incredible amount by reading. Die korrupsie in die Apartheidregering word in die boek as fiksie aangebied en die leser moet kies tussen twee uiterste karakters met geen middeweg nie n Insiggewende boek Letterkunde, en spesifiek di van die Sestigers, was die enigste publikasies waarin protes teen n stelsel aangebied kon word in die Apartheidsjare Ander publikasies, soos koerante was verbied om dit te doen Sommige verhale was feite in fiksie formaat en so versprei aan die wereld Die beperkings op die pers het tot gevol Die korrupsie in die Apartheidregering word in die boek as fiksie aangebied en die leser moet kies tussen twee uiterste karakters met geen middeweg nie n Insiggewende boek Letterkunde, en spesifiek di van die Sestigers, was die enigste publikasies waarin protes teen n stelsel aangebied kon word in die Apartheidsjare Ander publikasies, soos koerante was verbied om dit te doen Sommige verhale was feite in fiksie formaat en so versprei aan die wereld Die beperkings op die pers het tot gevolg gehad dat skrywers soos Brinkcarte blanche gebruik het om in romanvorm n nuwe denkrigting onder Afrikaners te bemark, feite op die tafel te sit, en ook daarin geslaag het Veral diegene wat ongemaklik was met die status quo het die geleentheid gebruik om van binne die laer te timmer aan die ondeurdringbare muur Die boek belig daardie debat wat selfs families geskeur het, en belig die verskil in denkrigtings wat toe al bestaan het, maar nie deur n regering geakkommodeer was nie n Goeie stuk werk A great South African novel Very crafty, with great dialogue and plot construction The hero is not a likeable guy, but one sees a very important world through his eyes and his senses and his distorted cultural and political thinking Very important look at the seventies in the country a crucial period.The prose is very how shall I describe it without using a cliche I can t so it s spare and robust The descriptions of the African countryside and the weather and the horizon are all won A great South African novel Very crafty, with great dialogue and plot construction The hero is not a likeable guy, but one sees a very important world through his eyes and his senses and his distorted cultural and political thinking Very important look at the seventies in the country a crucial period.The prose is very how shall I describe it without using a cliche I can t so it s spare and robust The descriptions of the African countryside and the weather and the horizon are all wonderful, evoking incredible feelings and memories and providing atmosphere that you can cut with a knife.A very enjoyable and absorbing read Another life changing book that I read in my youth, in a country that was, at the time, torn to shreds by Apartheid If I remember correctly, the book may have been banned for a time making it evenexciting to read.I plan to re read it so as to observe my reactions to the content now that I am older andmature. 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About the Author: André Brink

Andr Philippus Brink was a South African novelist He wrote in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town.In the 1960s, he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers The Sixty ers These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends His novel Kennis van die aand 1973 was the first Afrikaans book to be banned by the South African government.Brink s early novels were often concerned with the apartheid policy His final works engaged new issues raised by life in postapartheid South Africa.


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