A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink PDF

By Andre Brink

ISBN-10: 1402208650

ISBN-13: 9781402208652

ISBN-10: 1402217218

ISBN-13: 9781402217210

On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to dying. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, used to be raised along the lads who may develop into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a fruits of relations tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the dwelling and the lifeless, a sequence of Voices is such as William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a appealing and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.

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Then a slave child on a neighboring farm is dragged from its hut one evening; and a great roar is heard in the dark. From all the farms in the Bokkeveld the men come down with their dogs and their slaves, a proper army on horseback and on foot, armed with guns and assegais and sticks, whatever comes to hand. The three of us are with them, Barend and Nicolaas and I; for we’re not children any more, and Barend is soon to be married. Now watch out, the Oubaas warns gravely, standing in the yard like a tree with the sun behind him, his hair like a great mane, and shining.

Such are the stories of Ma-Rose. And whenever I cannot sleep she holds me close to her, uttering the sounds of a mother-hen as she caresses me, taking my small member in her hand and rubbing it, ever so gently, until my feet leave the ground and I begin to drift away like a cloud over the mountains, far away, beyond the Cape that Nicolaas has told me about, beyond everything, and I fall asleep. Always Ma-Rose. Tied in a bundle on her back while she goes about her work, kneeling to rub the floor, or leaning over the open 32 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 33 A CHAIN OF VOICES hearth to reach the copper pots and the black kettle, stirring me to sleep.

At other times we have mud fights, lasting until only the whites of our 40 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 41 A CHAIN OF VOICES eyes are visible. Or we duck one another to see who can last longest, emerging more dead than alive since no one is prepared to give up first. Some days we take the dogs with us, the males, and hidden behind the mudwall reach for their pricks to pump them, feeling the tight muscle contract into a knob in our hands as each excitedly cheers on his victim, to see which will be the first to shoot: the tension heightened by a sense of danger, since some of them, as the spurting approaches, will snarl and snap at one without warning.

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