Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub]

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Rumours of Rain

REVIEW Ë Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink Winter in South Africa a time of searing drought angry stirrings in Soweto and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the s. I will start with a little contextual background The Mookse and the Gripes group has chosen a historic Booker shortlist to discuss and evaluate in the way we have been discussing the most recent one and 1978 was the year that won the vote The 1978 prize was won by Iris Murdoch s The Sea the Sea which was a worthy winner but for me this book is almost as goodBrink s narrator Martin Mynhardt must have been constructed to personify the most unpalatable elements of apartheid South Africa and its Afrikaner ruling class He is a rich and successful businessman and mine owner who is arrogant insensitive exploitative and misogynistic As a narrative voice this takes some getting used to but Brink s talent is such that one almost feels sorry for him by the end of this tale which sees the cosy complacencies of his world and his attempts to keep its various elements separate dismantled piece by piece over the course of a long weekend He emerges as a nuanced character deeply flawed but very human The portrayals of his friends and family are skilfully drawn but also somewhat symbolic his best friend Bernard is a lawyer who has decided he has to fight the system and is on trial and his son Louis has come back from military service in Angola deeply disillusioned and uestioning The foreground events of the story cover Martin s reminiscences of a trip with his son to visit his mother on the family farm which he needs to persuade his mother to agree to leave and sell The narrative is full of asides and back stories with many events and people alluded to long before their stories are revealed in detail The events of the book seem all the relevant given what happened a dozen years later Brink s analysis of why the system had to change is impressive perceptive and prophetic

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REVIEW Ë Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink Corched bush Martin Mynhardt a wealthy Afrikaner plans a weekend at his old family farm But his visit coincides with a time of cris. 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 necessary 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 Light Traveling family Knights vs Dinosaurs farm But his visit coincides with a time of cris. 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 Knights vs Dinosaurs fashion Goodnight Moon 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 A Hundred Summers 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 necessary 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 Cross Laminated Timber Design 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 Her Guilty Secret for apartheid up next to the case against it I was High Risk Affair Silhouette Intimate Moments 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

André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW

REVIEW Ë Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink Is 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 futu. 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 periodThe 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 knifeA very enjoyable and absorbing read


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  1. says: REVIEW Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub]

    SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW I will start with a little contextual background The Mookse and the Gripes group has chosen a historic Booker shortlist to discuss and evaluate in the way we have been discussing the most recent one and 1978 was the year that won the vote The 1978 prize was won by Iris Murdoch's The Sea the Sea which was a worthy winner but for me this book is almost as goodBrink's narrator Martin Mynhardt must have been con

  2. says: Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW

    REVIEW Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink There comes a day when for the first time violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There com

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    REVIEW Rumours of Rain SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW 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 fictionalisedfactionalised elsewhere It's u

  4. says: REVIEW Rumours of Rain André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink

    SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW REVIEW Rumours of Rain And with this book the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising but it soon became t

  5. says: Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink

    REVIEW Rumours of Rain Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW 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

  6. says: Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink

    Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] 35 starsThoughts to come

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    REVIEW Rumours of Rain Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW 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

  8. says: André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW SUMMARY Ø MUSICAITALIANA.CO ´ André Brink REVIEW Rumours of Rain

    REVIEW Rumours of Rain Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW 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 po

  9. says: Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] André Brink ´ 1 REVIEW

    Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] 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 even exciting to readI plan to re read it so as to observe my reactions to the content now that I am older and mature

  10. says: Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub]

    Rumours of Rain [Free E–pub] I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work Don't expect a balanced review from me As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of

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  • Rumours of Rain
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  • 14 July 2020
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