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African women : three generations

by Mathabane, Mark.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Clairton Public Library Non-Fiction 305.4 M426
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  305.4 M426
Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 305.409 MAT 1994
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  305.409 MAT 1994
Tells the personal stories of the author's grandmother, mother and sister, and how they faced desperate and dire circumstances to survive and raise their families. The book also shows how their lives were caught up in the events of South Africa, yet also involved problems specific to women.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Mathabane's stunning bestseller Kaffir Boy (1986), about his coming-of-age in the slums of apartheid, his mother is a strong, quiet force who encourages him to study, break free, and finally to leave her behind and find his place as a writer in the U.S. Now he tells her life story, and those of his grandmother and sister, in three interwoven first-person memoirs that speak in harrowing detail of growing up female in South Africa. The accounts are long and repetitive (tighter editing would have made this much more intense), and it's sometimes hard to remember who's talking, especially since the three voices all sound the same. However, their connection is an important part of what they have to say: all tell of pain and grief, of women horribly abused--physically and emotionally--by the racist system, by desperate poverty, and by the cultural tradition that makes a woman the property of her husband. The violence seems overwhelming, and yet somehow these women remain a family and help each other find self-reliance. There's no sloganizing; rather, the political is made personal in scenes of daily confrontation, between women and men, between black and white. (Reviewed Feb. 15, 1994)0060164964Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mathabane won a wide readership with Kaffir Boy , his account of growing up in apartheid South Africa, and its sequel Kaffir Boy in America. Here he presents a gritty oral history of his grandmother, mother and sister, who overcame relationships with abusive men and struggled to maintain their self-reliance and dignity. His maternal grandmother, Ellen, tells a harrowing tale of being abandoned by her husband for another woman, and of watching her father and brother die, victims of witchcraft. Ellen's daughter, Geli (the author's mother), was sold for the traditional bride-price to a man she abhorred, a compulsive gambler who beat her and drove her into temporary insanity. Florah, Mathabane's sister, took part in looting and mob violence in the 1976 anti-apartheid student rebellion; later, a single mother, she struggled to extricate herself from a relationship with an ex-convict. The alternating first-person narratives are reconstructed from interviews which Mathabane's wife conducted with these three women, leaving a reader with the impression that the jarringly articulate testimonies that appear here have been heavily reworded by the author. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women, Black -- South Africa -- Social conditions.
Families -- South Africa.
Apartheid -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York, NY :HarperCollins,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xviii, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0060164964 :
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