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By André Brink | Comments: ( 632 ) | Date: ( Feb 24, 2020 )

A fictional inquiry into the origins of apartheid This sweeping novel employs 30 different narrators to tell the story of a South African slave uprising in the early 19th century, following the oppressors and the oppressed for three generations.

  • Title: Houd-den-Bek
  • Author: André Brink
  • ISBN: 9780620057233
  • Page: 189
  • Format: None

About 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.

Comments Houd-den-Bek

  • Graham

    Andre Brink wrote this book in a raw and earthy style that mirrors the life in the Cape of Good Hope during the early years, when the Dutch and the British were vying for control of this strategic colony. The story is written from the points of view of all of the various characters in many different voices, so that the inner thoughts of all are laid bare. It is a tale frought with the personal miseries, dreams, aspirations and sufferings of the characters, each at their own level, according to t [...]

  • Plwest

    Run right out and buy A Chain of Voices. It is a stream of consciousness book about apartheid in South Africa and it is unrelenting. As a writer myself, I know how difficult it is to let horrifying circumstances stay horrifying and to not sentimentalize them with a couple of pony tricks. Andre Brink does not water down hideous circumstances. Maybe that's why he has been banned on and off.

  • Cheruv

    'A triumph of storytelling.' - The Times'A major novel.' - The Observer'A powerful novel.' - The Sunday TimesWith such praise why only 1 *? I must have missed something This book could have been great, 4*'s even.It touches on very human issues, in a dark period of South African history. It is based on actual events (although we do not know from the novel where fiction starts or stops and where history really begins). There was a slave revolt in 1825, led by a real Galant. Nicolaas van der Merwe [...]

  • Steve

    Mid 4. The structure of this novel, in analysing one incident from the perspective of various eyewitnesses, provides an insightful account of the origins of apartheid, the slavery system employed on early nineteenth century Afrikaaner homesteads. Set in 1825 and based on real events, Brink's novel relates the heightening tension which builds on this rural outpost as the childhood friendship between Nicholas van der Merwe and Galant disintegrates along racial lines as their adult roles of master [...]

  • Sue

    Based on actual incident of an 1825 slave uprising in South Africa. As with the other books I've read by this author, this is not a light read, yet I found it a very interesting and, dare I say, enjoyable read. How can human rebellion and mistreatment and brutality be enjoyable? Maybe it was the way that Brink crafted the story. The opening is the court document of the charges against the slaves. The ending is the verdict (no, I'm not spoiling anything). In between is the events leading up to th [...]

  • Ken

    Lots of realism in this book. A bit shocking n places but it does tell the story of early Dutch settlers in South Africa and the extremely tough life for both them and the blacks and coloured's of their time.

  • Minna

    A bit hard-read I hate to say it was a bit boring and I kept forgetting who was who :D

  • Kelly Danahy

    This is a powerfully, interwoven story about slavery with a large cast of characters in South Africa. The story is told by multiple points of view, and I'm a sucker for narratives that show just how differently people can perceive and react to the same event. As well, I've read books about slavery before, but they had always been about slavery in America, not South Africa, so it was interesting to note the differences.

  • Stuart Aken

    What a tremendous work this is. Ostensibly a story explaining the actions of a group of slaves in South Africa in the early 19th century, this tale of oppression, blindness, hypocrisy, injustice, love and prejudice is a startling and moving key to the lives of all those involved in the drama.Each character has his or her own voice, expressing emotion and action in terms that bring that person to life on the page. The book is divided into 4 parts without chapters but with each section presented t [...]

  • Peter

    A brilliant book.

  • John

    This is a look at southern Africa in the first part of the 19th century. The narrative is indeed a chain of both masters and slaves and how they are all connected by the events that start off this novel. I particularly liked the definition of 'freedom' arrived at by one of the main characters. Freedom is being able to think about tomorrow. I had not heard of this author and found this copy in the second hand section of Oxfam. There is no reason why I will not read other titles by him if and when [...]

  • Seattle Al

    I could not finish this book. An intriguing premise: a look back at the lives of a number of Africans during the 1820s before some of the black characters killed some of the white characters. The story is told from different points of view, the various characters narrating different chapters. The book fell apart for me because several narrators did not sound realistic and their thoughts were implausible, given their circumstances. A shame, since some of the narrative voices and stories rang true [...]

  • Gerold Whittaker

    Set in the early 1800's the the narrative is told by different characters thereby giving the reader the character's point of view. The story follows the lives of a settler and his family as they farm near Cape Town. The settler's sons and the slave's are friends as they are growing up, but as they grow to adulthood, they become master and slave. While this situation is accepted as normal for most of the slaves, not all share the same view.

  • Margitte

    André P Brink maak die leser weer eens daarvan bewus hoe 'n ongelooflike skat van woorde in Afrikaans ingespan kan word om 'n ongewone verhaal te vertel en dit dan met soveel empatie en eerlikheid bekend te stel aan 'n niksvermoedende leser. Brink is bekend vir sy ongewone onderwerpe wat telkens uit die geskiedenis geskep word om koue feite in boeiende stories te omskep. 'n Mens het tyd nodig om die boek te herkou.

  • Stephen Hull

    Bit of a curate's egg, this one. The idea and the structure is great, but the writing didn't always sustain it. Clearly the author was providing an implicit criticism of apartheid-era South Africa, which was a brave thing to do at the time, but the worthiness of the intention undermined the book a bit. It took me a long while to really get going with the book and it could easily have lost 100 or so pages. Still, I'm glad I read it.

  • Lesley

    I loved the structure of this book. It's about an event that happened in the past but instead of one narrator the story is told by all those involved - they form a chain of voices. By listening to a range of subjective voices we get an objective view and are left to make up our own minds about what happened. It would be great if history books could be written like this.

  • Lynne Rypien

    This was a required read in my Social Psychology course in university and still years later, is one I recommend! What is fact and what is perception? In reading through the characters views of themselves and others, the reader, too, finds themselves changing perspectives and feelings about the characters and situations!

  • Emma

    Amazing - literally a chain of voices, many points of view during a harrowing period in South Africa. The bursting need for freedom and the relationship between white and black stemming from a childhood but constrained by the pressures of adulthood. So well written, felt I was there and inside the characters. Shall be reading more Brinks.

  • Jax Goss

    Totally wonderful. As usual from brink.

  • Joy

    complicated,compelling look at South Africa.

  • David Kenvyn

    Anything by Andre Brink is worth reading, even if his books can be very depressing at times

  • Polly

    Reid and Becky say it is awesome

  • Lois

    One of his earliest books published in English. I found it hard going at first - far too many narrators, but it is worth the struggle.

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