No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present

Book - 2012
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At the heart of the story is an interracial couple, Steve and Jabulile, living in a newly, tentatively free South Africa, he a university lecturer she a lawyer, both comrades in the Struggle and now parents of children born in freedom. They have a daughter, Sindiswa; they move to the suburbs; there is another child, a boy this time. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story, and the stories of their friends and families, the author manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself in the post-apartheid world of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012
ISBN: 9780374222642
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2012

Having read this novel a few months ago I wasn't surprised by the news of the tragic slaughter of the striking miners in South Africa.This is the story of a couple whose black/white marriage was once illegal, who worked for the victory of the ANC and who now find themselves members of a privileged middle class. As they watch the slow and painful improvements and the many political failures of their country they struggle with a decision to leave. The story is told as a sort of stream of consciousness of the people involved and as usual Gordimer does it brilliantly.

Jun 15, 2012

Brilliant. This novel is about post-1994 South Africa to the present day as told through the story of two Freedom Fighters by exposing the link between the personal and political. How does one live by one's principles? What are the responsibilities of people involved in a Struggle?


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