I should have put this book aside and tell myself to take some distance and reflect on what I had read uptill now. To say to myself: Later this week I will continue reading this book. But I did not, I could not. I had started and the writer dragged me along, page after page, hundreds of them. From the anti-apartheidmovement to a famous housing building in Jo’burg, encounters with more or less famous South Africans and pro homo-rights. He moved to a place that was slightly better. He meets people from the northern hemisphere who want to do good? Or do they just enjoy the rich life in South Africa?
With commitment and distance Bart Luirink scetches his way from The Netherlands to South Africa and back and forth. It is a wonderful into the life of Bart and that of South Africa. It was late, very late when I closed the book.
Bart Luirink – Puur Goud. Andere verhalen uit Zuid-Afrika – Amsterdam 2010 – 304 pages