This book is one in a set of three. I have read one book, now the second (no numerological order).

The main character of the book is a South African architect, a succesful acrchitect and a well-to-do one. Married with two children and even an au-pair from Europe. One day he wakes up, goes to the bathroom and when he looks into the mirror he discoivers to his am,azement and shock that his skin has turned a deep brown. It is not a heavy tan, that has been building up in a few days time. It has appeared from one moment to the next. This white male has become overnight a dark brown male.

Brink searches in these pages for identity in the new South Africa. How will people look at him? What will his friends say? Will his wife Carla take a different opinion on him? What will Steve think about himself and how others will think about him? Does colour has any impact in the rainbow nation?

Ofcourse women and affairs enter the pages as well (and they also define his identity!), you seems not to be able to have Brink and frorgo women and affairs. But is seems that the skin has a greater impact on the man in the pages.

Skin and identity.
Identity and skin.

Will it be a change form the outside towards the inside?
Or will it be a change from the inside towards the outise.

An intruiging book.

André Brink – Spieël / Mirror – 2008

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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