At first I thought this book by Norman Silver (1946) was a bit policor, but in the progress of reading this idea moved to the background. This book is set in South Africa (the writer was born in South Africa), more specifically in Johannesburg and the area of Yeoville.
We meet four young female friends. Rebecca (coloured), Reena (white), Thuli (black) and Jay (Indian). The setting with these four girls from different background planted the idea of policor in my mind. The young adult novel is far more complicated than that. The novel shows the complexities in the post-apartheid world of Johannesburg, and and area, that changes from year to year, colours change, prosperity changes, poverty changes, upward mobility, and downhill mobility. People looking for better places, people looking for survival and these four girls see it happens in their multiple relations and in their families and in their neighbourhood. They see the rise of crime and drugs and degradation, they see it with their own eyes, within the walls of the livingroom.
The children have crossed boundaries in their relations. Will it have a positive effect on others? Can they be a force for change? Or will they be swept away in the forces that sweep the streets, like crime and filth and addiction?
Norman Silver – A Monkey’s Wedding – 2000