review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF


Over the years there has been a steady stream of books on the life and times of the South African prisoner and politician Nelson Mandela. In this heavy book Mandela is conversing with himself. But do not forget that he is talking also with other people. During his lifetime he kept notes, not always on … Continue reading review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF

review MEMORANDUM


When I read the name of Marlene van Niekerk, the South African writer, I think at once about that great novel ‘Agaat’. This novel ‘Memorandum’ is of a completely different character. Right away she threw me into the deep side with ‘Memorandum 3’. Where are number 1 and number 2? When I flipped through the … Continue reading review MEMORANDUM

review THE HOUSE GUN


During her long life the South African writer Nadine Gordimer has written many books, never shying away from her contemporary history in her divided country. She touched upon many relevant issues, and at the same time she never lost sight of ordinary people. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her writing. This … Continue reading review THE HOUSE GUN

review THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR


One of the main characters in this novel is an architect in South Africa. Is it sheer coincidence that the writer of this novel, Yewande Omotoso, is an architect herself?At times writers tell the world that the content of their work is pure fiction, but is this always the case? Why choose a profession with … Continue reading review THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR

review SPOOR


This is not the first book by South Africa writer Deon Meyer that I have read. Each book is a story filled with complexities in the set up of the developments. You have to be a careful reader and at best you should read the book in one go. For in the way you will … Continue reading review SPOOR

review THE FIRST BOER WAR


Recently I read a few books concerning the two (Anglo-)Boer Wars in South Africa. Some were written from a British perspective, another by a Dutch historian, a book on Paul Kruger was written by a German author. This current book has been written by an academic from the United States of America. Joseph Lehmann was … Continue reading review THE FIRST BOER WAR