The House Gun

The House Gun

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"With the scaffolding of a courtroom drama and the moral underpinnings of the state's responsibility, the novel infuses an isolated crime of passion with the atmospheric pressure of a country reeling from its own past." --"The Boston Sunday Globe"A house gun, like a house cat: a fact of ordinary daily life. How else can you defend yourself against intruders and thieves in post-apartheid South Africa? The respected executive director of an insurance company, Harald, and his doctor wife, Claudia, are faced with "something that could never happen to them" Their son, Duncan, has murdered a man. In this powerful and disturbing anatomy of a murder, Nadine Gordimer examines the effect of violence on the complicated web of love that holds together parents and children, friends and lovers.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 1998
ISBN: 9780670880614
Branch Call Number: FIC Gordi 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 294 p


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Does a violent society provoke violence in nonviolent individuals? Harold and Claudia, prosperous professionals in "the new South Africa," face the awful truth that their son has committed murder -- and become helpless onlookers in the legal process.

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