Child of the River

Child of the River

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"Persomi's dreams are much bigger than the world of poverty and deprivation that surround her in the Bushveld of the 1940s and 1950s in South Africa. Persomi is young, white and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm. Persomi's world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her. Her older brother, Gerbrand, is her lifeline and her connection to the outside world. When he leaves the farm to seek work in Johannesburg, Persomi's isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her--dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her--the tragedies of WWII and the devastating racial strife of her homeland--she finally discovers who she truly is and where she belongs. A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Persomi's English language publication solidifies Irma Joubert's important place in the canon of inspirational historical fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, Thomas Nelson,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780718083106
Branch Call Number: FIC Joube 3565
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Silke, Elsa


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Dec 06, 2018

I enjoy coming of age stories and have also enjoyed several historical fiction books set in Africa. This had both so it was a win-win for me. Set in the South African Bushveld during the 1940’s thru the 1960’s, It follows Persomi from a poor child of sharecroppers to adulthood. The are three main storylines: Persomi’s poor upbringing, her bittersweet romantic life, and her fight against Apartheid laws when they affect the local Indian townspeople. I really liked the character of Persomi who was strong enough to overcome her circumstances and make something of herself. Some of the legalese towards the end was a little slow but overall a big thumbs up for this book. Looking forward to The Crooked Path which follows the life of another character from this book.

May 22, 2017

Interesting look at South Africa at the beginning of apartheid. Written in form of a historical romance novel, so light.

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