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Posted June 1, 2001
Extremely Compelling...an outstanding piece of Literature
Andre Brink portrays the struggles of Ben du Toit, a teacher at one of Johannesburg's elite white-only schools with stunning realism. Not fully aware of the horrors of the Apartheid system, Ben becomes actively involved in the quest for justice when his servant's son, and then his servant himself, are mysteriously killed. The government slowly takes everything Ben has: his honor, his feeling of security, eventually his family and his wife. But we see the true horrors of the Apartheid regime exposed when a police lieutenant, frustrated that despite his attempt to blackmail him, Ben du Toit is still determined to continue his investigation, kills Ben in a hit-and-run accident. The book is extremely compelling and is more informative than reading 10 thick history books on the subject of Apartheid.
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