You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town / Edition 1

You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town / Edition 1

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by Zoe Wicomb, Carol Sicherman, Marcia Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1558612254

ISBN-13: 9781558612259

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The

You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town is among the only works of fiction to explore the experience of “Coloured” citizens in apartheid-era South Africa, whose mixed heritage traps them, as Bharati Mukherjee wrote in the New York Times, “in the racial crucible of their country." Frieda Shenton, the daughter of Coloured parents in rural South

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You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town is among the only works of fiction to explore the experience of “Coloured” citizens in apartheid-era South Africa, whose mixed heritage traps them, as Bharati Mukherjee wrote in the New York Times, “in the racial crucible of their country." Frieda Shenton, the daughter of Coloured parents in rural South Africa, is taught as a child to emulate whites: she is encouraged to learn correct English, to straighten her hair, and to do more than, as her father says, “peg out the madam’s washing.”

While still a self-conscious and overweight adolescent, Frieda is sent away from home to be among the first to integrate a prestigious Anglican high school in Cape Town, and finds herself in a city where racial lines are so strictly drawn that it is not possible to step out of one’s place.

At last, Frieda flees to England, only to return more than a decade later to a South Africa now in violent rebellion against apartheid—but still, seemingly, without a place for her. It is only as Frieda finds the courage to tell her “terrible stories” that she at last begins to create her own place in a world where she has always felt herself an exile.

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ISBN-13:
9781558612259
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Women Writing Africa Series
Edition description:
1ST FEMINI
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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In his book, Reinventing a Continent, which is a compilation of essays by Andre Brink (with an introduction by Nelson Mandela), Brink remarks that this is an excellent book. Unfortunately, I have to order it and wait since I'm in the US. I am reminded that it takes time for international books to come across to us in the States. So, I am looking forward to reading this novel by a well-praised South African writer. It's true in a way--you can't get lost in Cape Town (certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world). Table Mountain is so huge, all you need to do is orient yourself to that and the sun, and there you are!