The Conservationist

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Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewarsship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

Winner of the 1974 Booker Prize

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Overview

Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewarsship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

Winner of the 1974 Booker Prize

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140047165
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1983
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 311,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    An extraordinary book--both emotionally and intellectually satis

    An extraordinary book--both emotionally and intellectually satisfying.  It fully repays many readings, especially for the sophisticated
    reader.  It is beautifully constructed, beautifully allusive: the opposite of "a mess."

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Wasteland

    Like the farm enjoyed by the owner, this book is a mess.

    Trying to follow the wanderings of this character's mindset is nearly impossible. The author should be writing poetry, not a story. Even that attempt is done poorly.

    Forget about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Excellent

    This is the story of Mehring, a wealthy high class businessman and landowner from Transvaal who narrate his life throughout internal monologues, reflections and fragments of conversations with his distant son, lovers, adquaints and workers of his farm, giving us an idea of how empty and lonely his life is. Ms. Gordimer - using Mehring character - gave us a portrait of a South Africa divided by the Apartheid laws where social status in linked with the skin color and also gave us and idea of the idiosyncracy of all the characters of this story, the boers, the indians and the blacks who interact and live together but separated.

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    Posted August 7, 2011

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