The Conservationist

The Conservationist

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by Nadine Gordimer
     
 

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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 stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

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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 stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

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From the Publisher
"A triumph of stle … It is not often that lyrical intelligence and political pupose are combined in so effective a way."
—Paul Theroux

"Gordimer has written what must be considered her masterpiece. The beauty and largeness of this land she loves is drawn with a breadth and scope that is breathtaking."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This is a novel of enormous power."
—The New Statesman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140047165
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1983
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
424,244
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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The Conservationist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.