January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town

January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town

by Richard Stengel
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Profiles of three South Africans--a white supremacist, a black activist and an Indian shopkeeper belonging to the country's significant Asian minority--provide a cross section of a riven society. ``In his flat, careful recording of what he sees and hears, Stengel presents a powerful picture of South Africa as a prison camp, run by and for the benefit of the whites,'' reported PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The idea of portraying individuals' entire existence by tracing their activities through a single day is not original but can be effective if done right, which it is here. Stengel spotlights three South Africans: an Indian merchant, an Afrikaner veterinarian, and a black political activist, all of whom live and work with their families in the same small Transvaal town. Each remains within his own community, keenly aware of the distant proximity of other differing racial groups. Apartheid dominates daily existence, and Stengel shows how the struggle to come to terms with Pretoria's race laws is impossible in this seemingly indestructible, yet vulnerable country. An intriguing perspective that is recommended for African studies collections.-- Ian Wallace, Food Research & Development Centre Lib., St. Hyacinthe, Quebec

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671732882
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
12/15/1990
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

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