Mating

Mating

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by Norman Rush
     
 

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Set in the African republic of Botswana—the locale of his acclaimed short story collection, Whites—Norman Rush's novel simultaneously explores the highest of intellectual high grounds and the most tortuous ravines of the erotic. tackles the geopolitics of poverty and the mystery of what men and women really want. See more details below

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Set in the African republic of Botswana—the locale of his acclaimed short story collection, Whites—Norman Rush's novel simultaneously explores the highest of intellectual high grounds and the most tortuous ravines of the erotic. tackles the geopolitics of poverty and the mystery of what men and women really want.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune Books
A complex and moving love story...breathtaking in its cunningly intertwined intellectual sweep and brio.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers of this National Book Award-winning novel will be captivated by Rush's narrator, a self-absorbed feminist anthropologist who pursues a famous social scientist in the Kalahari desert.
Library Journal
As in Whites, Rush's first collection of stories, this novel juxtaposes the relationship of two white Americans in Botswana against village life in that country. A woman anthropologist narrates her pursuit of and life with Nelson Denoon, a utopian socialist who set up an experimental matriarchal culture among poor African women in a remote area. Having met Denoon at a party, the anthropologist undertakes a dangerous trek alone through the Kalahari to Tsau, the site. After she gains the acceptance of the women, she is permitted to join Denoon, and their love story develops, interspersed with incidents in the village. Though there is plenty of action and interaction among the characters, this is largely a novel of ideas and anthropological information. The humor is at a sophisticated level, as is the vocabulary. -- Ann Sapp, Montgomery County Deptartment of Public Libraries, Maryland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099207917
Publisher:
Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
Publication date:
08/28/1993

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