The Bungalow: A Novel

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This haunting, beautifully composed novel brilliantly evokes the end of an era, and the small, magical spark that ignites a new beginning. For over ten years, Ruth Frank, the memorable protagonist of Home Ground, has been coming home to the world she left behind in South Africa. Home from Oxford. Home from New York. Home from her childless and passionless marriage in New York. Since leaving South Africa, Ruth has congratulated herself on leaving the best of both worlds: the "real world" of Oxford and New York and...
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This haunting, beautifully composed novel brilliantly evokes the end of an era, and the small, magical spark that ignites a new beginning. For over ten years, Ruth Frank, the memorable protagonist of Home Ground, has been coming home to the world she left behind in South Africa. Home from Oxford. Home from New York. Home from her childless and passionless marriage in New York. Since leaving South Africa, Ruth has congratulated herself on leaving the best of both worlds: the "real world" of Oxford and New York and "home" - the South Africa in which she grew up, and to which she returns regularly for visits. But now, in 1975, the world of her eccentric, theatrical Jewish parents seems only casually connected to the country it is placed in. And the "real" world that she went overseas to find is spiritually threadbare. But on this visit home Ruth finds Hugh Stillington - old-time liberal, man of Africa. At his bungalow overlooking the Indian Ocean she experiences a new South Africa - lush, wild, comfortably dilapidated, socially courageous. Intoxicated by Hugh, by his world, by the people of his world, she feels at home for the first time in her life. Gradually Ruth begins to reassess her relationship with her parents, with her conventional married sister, and with the husband she left behind in New York. Then Hugh dies, and Ruth, pregnant with his child, is left to sort through his legacy - a legacy that asks her to abandon the old constraints and subtle deceptions of an anachronistic society terrified of the future.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ruth Frank, the child-narrator of Freed's critically acclaimed Home Ground , has grown up in this appealing novel. Having married and settled in America, she returns to South Africa after her father suffers a heart attack. There, she resumes her youthful romance with Hugh Stillington, a reform-minded landowner from a prosperous family of sugar barons. Both a member of the South African diaspora with unshakeable ties to her homeland and a Jew, Ruth is an outsider belonging neither in America nor in the country of her birth. Only in Hugh's bungalow does she experience the ``keen sense of being in the right place.'' But when Hugh is murdered, leaving her pregnant, Ruth is forced to confront her sense of displacement. Ruth is a compelling heroine whose experiences shed light on white South Africa and its assumptions about race, class and belonging. And while the political turmoil of that country occasionally surfaces in a passing reference to Sharpeville or when an Indian writer is imprisoned for his views, the real story--like that of the biblical Ruth--is one of personal alienation and belonging. Though Freed's prose tends toward the heavy-handed, her main character's placelessness is powerfully rendered and profoundly felt. (Jan.)
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Ruth Frank, the heroine of Freed's acclaimed Home Ground (LJ 8/86), returns to South Africa, her marriage a failure. She meets and falls for a maverick liberal who refuses to take seriously the racist rantings and social posturings of his peers. He is murdered and she is left, pregnant, to sort out her life. From such serious stuff, Freed has fashioned a continuously absorbing, savagely mocking comedy of manners about a community of wealthy Jews in South Africa in 1975. Bearing deracinated names like Edwina and Bunny, Ruth's friends have forgotten their own vulnerability in their newfound affluence; they make fun of the blacks in the university (``One of our favourite subjects. Academic standards'') and bemoan their intrusion into white dress shops (``Loud colours, you know. Isn't it awful?''). With an unsentimental eye, Freed conveys the claustrophobic quality of life among social climbers in a profoundly racist society on the eve of troubles. A fine novel, with a strong storyline and an engaging heroine.-- David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671755874
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Lynn Freed

LYNN FREED is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of five highly praised novels and a short story collection, The Curse of the Appropriate Man. She lives in Sonoma, California.

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