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As startling and powerful as when first published than two decades ago André Brink's classic novel A Dry White Season is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance the human condition and the heavy price of moralityBen Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johann. This is probably Brink s most deservedly famous book and I have been wanting to read since reading Rumours Of Rain last year It is an impassioned and often brutal account of what happens when an ordinary man uestions an authoritarian state in this case the apartheid South Africa of the 70sBen Du Toit is an ordinary Afrikaner school history teacher He becomes involved when the first son of his school s caretaker a boy who has worked for Ben s family dies while being held by the security police The caretaker Gordon Ngubene is unable to accept the official explanation and involves Ben in his investigations Gordon is arrested and also dies in custody and the police claim that he hanged himselfThe book follows Ben s dogged pursuit of the truth and how the apparatus of the state frustrates it ultimately murderously and the way this affects Ben s friends and families There is a framing device of a prologue and epilogue which introduce the ghost writer an old college friend and writer of cheap romantic fiction with whom Ben has entrusted the notes he has kept hiddenBrink is very strong on the mechanisms and compromises that make ordinary people complicit with the excesses of the state but like his hero Ben he never entirely loses hope that the uestioning will eventually bring change and in the light of what happened over the next decade in South Africa this seems very prescient Whispers of Feathers powerful as when first Entrepreneurial Vernacular price of moralityBen Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johann. This is Advanced C Programming by Example probably Brink s most deservedly famous book and I have been wanting to read since reading Rumours Of Rain last year It is an impassioned and often brutal account of what happens when an ordinary man uestions an authoritarian state in this case the apartheid South Africa of the 70sBen Du Toit is an ordinary Afrikaner school history teacher He becomes involved when the first son of his school s caretaker a boy who has worked for Ben s family dies while being held by the security Poslije svega (After, police The caretaker Gordon Ngubene is unable to accept the official explanation and involves Ben in his investigations Gordon is arrested and also dies in custody and the Die Herrenschneiderei police claim that he hanged himselfThe book follows Ben s dogged Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone prescient

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S and desperate to believe that the man's death was a tragic accident Du Toit undertakes an investigation into the terrible affair a uest for the truth that will have devastating conseuences for the teacher and his family as it draws him into a lethal morass of lies corruption and murder. It has long been my habit to start a book by looking at the cover giving than a glance at the copyright page skimming the acknowledgements and scanning the table of contents before beginning the actual book Surprisingly the copyright page occasionally offers something I might not find elsewhere This book offered than the usual fiction disclaimer Nothing in this novel has been invented and the climate history and circumstances from which it arises are those of South Africa today But separate events and people have been recast in the context of a novel in which they exist as fiction only It is not the surface reality that is important but the patterns and relationships underneath that surface Therefore all resemblance between the characters and incidents in this book and people and situations outside is strictly coincidentalFirst published in 1979 this is a story of Apartheid in South Africa How can one not have known of the systematic racial discrimination of the time We outsiders knew it was wrong but did we actually realize its full extent No I did not see the movie made from this bookThe novel begins with a foreword by a fictional author At least I thought it was fictional but perhaps it was in fact Andr Brink inserting himself into the novel He tells how he knew Ben du Toit in school had not seen him for many years and then was contacted by du Toit He says after du Toit was killed in a hit and run accident at 11pm at night The author is in receipt of du Toit s papers notes diaries There is also a short epilogue where the fictional authorBrink says he wrote the novel so no one could say he didn t knowThe story itself begins at approximately the time of the Soweto uprising A young man in whom du Toit had taken a special interest was involved Jonathan Ngubene goes missing and though uestions are asked of the Special Branch they say they know nothing Then rumors begin to surface I don t see how it is possible for any reader to lay this asideThis is a compelling story especially due to the copyright disclaimer Nothing in this novel has been invented It is made compelling by the way Brink tells it his writing Normally I would bristle at sentence fragments There are only two or three instances where Brink inserts them into the prose and I chose to think of them as impressionism in the same way a painter does Constables loitering on the pavement with deliberate idleness Cypresses and aloes A hospital atmosphere inside Stern corridors open doors revealing men writing at desks in small offices shut doors blank wallsMost of this is written in third person limited from the point of view of Ben du Toit But there was one place where Brink switches to second person It is very uiet in the office There are steel bars in front of the window It hits you in the solar plexus Suddenly you realise that the friendly chap with the curly hair and the safari suit hasn t turned a page in his magazine since you arrived And you start wondering your neck itching about the thin man in the checkered jacket behind your backFinally Brink presents some diary or journal entries written by du Toit These of course are in the first person In another author s hands these changes would be annoying but here it is done masterfully I could not have been aligned with du Toit even though the narrator was male rather than femaleIt is possible this is the best of Brink but a GR member from South Africa has pointed me to others I look forward to those titles and perhaps others by this author I may give 5 star ratings freely than many and this certainly belongs on my 5 star read shelf I think it also belongs on my top 10 reads of all time The Shadow People page skimming the acknowledgements and scanning the table of contents before beginning the actual book Surprisingly the copyright Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels patterns and relationships underneath that surface Therefore all resemblance between the characters and incidents in this book and The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook people and situations outside is strictly coincidentalFirst Vietnam Perkasie published in 1979 this is a story of Apartheid in South Africa How can one not have known of the systematic racial discrimination of the time We outsiders knew it was wrong but did we actually realize its full extent No I did not see the movie made from this bookThe novel begins with a foreword by a fictional author At least I thought it was fictional but Losing Strength and Dexterity papers notes diaries There is also a short epilogue where the fictional authorBrink says he wrote the novel so no one could say he didn t knowThe story itself begins at approximately the time of the Soweto uprising A young man in whom du Toit had taken a special interest was involved Jonathan Ngubene goes missing and though uestions are asked of the Special Branch they say they know nothing Then rumors begin to surface I don t see how it is Afghanistan possible for any reader to lay this asideThis is a compelling story especially due to the copyright disclaimer Nothing in this novel has been invented It is made compelling by the way Brink tells it his writing Normally I would bristle at sentence fragments There are only two or three instances where Brink inserts them into the The Black Sheeps Secret Child prose and I chose to think of them as impressionism in the same way a The Billionaires Desire painter does Constables loitering on the After the Flood pavement with deliberate idleness Cypresses and aloes A hospital atmosphere inside Stern corridors open doors revealing men writing at desks in small offices shut doors blank wallsMost of this is written in third Trust in Tomorrow person limited from the After the Flood place where Brink switches to second Bronxwood person It is very uiet in the office There are steel bars in front of the window It hits you in the solar NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 plexus Suddenly you realise that the friendly chap with the curly hair and the safari suit hasn t turned a Acquiring the Mind of Christ page in his magazine since you arrived And you start wondering your neck itching about the thin man in the checkered jacket behind your backFinally Brink The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster presents some diary or journal entries written by du Toit These of course are in the first The Purple Headed Mountain pointed me to others I look forward to those titles and Stone Circles of Britain perhaps others by this author I may give 5 star ratings freely than many and this certainly belongs on my 5 star read shelf I think it also belongs on my top 10 reads of all time

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Esburg in a dark time of intolerance and state sanctioned apartheid A simple apolitical man he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies until the sudden arrest and subseuent suicide of a black janitor from Du Toit's school Haunted by new uestion. I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was published 1979 I was ten a 5th grader in an isolated rural western Washington town Perhaps it wasn t a coincidence for A Dry White Season was a bestseller upon publication in the United States but I recall our class watching a cartoon film of black African children each drawn with tight black curls and toasted almond skin holding hands and singing as they paraded through streets made of simple gray lines The words they sang never left me We are marching to Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Hooorah Of course it would be years decades before the irony of those lyrics hit me What that film was why it was shown in our classroom why we learned the lyrics to British military marching song or a Boer independence marching song or an American Civil War marching song for all are claimed as the song s origins are mysteries never to be solved I can only assume my teacher hopped on the same bus as The Weavers who sang the song for years without bothering to learn what it was about and once they did turned it into a protest song But of course it s easy to protest another country s political tyranny with folk songs from thousands of miles distant when it isn t your life on the edge when you don t risk family job property or your life to stand up and do the right thing For Ben Du Toit a white schoolteacher in Johannesburg doing the right thing never occurred to him until suddenly it became the reason for his existence As this story unfolds in the late 1970s apartheid is the accepted way of life Blacks are segregated in township ghettos a condition Afrikaners and other white South Africans treat with reactions ranging from mild concern to dogmatic approval But nearly all are oblivious to the effect racial segregation injustice and abuse has on the human beings who clean their homes tend their gardens and who are disappeared by the authorities for crimes real and mostly imagined It isn t until Gordon a janitor at Ben s school pleads for his help in locating Gordon s missing son that Ben wakes up to the reality around him Ben follows protocol solicits an attorney and restricts himself to the usual channels of inuiry At least in the beginning When Gordon is detained by the police Ben is drawn into a much darker drama beyond the borders of his reasonable tidy life This is a political story Ben remains something of a cipher a mild mannered oddly passive husband father teacher who is motivated not so much by affection or concern for Gordon and his family but by a blossoming sense of social justice In that this is not so much the story of a man but of a nation of men It is no surprise that A Dry White Season was banned in South Africa soon after its publication there for it is a strident call to action by a white man to his fellow white citizens It is an appeal to resist defy expose even when fighting back seems futile agains the might of a wealthy armed regime It is the shedding of ignorance innocence passivity It is a story of betrayals and loss of courage There are some awkward stylistic choices insertions of Ben s diary that seem to want to lend humanity and color to an otherwise monochromatic personality but the prose is refined and confident and careful I suirmed a few times at the drifting of Ben s narrative toward the White Savior but I wonder how much of that is my own baggage and an armchair reflection of this history nearly forty years later I am so glad to have read this book a classic indictment of apartheid that has not lost its power or relevance in a time when race dominates our national conversation and international imperatives

  • Paperback
  • 316
  • 'n Droë Wit Seisoen
  • André Brink
  • English
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780061138638

About the Author: André Brink

André Philippus Brink was a South African novelist He wrote in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape TownIn the 1960s he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers The Sixty ers These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid go



10 thoughts on “'n Droë Wit Seisoen

  1. says:

    It is ironic that while reading this account of defying prejudice I found myself prejudging the entire book based on the r

  2. says:

    This is probably Brink's most deservedly famous book and I have been wanting to read since reading Rumours Of Rain last year It is an impassioned and often brutal account of what happens when an ordinary man uestions an authoritarian state in this case the apartheid South Africa of the 70sBen Du Toit is an ordinary Afrikaner school history teacher He becomes involved when the first son of his school's caretaker a boy

  3. says:

    There's a trope in African American literary works set in the Jim Crow era namely you should have if you're black a white pr

  4. says:

    I'm not going to dissect the story

  5. says:

    Sometimes I love that I live under a rock Because then I read things like this book only to find out a movie was made of it starring Donald Sut

  6. says:

    I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was published 1979 I was ten a 5th grader in an isolated rural western Washington town Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence for A Dry White Season was a bestseller upon publication in the United States but I recall our clas

  7. says:

    The Philippines also had its dry white season A long dry white season almost 14 years from the time the then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972 up to the time he was deposed in a People Power revolution in 1986i

  8. says:

    I appreciated this book a lot when I read it for a writing course in college The second time around almost seven years later I found it to be sometimes tiresome and often predictable I have a terrible memory by the way so it's being predictable is the not the result of my ability to remember what was going to happen Written during

  9. says:

    It has long been my habit to start a book by looking at the cover giving than a glance at the copyright page skim

  10. says:

    Ben du Toit it is me it is you Ben teaches the historyHis life is well organised between the school the church and his family He has nothing of a revolutionary he is an average Afrikaner And then his life is going to disrupt The son of his gardener an intelligent boy was arrested during a protest march He dies in prison H

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