My Son's Story

My Son s Story Playing truant Will slips off to a movie theatre near Johannesburg and is shocked to see his father there with a woman he doesn t know The father is a colored schoolteacher who has become a hero in t

  • Title: My Son's Story
  • Author: Nadine Gordimer
  • ISBN: 9780747507642
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Playing truant, Will slips off to a movie theatre near Johannesburg and is shocked to see his father there with a woman he doesn t know The father is a colored schoolteacher who has become a hero in the struggle against apartheid his companion is a white activist fiercely dedicated to the cause.

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    1. Will, playing truant, bumps into his father with a white woman at a movie theater. A narrative unfolds of reflections enmeshed with aggressive personal bitterness and the political upheaval of the times in South Africa. Nadine Gordimer’s 'My Son’s Story' becomes the story of the son, the father, the mother, and the father’s woman: embedded in the interplay of race, gender, politics, family, love and commitment.‘It was because of them whose pigments darkened the blood, procreated a murky [...]

    2. The transition in South Africa, a long segregationist regime of oppression to a multiracial democracy, there was surprisingly peaceful and negotiated manner. Thanks to the example of Nelson Mandela, who was released after 27 years in prison, and the moral conduct of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as a bulwark of a new form of justice, the country did not disintegrate in new power struggles.Written with skill, although it should be said that some steps are not entirely successful, certainly leaves the [...]

    3. Another wonderful book by Gordimer, I thought this was a seamlessly written gem. Again Gordimer tells a riveting story, creates fully drawn characters, brilliantly uses interior monologue and descriptive writing, and at the same time inserts the insideousness of racism and the scars of apartheid between every line.Readers feel what it was like for blacks living in racist South Africa, and also an insightful look at the evolution of a marriage, a love affair, a father-son relationship and a young [...]

    4. There is wisdom in this book, per usual for Gordimer. She understands family and revolution. But I tired of Will's ferocity towards his cheating father, and the father's fierce attachment to his lover. Maybe another time.

    5. First off, I*need* to state this: I am so happy to have had the good fortune to pick up this book. For those of my friends who have heard of Blossoms bookshop, this is yet another reason why it’s just SO awesome! :)Second, please do not read the section between the ***spoiler*** marks unless: a) You’ve already read this book (or)b) You’re not planning to read this bookNow, about the book itself, what struck me the most is the sheer *intelligence* of the writer. Nadine Gordimer knows how to [...]

    6. My Son's Story is a tough read. The prose is gritty, but it is not evocative naturally; it instead engages the reader to look for a connection. With each paragraph, there is a feeling of discomfort. The effort that goes to create and depict a unity between aspirations (self) of equality (of freedom) and context (other) of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa is distinctive. The movement itself is not the highlight of the story. It is more a story of a transition from the innocence of adol [...]

    7. My dear friend Carrie lent me this book, which made me both elated (I love getting book recommendations!) and nervous (what if I didn't like it). My fears were totally groundless though - the book is awesome. I had only heard of Gordimer in the context of a long New York Review of Books article about South African writers, which as is sometimes the case with the NYRB, made me feel like I knew everything about her, and didn't need to actually read her work. Big mistake! (And worse, probably means [...]

    8. Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: books-n-music/201. Okay, finally done! I get it. I get the nuances, etc of this narrative. However, Gordimer's writing style did not endear her to me as an author. However, with that said, I would like to read her Booker prize-winning novel, The Conservationist. This woman was awarded the Nobel in 1991. A white woman, she fought Apartheid, was raised and lived her life in South Africa, so I feel she is genuinely steeped in the culture and able to accurately re [...]

    9. A young, black South African, who is playing hookey at a local cinema, runs into his father, a former school teacher and now an anti-apartheid political activist, in the company of a blond woman who is obviously his lover. Thus begins a tale, told primarily by the son, of complex political and familial entanglements. Gordimer is an astute observer of the way lives, complicated enough already, become even more so in a treacherous and ever-shifting political landscape like that which existed in he [...]

    10. 'Bu dokuz genç yoldaşımızı geçen hafta vurup öldürenler için, bu ölümler gerçekten anlamsızdır. Bunlar anlamsız ölümlerdir; çünkü kaç insanımız öldürülürse öldürülsün, insanlarımızın ezilmesi sonsuza dek sürüp gitmeyecektir. Bize karşı girişilecek hiçbir şiddet hareketi, BARIŞ ve ADALET mücadelesini vurup öldürmeyecektir' - Sonny Tam da memleketimin tecrübe ettiği barışın ve adaletin öldürülme cabaları sürecinde çok daha anlam taşıyan bir [...]

    11. 'If he was responsible to the struggle, then the struggle was responsible for him', September 15, 2014This review is from: My Son's Story: A Novel (Paperback).The story revolves around a 'coloured' family living under apartheid. To begin with, an ideal nuclear family: father a teacher, a beautiful mother and two children. When the father accedes to his students' wishes that he accompany them on a protest march, he is sacked, and devotes himself full time to the cause. And on the way falls in lov [...]

    12. Gotta pick back up my current Gordimer in honor of her BFF, Mandela+++The coloured epic we've all been waiting for

    13. The choice of punctuation hobbles what could be beautifully flowing. On every page, sometimes every line I wondered what fucking editor thought, yeah, that's 👌. "But the content, the content!" I know. Its strength makes the read-through that much more baffling.

    14. Wow, wow, wow. Everytime I read something by Gordimer, I remember what a great (not an overstatement) write she is - she understands humanity.

    15. My Son’s Story is a slim but dense novel; I did not find it an easy or a compelling read but after reflection I really appreciate this story. My Son’s Story was written in 1990, as apartheid was coming to an end. The story is set around Johannesburg in South Africa, just before this period in time (I would guess the 1980’s, I do not believe the year is mentioned), and tells the story of a Sonny, a former school teacher turned political activist, his dutiful wife Aila, Baby, their daughter [...]

    16. I read that Nadine Gordimer had died, a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. I had never read her books and knew I was amiss. My Son's Story, the first of many books by Nadine Gordimer I will read is brilliant. Her use of language is truly beautiful; I had to pause after reading paragraph after paragraph to think about what Nadine's beautiful language meant. My Son's Story is a double story that connects with each other. It begins with a father, who lives in South Africa, a teacher turned into a po [...]

    17. I read this book on a volunteer stay in South Africa. It gave me a much deeper understanding of issues and pain around apartheid. The characterization is subtle, the prose hefty and authoritative. What interested me especially was how the main characters--all "colored" (i.e. issue of slaves brought to Africa from the Far East long ago) viewed the "blacks." Here's a quote, long but good:"The blacks appeared in the community hawking tomatoes and onions, putting up a fence, digging a trench, even h [...]

    18. Sinceramente leggere questo libro non era in programma, considerando che non è neanche nella mia wish list, ma penso che mi abbia chiamato e come tutte le cose inaspettate, è stato un bel dono leggerlo. "Storia di mio figlio" è una storia di passioni, emozioni forti e di lotta politica. E' una storia di un uomo, Sonnny, un insegnante che si è sempre battuto per "quelli come lui", ovvero la popolazione nera,ma anche un ex detenuto imprigionato per "crimini politici" diviso dall'amore per due [...]

    19. In my writing class one of our assignments was to describe good writing. I believe in this book I can definitely say I found good writing, whatever it is. The text was sometimes difficult to grasp and required repeat readings but many passages were beautiful to read. The story, another one of the books I'm reading this year on the topic of Africa, concerns an South African teacher who became an activist in the anti-apartheid movement, and in the process, began an affair with a white woman. The n [...]

    20. Story about a well to do family in South Africa. The father is a very respected, well known teacher. He usually stays out of all that is going on, but one day he decides to walk with his students to a happening - students against police. He says he can at least keep rocks out of their hands. One student however starts a fire & he is now always being watched in the way they watch political dissenters. He is fired from teaching job & becomes very political, an orator at meetings and a lead [...]

    21. My Son's Story is exactly what you would expect from a Nobel Prize winner. This was my first Gordimer book and it was not an easy read, but it certainly was a compelling and enriching experience, although I have read it about two decades after the events depicted in it.It is a highly political novel written in the context of the struggle for freedom in South Africa during the last years of the Apartheid and the narrative circles around a distinctive black voice.It also makes use of two broader t [...]

    22. My Son's Story is an extraordinary achievement, a tale of presumably a "Cape Colored" family in apartheid era South Africa. The husband/father, a school teacher, stumbles into the liberation movement, eventually doing jail time. That experience transforms the family relationships with a series of complications. Others also become involved, and--given the requirements of underground involvement--have secrets from each other. Ultimately, the movement advances, Sonny, the protagonist, enters realms [...]

    23. Nadine Gordimer always delights me--her writing is so beautiful and unique and evocative. The subject matter is heavy, and I know a lot less about politics in South Africa and Apartheid than I wish I did, so I've enjoyed gaining insight as I work my way through her books.My Son's Story is a really interesting story about a boy coping with his activist father's affair with a white woman. The story shifts points of view and captures both the internal struggles of the family portrayed and the broad [...]

    24. Un buon romanzo davvero questa Storia di mio figlio, di Nadine Gordimer, da leggersi lentamente, soffermandosi sulle parole e sugli stati d’animo.Sullo sfondo delle lotte contro l’apartheid, si sviluppa e dipana la storia di una famiglia al cui interno, poco a poco, i rapporti mutano, vengono inaspettatamente riconsiderati e prendono strade impreviste, cogliendo di sorpresa persino i suoi stessi membri.Scritto con maestria, sebbene vada detto che alcuni passaggi non sono del tutto riusciti, [...]

    25. The writing is crisp, coherent. Too often I find myself cringing inwardly at strange phrases, cliches, awful dialogue, but Gordimer has yet to do that for me. It seems sad to give such an off-hand compliment in this way; at the same time, I cannot say the writing was dazzling or gorgeous. Competent. Good.For a story that is about political upheaval, it is remarkably quiet--it's less about public unrest and more about how that invades the private unrest of one family. We see the story through a s [...]

    26. It's been a while since I've read a Gordimer book, and I think this 1990 novel is one of her best. A wonderfully engaging, sad, funny, perceptive story of an African middle class family during the times of increasing African resistance to the apartheid regime, told alternately from the perspectives of father and son--but the mother and daughter are key figures, too. Along with the "political" story is a moving story of family relationships and growing up to understand the complexities of what at [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this. It was very dense, which sometimes made it hard to follow, but the density really allowed her to pack in ideas. Every sentence had layer upon layer of meaning to it. I almost hate to forward my interpretation, because I'm positive anyone could read it and come out with a different idea (I'm going to anyway though). I was really struck by the intersection of the personal and political in this book. How they interpret the politics of their day through the lens of their perso [...]

    28. Beklediğimin çok altında kaldı bu kitap aslında. Daha duygu yüklü, akışkan ve edebi bir anlatım düşlemiştim, olmadı. Ne aşk aşk gibiydi ne de olaylar bir konuyu anlatıyor gibi "aşk" ın nefsle bütünleştirilmesi beni hep itmiştir çünkü bunun aşk olduğunu düşünmüyorum kesinlikle. "Oysa, sözcükler de birer taştır" "Erkeğe savaş-yiğit öyküler, kızlara romantik resimli öyküler"Nadine Gordimer in bu kitapta kadın konusunu işlediği düşünülüyor ancak sa [...]

    29. My Son's Story was all around a fun read. Nadine Gordimer being the amazing writer that she is really had me picturing the events that the characters were going through. I also loved how she related the whole book to the importance of family, but also tied in the apartheid. Nadine Gordimer can always make the hard times in South Africa really stand out, but also have real life problems involved. I could really picture the events that Will and Sonny both had to encounter. If anyone is trying to f [...]

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