The World Beneath

1970s South Africa Eleven year old Joshua lives with his mother, who works as a maid for the Malherbes in a white middle class area in Cape Town We see this enclosed world through Joshua s eyes as we share his longing for his family and his past life in the rural Ciskei When a boy enters the garden one night, Joshua offers him refuge The stranger turns out to be a free1970s South Africa Eleven year old Joshua lives with his mother, who works as a maid for the Malherbes in a white middle class area in Cape Town We see this enclosed world through Joshua s eyes as we share his longing for his family and his past life in the rural Ciskei When a boy enters the garden one night, Joshua offers him refuge The stranger turns out to be a freedom fighter on the run As riots sweep the country Joshua becomes and aware of the political situation around him and is determined to help bring about change for himself, his family and ultimately his country.
The World Beneath s South Africa Eleven year old Joshua lives with his mother who works as a maid for the Malherbes in a white middle class area in Cape Town We see this enclosed world through Joshua s eyes as we

  • Title: The World Beneath
  • Author: Janice Warman
  • ISBN: 9781406337167
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. E ARC from NetgalleyJoshua is growing up in South Africa in the 1970s. His mother works for the Malherbe's, who are wealthy but rather dysfunctional. Because Joshua had tuberculosis as a child, he is not living with his grandparents in their rural village as his siblings are, but lives with his mother and helps in the yard and with jobs around the house. Slowly, Joshua starts to realize, after conversations with friends and family, that the way of life that he has always known is unfair, and tha [...]

    2. I received this book from .Is it sad to say that I have little to no knowledge about the subject matter in this book? Sure, I knew about it but I didn't put any extended thought on it or bother to study it in depth.Despite feeling guilty for my ignorance I loved this book. It is thought provoking and honest. Kids need to understand that not everyone had Human Rights while growing up. Some had to fight for it. Reading about the injustice and struggle made my heart squeeze from the unnecessary cru [...]

    3. World Beneath is a difficult read. It's set in apartheid era South Africa and really is the story of one boy who is caught up in things and what it does to his life. This is an important book, as it really highlights the horrors of what apartheid and Jim Crow (in the US) laws did to peoplebut it is not an easy or a comfortable book. Highly recommended.

    4. When I plan to review a book, I read little about it before I begin my own reading because I don’t want to bias my evaluation. In the case of The World Beneath by Janice Warman, this restriction was a disadvantage. In the author’s note at the end she writes, “I grew up as a privileged white child surrounded by poverty and deprivation in a world we did not see.” That world was South Africa in 1976 which becomes the setting for her book. She draws on her own experience to give us the story [...]

    5. This novel was thin and was a fast read. I picked it up on a whim as the cover had been calling to me for weeks. There was something about the covers design and colors that attracted my attention. I wish I could give this novel glowing reviews since it has perked my attention for so long but unfortunately I thought the novel was just touching on the surface of a much deeper issue. I also was craving more information about the characters and their lives, why couldn’t the author elaborate more? [...]

    6. As a young black boy living in South Africa during the 1970’s, Joshua’s normal is to keep his head down and stay out of the way while his mother keeps house for a wealthy white family. As time passes, Joshua begins to view his world with new eyes as the inequality and brutality of apartheid more and more apparent. While little historical background of apartheid or the struggle to overcome it is provided, this title is a perfect introduction and discussion starter to the the topic. Pair this [...]

    7. The World BeneathA Novelby Janice WarmanCandlewick PressCandlewickChildren's FictionPub Date 24 May 2016He dreamt his older brother Sippho was hurt. His older brother who was away in Johansberg trying to earn money to help his family. His Mother assures him it's only a dream. Joshua's Mother works as a maid for a white family but the family does not wish to have him around which has him worried after their little daughter takes a liking to him and wants to play. Soon though Joshua must escape an [...]

    8. Joshua lives in the unjust world of apartheid. He lives as a hidden son of a housemaid--a woman who is supposed to serve and not have a life of her own--in a home with one abusive husband and one indulgent but fearful wife. When a fugitive needs help, Joshua, his mother, and eventually the household provide protection while slowly becoming embroiled in the dangerous uprising. The first part of the book uses clear storytelling and sets the events carefully in their places. The second portion, how [...]

    9. The World Beneath begins in 1976 in South Africa during apartheid. Joshua is battling back from tuberculosis which has led to his mother bringing him to Johannesburg where she works as a maid for a white family. These are long days for Joshua who has to carefully watch for the return of the husband who does not want Joshua in the house. One day, on an errand for the wife, Joshua encounters the police who are searching for a man. As he makes his way home, Joshua finds the man and takes him back h [...]

    10. A thought-provoking novel set during the apartheid era. A powerful story that will surely achieve what the author hopes for: making the younger generation aware of what happened, not letting all the injustices be forgotten, the brutality with which both sides fought, as well as remembering the many brave people who were willing to risk their lives to free South Africa from apartheid. While I found the story in the end wrapped up a bit too fast for my liking, overall I appreciated the varying pac [...]

    11. Wow. I wasn't expecting help to come from so many directions. I didn't expect Joshua to tell his mother, and I didn't expect his mother to allow it. I didn't expect him to tell the gardner, and I'm still surprised he didn't tell. I didn't expect Robert to find out, and didn't expect him to be fine with it, nor let his mother in on it who also agreed to it. I didn't expect Mr Malherbe to murder his wife for speaking sharply. I didn't expect he'd do it at all, but I guess he didn't think about it [...]

    12. A very evocative story of a young boy growing up in South Africa around the peak of the anti-apartheid era. All the details ring true to that time of uncertainty and fear. The domestic violence neatly contrasted with the societal violence. Some ambiguity in the portrayal of the white characters who are perhaps given more credit than what may have been plausible even in more liberal Cape Town. Well worth reading.

    13. The story of Joshua, a young black boy, and his coming of age with the rise of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. This book is too short to go very deep into the history of South Africa or with characterization of Joshua or the other characters (black and white) in the book . At just over 150 pages, this story told in short chapters would make a good read aloud and a good introduction to the history of South Africa and the fight to end apartheid.

    14. A short novel that looks at the racial inequality in South Africa in 1976 through the eyes of a boy. Joshua finds himself discovering the truth about the world in which he lives as he tries to make sense of what is happening. He has a likable innocence, but the book seems to lack substance. There are a lot of issues to flesh out which could be done through a novel study, but the story is a bit slow.

    15. The first part of this book beautifully and heart-breakingly shows what it was like to grow up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Warman’s writing is really sparse, but in a good way, so that the pictures she paints of Joshua and his surroundings are achingly clear. Unfortunately, the last portion of the books feels like an unedited add on - the pace gets out of whack and Joshua’s journey becomes confusing. Still most definitely worth a read.

    16. Joshua and his mom lived in South Africa while his mom worked for the Malherbe. All of Joshua's siblings live with his grandparents and he couldn't because he had TB as a child. Later as Joshua grows up he notices that white Africans have more opportunities than black Africans and he thinks its unfair to him and his mom

    17. The author writes in her note that she read the manuscript to her 7 and 9-year-old which surprises me. This doesn't seem like a book for young people to me.

    18. A really quick read with an important message to share with the world. I would have liked a bit more depth to the story to draw me in a bit more to make me enjoy it more fully.

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