Imaginings of Sand

When expatriate Afrikaner Kristien M ller hears of her grandmother s impending death, she ends her self imposed exile in London and returns to the South Africa she thought she d escaped But irrevocable change is sweeping the land, and reality itself seems to be in flux as the country stages its first democratic elections Kristien s Ouma Kristina herself is dying becauseWhen expatriate Afrikaner Kristien M ller hears of her grandmother s impending death, she ends her self imposed exile in London and returns to the South Africa she thought she d escaped But irrevocable change is sweeping the land, and reality itself seems to be in flux as the country stages its first democratic elections Kristien s Ouma Kristina herself is dying because of the upheavals a terrorist attack on her isolated mansion has terminally injured her As Kristien keeps vigil by her grandmother s sickbed, Ouma tells Kristien stories of nine generations of women in the family, stories in which myth and reality blur, in which legend and brute fact are confused, in which magic, treachery, farce, and heroism are the stuff of the day to day Imaginings of Sand is the passionate tale of a nation discovering itself and of the women who pioneered that discovery.
Imaginings of Sand When expatriate Afrikaner Kristien M ller hears of her grandmother s impending death she ends her self imposed exile in London and returns to the South Africa she thought she d escaped But irrevocabl

  • Title: Imaginings of Sand
  • Author: André Brink
  • ISBN: 9780156006583
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Imaginings of Sand”

    1. I admit, I had trouble with it at the beginning. Firstly it is an intensely feminine story written by a man, and at the start I was annoyed by how masculine the main character, Kristien Müller, seemed to be. By masculine I mean lacking in emotional intimacy and unconcerned about the feelings of others. Sue me. As the story goes on it becomes clear that these qualities are important facets of Kristien, who returns to South Africa after a self-imposed exile to attend to her dying grandmother, the [...]

    2. I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet. He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work. Don't expect a balanced review from me. As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of white and black alike.

    3. Non riesco a entrare in questo romanzo. La parte di Ouma Kristina è anche affascinante, ma tutta la storia personale della protagonista, i suoi amori, il difficile rapporto con la sorella, esposta in un modo a mio parere anche un po' piatto e prevedibile, non riesco a digerirla. Sono arrivata a metà e mi fermo qui.

    4. So André Brink has died. I arranged a workshop with him in Stavanger in the nineites, and I dared to compare his landscape wirting to Wilbur Smith's. I shouldn't have done that. For most people Brink's most important book was Dry White Season, but for me none of them beat Imaginings of Sand. I consider it one of the five best books I've ever read. RIP, André.

    5. ( contains spoiler) An admirable effort. However Brink is not always successful in capturing a woman's voice or experience. Only men are quite so contemptuous of older women's bodies, here alternately described as faded, saggy, bulbous, elephantine. While I liked that he tried to avoid creating stereotypical mothers as madonnas, he swings the other way by describing generation after generation of horrible mothers, albeit mothers whose own sufferings led them to their behaviour. Finally, while wo [...]

    6. Premesso che l'unica conoscenza che ho della storia del Sudafrica è che zio Paperone incontra Cuoredipietra Famedoro ai tempi della Grande Marcia, questo libro colma molte lacune, in maniera romanzata, e sono grata di questo.Inizialmente è difficile stare dietro al romanzo, il narratore femminile scritto da mano maschile si abbandona a cliché, ma poi i personaggi si evolvono e anche la voce che racconta, diventa più femminile? Sono subentrati i consigli della moglie di Brink, che nella nota [...]

    7. I found myself skipping over paragraphs almost from the beginning which is never a good sign. I thought the author made far too much out of the fact that the protagonist is good looking: first the two men groping her on the airplane, then her brother-in-law hitting on her, then her own sister admiring her in the bath. 80 pages into the book, I'm still finding it difficult to relate to or enjoy the characters who have been introduced. Finally, while I thought it was ambitious to tackle themes of [...]

    8. Good. Naturally - as it is a Brink.But somehow I did not like this as much as many other novels by him. Perhaps the anti-apartheid content in his stories spoke to me better. The theme was present here also but not that strongly as in his more powerful books. I really need to read some other more recent book to verify this :-)Anyway. A good novel worth reading.

    9. Here Brink tries to be a female narrator with the bizarre idea of a woman who keeps her sanitary towels in a room after use ! It comes down to a woman looking back over her life (from herself to her grandmother and her mother and back again).

    10. Hierdie was een van die beste boeke wat ek nog in my leeftyd gelees het( indien nie die beste nie). Die storie spook werklik in my hart soos n onheilspellende, manjifieke gedierte, wat net nie sy kloue uit my hart wil trek nie. Ek sal altyd hierdie boek in my hart se kluis koester.

    11. Paras kirja lempikirjailijaltani André Brinkiltä. Sopivasti maagisuutta ja luontoyhteyttä; erilaisia suhteita; yhteiskunnallista kuvausta ja sujuvaa kerrontaa.

    12. Alltid nyttig att påminnas om vad vi människor kan åstadkomma. Boken i sig rel. lätt läst men inte en favorit bok.

    13. Powerful storytelling which tackles a lot of difficult themes without being heavy on the reader. Highly recommended!

    14. At first, this was hard to get into but I was rewarded with a profound story. This was more than the story of one woman - it was all of our stories. Kristien was changed was I

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