A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink

By Andre Brink

On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to loss of life. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, used to be raised along the lads who might turn into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a fruits of kin tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the dwelling and the useless, a sequence of Voices is such as William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a attractive and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.

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Barefoot, all four of us. Except for Sundays or visiting days, when their tracks show the marks of shoes. ” Tracks. Tracks. Across the mountains to Tulbagh, to Worcester, some of them marked with blood. Runaway tracks. Homeward tracks. Yet none of them visible, gone in wind and rain. They’re there, but you cannot see them. No sunrise footprints these, forever marked in stone. Look at my feet. Look hard, at every mark and crack and scar and callus from toe to heel, tough, hard as horn. It’s all my wanderings through the Bokkeveld you can see here, summer and winter, and drought and frost.

In my deepest sleep he comes galloping through my dreams, from nowhere to nowhere, as wild as the wind. But he’s been set aside for Barend. Goddamit, why? What does Barend care about horses? That stallion will break his neck. “Today we’re going to break in Barend’s horse,” the Oubaas announces one morning. It’s like lightning hitting me in the stomach, and I gasp for breath. Barend’s horse? He’s mine. My grey stallion. A horse like that should be tethered to a tame one for a week; preferably he should have one on either side.

Green valleys opening up on either side below the blue ridges of the mountains. The Old Kloof. The tollgate at Roodezandskloof. From the deep valley of Waveren up the impossible mountains, through the narrow strip of the 29 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 30 ANDRÉ BRINK Rear-Witzenberg, across the Skurweberg, into these remote highlands. Home. But even home looked strange. I barely recognized the frail woman with her dark hair drawn into a tight bun, who came out to meet us. As if a strange presence had touched it all and turned it all transparent, revealing veins and secret organs and the skeleton below.

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