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General Reading on South Africa

Unread postby rusky » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:08 am

Mods please move this if recommended reading only refers to Wildlife

After our KNP trip I am keen to understand and learn about all things South African. I have enjoyed books in the past like
'The Power of one" Bryce Courtney and the Courteney series by Wilbur Smith

I have reserved Mandelas "Long walk to freedom' at my local library

I would like to hear forumites express what would be the ONE book they would recommend (that is South Africa related) and a brief description of the book and why.

As an example the ONE book I would reccommend to people interested in India would be
SHANTARAM by Greg Roberts.
This is a NOVEL based on actual events in the authors life (so its inbetween fiction and non-fiction)- A convicted Aussie criminal who escaped from a Melbourne prison and then lived 10 years in India (mainly in Bombay/Mumbai). It is an amazing story of a persons persistence and ability to come through some of lifes toughest chalenges and it is a great insight into India and its people. This book came into my life at a turning point and it inspired me to think differently and ....dream!
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General reading on South africa

Unread postby Suzz » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:41 am

:D Hi Rusky,
It's nice to hear that people from other countries is interested in our country. And although South Africa is nown for it political history and background I'm going to recommend Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy Fitz Patrick, which has got nothing to do with politics. It's a beautiful true story about Jock, a staffi dog, and his life in what is today known as Kruger National Park and other parts of Mpumalanga. Really a great story, I have the book myself, as I received it as a present when I was still a child. You might have seen all the Jock plaques in KNP when you were here, there's even a private lodge inside KNP named after him. Very nice story. :D
Planning our next trip...

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Unread postby rusky » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:22 am

Thanks Suzz. I'm moving it to the top of the list.

Everything about SAf fascinates me. It is a country at a very important crossraod in time - as pretty much the whole of Africa (and the world) is (are) looking on and have fingers crossed for you as you lead the way in reconciliation.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:48 am

Hi Rusky, I do hope the mods don't move this, as I think that it's a lovely thread.

I always think of South Africa as a country with many histories. People's subjective experience of life has always fascinated me and because there are so many very different experiences, a few books come to mind.
A book I greatly enjoyed is, "Isobella's Journey", by Elsa Joubert. It gives a deep insight into what it was like, growing up as a South African through many generations.
It is beautifuly written.
Anyone who reads the book will get an understanding of politics, but it is not a political book.
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Unread postby saraf » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:10 pm

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Gavin Bell is a good read. Bell is a BBC foreign correspondent but this is a book of his private (as opposed to work) travels around South Africa in 2000-01. A bit dated but most of his observations are still valid, if maybe a tad controversial.

Long Walk To Freedom is a must read for everyone.

Also if you can get hold of an internet radio SABC used to have a news/talk station with interesting articles but I can't remember the name of it.
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Unread postby rusky » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:39 am

Thanks MM and saraf.
Went to the library yesterday and picked up Andre Brinks' Praying Mantis. Unfortunately the lib does not have the 2 books recommended by Suzz and MM. But in Oz we have a wonderful system with public libraries. If they don't have a book that you want to read, you recommend this to the said libraray and put yourself first on the waiting list and voila! A few weeks later the book arrives and is yours to read. :D

Saraf, SO and I read the Kruger chapter in SOTR b4 our trip in June 08. In fact the joke I used in my TR is from this book!

This reminds me of an amusing story I read about South Africa

GOD and St. Peter are discussing the creation of South Africa.
The BIG G: Pete my man, I am going to create heaven on earth. A land with beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise blue warm waters, mountains that rise out of nothing and touch the sky, plateaus that stretch for miles. I will fill this place with a magnificence of flora and fauna and in abundant supply. This land will be my ‘ Garden of Eden’.

Pete: That is truly wonderful my Lord. But if you will allow this humble servant of yours to speak his mind.

God nods

Pete: Thank you master. Do you think this be fair? How will the other nations feel? Is this not being too generous to the one land and its people, my Lord? Will they not be the envy of all the peoples of the earth?

God: Ah! Peter! Just wait till you see the government I give them.
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:52 am

I enjoyed Credo Mutwa's, (the world famous Zulu sangoma) books 'Zulu Shaman' and 'African Folklore'

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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:10 pm

Hi there. This thread is OK, you can continue.

We would not like to have too many non nature and non travel related threads though. So lets keep all the "other" stuff, that is S.A. related, to this one thread.

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Unread postby Pjw » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:26 pm

Rusky I would go with Jock of the Bushveld, but Kobie Krugers books are a great read ( there is a thread in this topic, but I'm not clever enough to do the link thing :redface: )
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Unread postby saraf » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:12 am

Here you go Kobie Kruger's books


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Unread postby RosemaryH » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:58 pm

Rusky I would also suggest Kobie's books. Excellent read for the whole family. Your kids will love them. Especially after your recent trip to the Kruger :)
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Unread postby rusky » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:10 pm

Thanks guys! I have added all suggestions 2 the list.

And thanks mods for allowing the thread
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Re: General Reading on South Africa

Unread postby rusky » Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:29 am

To all you 'mites in Oz.

Have been trying at a few libraries for Kobie Kruger's books and some of the others mentioned......but having no luck.

Any suggestions?
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Re: General Reading on South Africa

Unread postby Pjw » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:55 pm

@ Rusky. try kalahari.net. they might be able to help
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