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The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:57 am

The first time I drove into the Mount Zebra National Park, I was hit in the gut. "This is soul country", I thought.

It made me curious about Olive Schreiner, possibly one of the most remarkable women of her time. Cradock is loyal to it's most famous daughter. It keeps Olive Schriener's memory alive. What kind of person was she? I kept asking myself.

The feeling of soul prompted me to buy a book, never read.

What a masterpiece, what a book of utter honestly, truly a book inspired by the harsh beauty.

This book is a fresh and relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago. It is truly a book of great genius. It was given life in the dry Karoo. Each page is filled with a depth that is breathtaking.

This is a woman beyond her times. She is still beyond her times. She started writing her book while in her early twenties. It is remarkable that such a young person could have had such a deep sense of soul. She is a product of the timelessness of this arid region.

Although a work of fiction, many of the characters are based on the people who touched and shaped her life. It lives and breathes this soul country.

To anyone wanting to drink in a deep and frightening beauty, read this book. You will not be sorry.
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Re: The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby Ifubesi » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:07 am

Wow Meandering Mouse! You really got me interested now through your wonderful and obviously passionate description of the book. I am definitely going to get myself a copy to read. I love books with a feeling of "soul" as you described it. Another example I can give of such a book is "Zululand Wilderness" by Ian Player.

Thanks for sharing this topic.
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Re: The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby bushangel » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:46 am

And if you're talking about the Karoo, don't forget Eve Palmer's wonderful 'Plains of Camdeboo' with such vivid descriptions of the landscape, fossils, flora and fauna. If it doesn't inspire you to visit this area then nothing will. Camdeboo National Park with the Valley of Desolation is one of SANParks's hidden gems.
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Re: The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:00 am

MM this is one of my favorite books.. Olive Schreiner was a true child of the Karoo. One of her sayings “ I am now going to put on my hat and take a walk through the Karoo” is very descriptive of her love for the Karoo. Eve Palmer’s books about their life on the family farm Cranemere are all magnificent and very special. I can just imagine the meals that Sita prepared for the family and everyone enjoying it in the coolness of the dining room of their Karoo house, Cranemere. The Karoo is a very inspirational and brilliant place.

bushangel wrote:Camdeboo National Park with the Valley of Desolation is one of SANParks's hidden gems.
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Re: The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby Oryx » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:39 am

Yes, Olive Screiner certainly was a remarkable woman and she wrote a remarkable book. The house in which she lived for a time in Cradock is now a small museum, well worth a visit. She is buried on Buffelskop mountain on the farm Buffelshoek near Cradock, along with her baby, dog and husband.

She captured the soul of the Karoo in perhaps the same way that Bosman spoke of the Groot Marico:

There is no other place I know
that is so heavy with atmosphere,
so strangely and darkly impregnated with
that stuff of life that bears the authentic stamp
of South-Africa.

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Re: The Story of an African Farm. Olive Schreiner.

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:38 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:"This is soul country", I thought.


Oryx wrote:There is no other place I know
that is so heavy with atmosphere,
so strangely and darkly impregnated with
that stuff of life that bears the authentic stamp
of South-Africa.


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