Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Five essential Nadine Gordimer books

At the Guardian, Claire Armitstead tagged five must-read books by the late Nadine Gordimer, including:
No Time Like the Present (2012)

The political complexities of the new South Africa are played out in this story of a pair of one-time revolutionaries trying to make a life in the suburbs. Steve is white and Jabulile is black. Brought together in exile by a shared devotion to political struggle, they find themselves embroiled in much more bourgeois dilemmas as wealthy middle-class parents facing up to "the trouble within", in a country where injustice is still rife, and violence still threatens the lives of the prosperous. Reviewing it for the Guardian, Gillian Slovo described it as "a pained examination of the difficulties posed by a freedom that was won by imperfect human beings."
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue