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African Women: Three Generations Paperback – February, 1995

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Mathabane won a wide readership with Kaffir Boy , his account of growing up in apartheid South Africa, and its sequel Kaffir Boy in America. Here he presents a gritty oral history of his grandmother, mother and sister, who overcame relationships with abusive men and struggled to maintain their self-reliance and dignity. His maternal grandmother, Ellen, tells a harrowing tale of being abandoned by her husband for another woman, and of watching her father and brother die, victims of witchcraft. Ellen's daughter, Geli (the author's mother), was sold for the traditional bride-price to a man she abhorred, a compulsive gambler who beat her and drove her into temporary insanity. Florah, Mathabane's sister, took part in looting and mob violence in the 1976 anti-apartheid student rebellion; later, a single mother, she struggled to extricate herself from a relationship with an ex-convict. The alternating first-person narratives are reconstructed from interviews which Mathabane's wife conducted with these three women, leaving a reader with the impression that the jarringly articulate testimonies that appear here have been heavily reworded by the author. Author tour.
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This gripping saga by the author of Kaffir Boy ( LJ 5/15/86) presents a truthful, passionate, and illuminative biography of his great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother in South Africa. Mathabane vividly describes the shocking, heartbreaking stories of each generation of women as they struggle for independent incomes to support themselves and their children; while resisting apartheid, they must also resist the traditions imposed by their own society and the oppresion imposed by their men. The stories are an inspiration and tribute to millions of women worldwide in similar conditions. A thought-provoking book that is sure to deliver a strong message all who read it. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/93.
- Gayle S. Leach , Prince George's Cty. Memorial Lib. System, Largo, Md.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial; First Edition. 1 in number line edition (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060925833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060925833
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By kst123 on December 4, 2012
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I read Kaffir Boy several years ago and was eager to read more. This book about his mother, grandmother, and sister, written as first person accounts from each of them, is remarkable. This is a must read.
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Mark, I respect you for your tenacity and love of family. I wish I could duplicate your soul and heart a thousand times, we need more people like you in this world. The women in Mark's family remind me of my family, sweet,smart, sassy and often taken for granted. A group of beautiful women who triumph in spite of, and never lose the sense and love of family. Go Mathabane women, you are all winners.
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By A.V. on October 17, 2010
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Very riveting book. The pain of oppression that these women endured was very hard to read yet hard to put down. My one complaint about this book is the simply unbelievable amount of mispelled words and grammatical errors. I have never read a book with so many errors. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book.
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...........for this book for 8 years. I read it 8 years ago, but I borrowed it at someone's house. Since then, I have been searching for my own copy that I can read over and over. This is by far, one of the best books that I have EVER read. I alsmost felt the characters as they jumped from the pages at you.
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Mark is one of the hardest researcher and accurate narrator of facts. loved the insight to the historical events that took place in his family.
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I loved this book!! Mark Mathabane never ever disappoints me he always writes books that I just couldn't put down
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