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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories Hardcover – November 27, 2007
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If you read July's People and hope for a series of small punches that you get, as in Gordimer's novels, you'll be disappointed. At the same time, most of these stories offer pleasant reflection about the human dimension of life in South Africa.
What is surely interesting is that her message throughout the collection seems to be one of "Allesverloren" from the Afrikaans/German which translates as "All is lost" or as Gordimer herself translates it in the story, "Everything is lost." She seems to be saying that we live our lives and then they come to an end, and in that end, all is really just lost. Life ends and that is that.
While her message seems at times a bit existentially depressing, and interestingly she writes one story about a cockroach that somehow made its way inside the tube of her word processor and appropriately names the story "Gregor" after Kafka's famous piece, "Metamorphosis" her stories are not totally bereft of some hope for the process by which we live them. Yet, she also seems to tell us, that when they come to an end, they end, and thus, in that end, "all is lost.Read more ›
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One encounters the full majesty and weight of Nadine Gordimer's prose in this wide-ranging, inspiring collection. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CLS-LRS
We read this book for our book club and all of us were underwhelmed. The stories were interesting enough to keep reading, though, and while none of us had read anything by... Read morePublished on September 25, 2008 by E. K. Johnson