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Frankie and Stankie Paperback – April 5, 2004
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'This is a gorgeous book about growing up ... it also manages to convey, with admirable lightness of touch, the dawning of a political consciousness ...A wonderful read' Observer 'A beautifully written slice of both personal and political history ... by the end of the novel, you are immersed in her world and simply never want to leave it' Guardian 'A blissfully funny sequence of portraits, family upon family, vignette upon vignette' Daily Telegraph 'I love Barbara Trapido and I adore her books' Carole Shields
About the Author
Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of five novels. She lives in Oxford.
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But perhaps what I really liked about this book is it feels like an autobiography. It feels as if, having read the stories of BT, now we are reading her story. And strangely - I really liked that.
Probably, like most Americans, I didn't know as much as I should have about the terrible history of South African apartheid. Because of this book I know I need to learn more.
Unfortunately, the only character I found interesting was the mother. The growing up years of Dinah and her sister seemed unremarkable and boring. I didn't care about them. It was what was going on around them that kept my interest.
The first maybe 100 pages or so gave me a headache. It was as though the sentences were so long I didn't know where to take a breath. Possibly, the author was trying to mimic the way a child might talk or think. I was constantly backtracking to see if I had missed the end of the sentence or paragraph. Eventually, the breathlessness of the paragraphs ended and my brain felt more comfortable.
I was on vacation when I read this book. If I had been at home with a multitude of books to choose from, I might not have finished it.
Oh, and something else that made me grumpy was how--or maybe I should say when it ended. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but would be curious to know if anyone else feels the book ended abruptly.
What you learn from reading FRANKIE AND STANKIE is much more important than the story. Please read it for that and if you like the story too, you can write a much nicer review than this one.