- File Size: 2627 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: K.P. Kollenborn; 1 edition (June 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L8F1UZA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How the Water Falls Kindle Edition
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- Finalist for Self-Publishing Review Indie Woman Award
"K. P. Kollenborn's novel How the Water Falls is a fabulous addition to the vibrant and turbulent history of South Africa."
"[T]his is such a powerful and moving story that I couldn't put it down and it's left a haunting impression on me that will stay with me for quite some time."
"Highly recommended not only as an exciting thriller, but as a wonderful illustration of this past and present world-wide issue. And, thank you, K. P. Kollenborn for your outstanding effort to spotlight deceptions and lies in a manner needed to constantly strive to affect change."
"This book was super complex and addressed politics, the history of apartheid, ethics, and the brutality of that time. Anyone who likes history or wants to learn more about this time would really enjoy this book."
"The reader is compelled by the sheer scope of the mayhem contained herein to ride the wave of madness to its uncertain conclusion. Historical fiction ought always to educate. The message here is a vital warning about the perils of repressive government that has been ignored time and time again throughout human history."
"There are several moments where I literally caught my breath and didn't realize I had until I let it all out when whichever character was on the page was safe again."
From the Author
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"Without de flow of water, dere can only be death," begins the remarkable Bantu sentence on the first page of the book, as Joanne Carrey remembered her parents' gardener telling her. As a white reporter working for a small press, Joanne covers the crimes committed by the Afrikaner minority rulers when she hears of Lena's heartbreaking story.
Lena Skosana Mkize is the black character fighting to regain her humanity after a brutal and traumatic event in her life. This is caused by the incompetence of Colonel Hans Borghost in charge of keeping peace between the Boers and the Blacks.
Jared Borghost is a striking character who shows guilt and remorse for mistreatment of blacks while working for his brother Hans. Jared rebels against his brother's orders. This is a complete turn around for this character. From a past carrying violence to fighting against it, he is able to bring resolution to the victims--a pivotal point in the story. This call to consciousness might endanger his own safety.
The love story between Joanne and the turmoil that Jared feels connects them and bridges the two sides of the drama. This is a poignant attraction that shows that love can exist between two opposing characters.
This is a remarkably well-written book by Ms. Kollenborn. The dialogues with the South African, tribal dialect was amazingly reproduced. I could hear them speaking in their native tongues. The well-researched historical information on South Africa and the Apartheid era is masterfully recreated to show what happened to these flesh and blood individuals. This is an amazing story that not only informed me on those dark years of Apartheid, but also kept me routing for the black victims. This is a must read for everyone.
From time immemorial humans have existed through horrors similar to this, and the book is an alert that it can happen again and again, anywhere. It could be an alert that the same thing is in progress in the US.
I admit that I was a bit confused initially but that was only because I had missed time references up front that were less subtle when I reread them. But in the back of my mind, I was also asking myself, ‘how did this American author from Kansas City create characters of such flavor to be part of this horrific atmosphere of apartheid?’ ‘Good research’, I concluded and I trudged on to deal with the realities of Joanne and Lena, the two main characters, and their challenging worlds. After reviewing an impressive Bibliography, none of which I was familiar with, I realized that I was in no way prepared to measure their effectiveness in the struggle against apartheid beyond the blatant chauvinistic prejudices that they each had so bravely endured.
It is apparent that the real struggles of Africa continued and that they have all the parallels for comparison that they need right here in the US. I just wish that a tale that was less melodramatic and had more heroics could have been told instead but the conflicts between sexes, races and tribes continue to have universal appeal in all languages. Thank you for the journey; it was a great trip.
Bob Magnant writes about politics, globalization, the Internet and US policy in the Middle East; he is the author of The Last Transition..., a fact-based novel about Iran.