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A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid Paperback – April 19, 2004
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The author (although a PhD in psychology) writes in a very readable style that was both a fascinating book and study in practical theology, but also one which haunting theme stays with me.
An excellent read! Purchased at Amazon.com on the recommendation of a friend
Tasked with finding ways to mend the myriad cracks in the shattered social landscape following apartheid, the author emphasizes the power and strength in compassion, forgiveness, empathy, compromise, and humanness as viable alternatives to punishment as reparation (in the context of the victim-victimizer relationship in systems of state-sponsored violence).
One of the things which I thought the author did most effectively here was to make me question the underlying humanity at play - or not at play - in the powerful and unwanted relationship between a criminal and victim. One of the most powerful questions asked here was: what does it mean to forgive a killer? What does it mean about them? What does it mean about you? The illustration of what's happening psychologically in the forgiveness process is very interesting.
This book, from an aesthetic perspective, is written wonderfully, with pointed prose, careful storytelling, and no fluff. There are so many quotes in this work that are so powerful. I certainly intend to give this a second reading so that I can take better notice of the author's original, self-reflective, and socially critical perspectives.
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Not very in-depth for the conflicting emotions within. It was at times impersonal and the personal stuff was tangential to the central characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by W. Murphy
Very very well written. Deeply thought provoking. A must have for the bookshelf/personal libraryPublished 15 months ago by Kof Kof
Imperative reading for understanding the realities of the apartheid era.Published 17 months ago by Paul
Inspiring in so many ways. Absolutely a must-read for everyone!
Thank you Ms. Gobodo-Madikizela for your dedication to reconciliation and resilience of the human... Read more