De bidsprinkhaan

De bidsprinkhaan A magical novel from a world class writer about a remarkable historical figure In his early years growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape Cupido Cockroach became

  • Title: De bidsprinkhaan
  • Author: André Brink
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 346
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  • A magical novel from a world class writer about a remarkable historical figure.In his early years, growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape, Cupido Cockroach became the greatest drinker, liar, fornicator and fighter of his region Coming under the spell of the soap boiler Anna, and under the influence of the great Dr Johannes Theodorus vA magical novel from a world class writer about a remarkable historical figure.In his early years, growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape, Cupido Cockroach became the greatest drinker, liar, fornicator and fighter of his region Coming under the spell of the soap boiler Anna, and under the influence of the great Dr Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp of the London Missionary Society, Cupido is made the first Khoi or Hottentot missionary ordained at the Cape of Good Hope.Received into the fold of the Church, Cupido passionately turns against all his early beliefs After being drawn into the fierce struggle between the missionaries and the Dutch colonists, he rises to some prominence and is appointed as missionary in a remote and arid region in the North western Cape But this also marks the beginning of his decline, as the Society abandons him to his fate One by one, the members of his congregation disappear into the desert, so that in the end, abandoned even by his wife and children, he is left to preach to the stones and thorn trees and tortoises, returning to the dream world of his people.In a heady mixture of comedy and tragedy, the real and the magical, and immersed in the ancient, earthy, African world of magic and dreams, Praying Mantis explores through the historical figure of Cupido Cockroach the origins of racial tension in the shadowlands between myth and history.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Een van André P Brink se immer geskiedkundige romans wat sterk steun op die magiese, die bygelowigheid en die mitiese kragte wat nog steeds die botoon voer in die Afrika landskap. Kupido Kakkerlak is so bekend aan ons almal se verwysingsraamwerk. As ons hom nie persoonlik geken het nie, het ons al van sy 'tipe' gehoor. Maar hy is so deel van ons psige soos boerewors en koeksisters. Volgens bestaande dokumentasie het Kupido tussen 1760 en 1825 geleef het. Die mitiese betree die verhaal wanneer d [...]

    2. It was even better the second time. I loved the mix between an African tale full of stories about the Hottentot pantheon and stories from the Bible, with what must have happened a zillion times with native missionaries

    3. A novelization of the life of Cupido Cockroach, a Khoisan native of South Africa, roughly at the beginning of the 19th century. From something of a heathen, he becomes a Christian missionary himself and ends up in his own station on the outskirts of the country, all but forgotten and completely neglected by the missionary society which sent him there in the first place. The book is interesting enough for it's context, but I wasn't all that impressed by the way the story is constructed. The first [...]

    4. Dette er en historisk roman, med handling lagt til Cape-området (i vid forstand) rundt slutten av 1700-tallet/begynnelsen av 1800-tallet. Hovedpersonen er en hottentot ved navn Cupido Cockroach. Han er en person med en viss åndelig kapasitet, som går fra stammereligion til kristendom, og muligens tilbake igjen. Brink skildrer historiske forhold, natur, personer og religiøse anfektelser på overbevisende vis. Språklig er teksten også ytterst patent. Fortellingen er basert på en sann histor [...]

    5. I didn't really connect with this one. Maybe I made a mistake jumping from a book about one sort of priest to another. I generally like most books about religion and religious types - no real belief myself, but reading about others belief is usually interesting but occasionally such novels fall flat. 'Gilead' springs to mind as failing in the same way.Like other reviewers I found the novel lost momentum during the large central section about the missionary. The sections focusing on Cupido Cockr [...]

    6. Man of the world turned missionary then left to fend for himself in a remote part of South Africa in the early part of the 1800's. According to the notes at the end, this is based on historical fact. I struggled with this much more than any other Brink books I've read. When I read the summary teaser on the back cover I thought it sounded really good. Perhaps I read that and interpreted it with my Western mind because it wasn't at all what I expected. Typical of his books, it speaks to race issue [...]

    7. I liked the voice of the main character, Cupido Cockroach, in the beginning of the book but the tale lost its drive after Cupido converted to Christianity and the story was taken over by a local missionary. Somewhat saved in the last chapters, but not enough. Other books ("At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Black Robe") explore the darker shades of bringing Christianity to indigenous groups with far more power.

    8. I've been a passionate fan of Andre Brink's work for years but this one felt too distant, too difficult to engage with. Whether it's the voice of an indigenous person filtered through the voice of the colonist that makes it hard to grasp or whether it's simply my incapacity to connect in anything but a superficial way, I don't know.While the history was fascinating, I couldn't "read" the character.

    9. A wonderful book on the nature of the missionary calling and its converts. Quiet, subtle humour provides a basis for thinking about the role of religion as it attempts to cross cultures. Finally, it is humanity which wins out as the main character struggles to survive in a harsh environment where beliefs must suit the surroundings.

    10. An interesting and moving account of a Hottentot who embraces Christianity with startling enthusiasm and becomes a preacher and missionary. There is a constant undercurrent of racism that occasionally breaks to the surface in various disturbing ways. An enjoyable read but not completely convincing in parts.

    11. I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet. He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work. Don't expect a balanced review from me. As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of white and black alike.

    12. A somewhat fanatic conversion to Christianity. This man's conversion was total and absolute. Read my review herefreduagyeman/2010Thanks

    13. moving book about a time and place I wouldn't know much about otherwise. Carefully developed story about an unlikely hero in colonial South Africa.

    14. What an excellent introduction to Andre Brink. I finished the book in 2 sittings. Smooth flowing prose and a story so beautiful and enticing. Bravo!

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