Tweesprong

Tweesprong Andre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next With searing honesty he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in

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  • Title: Tweesprong
  • Author: André Brink
  • ISBN: 9789460924491
  • Page: 479
  • Format: ebook
  • Andre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa, as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next With searing honesty he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence From an early age he found in storytelling the means of reconciling the stark contrasts between religion and playAndre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa, as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next With searing honesty he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence From an early age he found in storytelling the means of reconciling the stark contrasts between religion and play acting, between the breathless discovery of a girl called Maureen and the merciless beating of a black boy, between a meeting with a dwarf who lived in a hole in the ground and an encounter with a magician who threatened to teach him what he hadn t bargained for While living in Paris in the sixties his discovery of a wider artistic life, allied to the exhilaration of the student uprising of 1968, confirmed in him the desire to become a writer.At the same time the tragedy of Sharpeville crystallised his growing political awareness and sparked the decision to return home and oppose the apartheid establishment with all his strength This resulted in years of harassment by the South African secret police, in censorship, and in fractured relationships with many people close to him.Equally it led to extraordinary friendships sealed by meetings with leaders of the ANC in exile in both Africa and Europe Andre Brink tells the story of a life lived in tumultuous times His long love affair with music, art, the theatre, literature and sport illuminate this memoir as do relationships with remarkable women, among them the poet Ingrid Jonker, who have shared and shaped his life, and encounters with people like Ariel Dorfman, Anna Netrebko, Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, Beyers Naude, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela Above all, A Fork in the Road is a love song to the country where he was born, and where, despite its recent troubles and tragedies, he still lives.

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    1. When a novelist waits to the fading end of his career to write his memoir, there is a risk that he may assume that everything about his life is interesting to his fans—that his greatness in the world can propel a reader through any mundane episodes or trivia pertaining to his life (or worse, his intellectual development). I think it’s best to get this kind of thing out of the way with a first novel (“Stephen Hero” style), since the egoism of youth may excuse the tendency to write about t [...]

    2. Brink is a typical Don Quixote - and he unashamedly compares himself to the same teller of tales. At first you think, 'this can't be true, he's spinnig a yarn!', but as the text progresses, you realize that this is merely his writing style. In and of itself the text is interesting (and especially to someone who has an interest in his affair with Ingrid Jonker). His account of things past, i.e. apartheid, and present, i.e. the New South Africa, is an honest account by someone who feels for the pe [...]

    3. If you're an Andre Brink fan then this book is a must. I enjoyed his modest visit down memory lane, also being born in South Africa and now living in France felt a lot in common with him. He has meant much to me in my life through his writing.

    4. Firstly, Andre Brink’s words which come at the end of this memoir, “Taking a cue from Rene Magritte, I can now confirm: This is not an autobiography.” Subtitled memoir then, how to classify A Fork in the Road? “These notes are not answers. Attempts, at most. To explain some things, but simply to settle scores.” This helps explain why there are absences in this book, why you wish there was more explanations. Brink again, “There is a certain sense of propriety in deciding where and whe [...]

    5. After a visit to South Africa earlier this year, a friend recommended this book to me.I was most interested in Andre Brink's autobiography because of his comments about South Africa's notorious Apartheid where every non-Caucasian person was segregated and treated as second-class citizens. It extended as far as (as the book mentioned), the creation of play areas that only white children could play on.Not surprisingly, Brink was completely against Apartheid, and his comments about it seemed very h [...]

    6. I had read the author's book, A DRY WHITE SEASON, some years ago and quite enjoyed it. This memoir is written very episodically and sometimes it is easy to know who he is writing about, but at other times, it is very hard. I liked how he discussed his views on changing race relations in South Africa throughout his life, his discussion on the influence of his Afrikaans childhood, his views on the arts within South Africa. I was disappointed that he wrote extensively about different women in his l [...]

    7. As an avid Brinke reader over many years, I was fascincated to read his autobiography. On one level it was an in formative and often entralling read. On another level, the picture wasn't quite clear enough on the reasons why he gave up his culture to support "the other" in South Africa. I wanted to know more.

    8. He confesses that he's not a non-fiction writer, something which I agree with. There were parts of the bio that were a bit dry to plough through, but there were also some beautiful parts that almost had me in tears. I have underestimated Brink. This will be a voice I will be paying attention to.

    9. The fascinating story of Brink's departure from the Afrikaner world, together with lovely descriptions of Cape Town and Paris.The book shadows South Africa's progression from apartheid to democracy but the author does not mince his words about the current state of the country.

    10. Being an Andre Brink fan, this book was of great interest to me. It was also a trip down memory lane for me - being from South Africa and living in the Jersey.

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