Child of the River

Child of the River

Book - 2016
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Born into poverty as the second child of illiterate sharecroppers in 1940s South Africa, Persomi dreams of getting an education, a career and of finding love and follows her older brother, Gerbrand, who leaves the farm to find work in Johannesburg.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780718083106
Characteristics: xii, 404 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 06, 2018

I enjoy coming of age stories and have also enjoyed several historical fiction books set in Africa. This had both so it was a win-win for me. Set in the South African Bushveld during the 1940’s thru the 1960’s, It follows Persomi from a poor child of sharecroppers to adulthood. The are three main storylines: Persomi’s poor upbringing, her bittersweet romantic life, and her fight against Apartheid laws when they affect the local Indian townspeople. I really liked the character of Persomi who was strong enough to overcome her circumstances and make something of herself. Some of the legalese towards the end was a little slow but overall a big thumbs up for this book. Looking forward to The Crooked Path which follows the life of another character from this book.

May 22, 2017

Interesting look at South Africa at the beginning of apartheid. Written in form of a historical romance novel, so light.

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