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  • By david.citrin
    Aug 30, 2013
    Aliwal provides a fictional view of a Jewish family in South Africa in the nineteenth century. It recreates a fascinating world of which I had been entirely unaware, but in which I have become quite interested due to my recent and fortuitous acquaintance with several South Africans and people of South African background. The issue of how a transplanted person adjusts (and does not adjust) to a radically new environment is particularly well addressed. The protagonist, Heinrich Bergmann, originates in a small German village, yet his ambition (viewed in a positive sense) outgrows his native village. He rises through business success in South Africa and is ultimately brought low -- as much by his own self image as by external events. The character of Jenny -- Heinrich's wife -- is particularly well drawn. The dénuement, offering an insightful interior view Jenny, provides a strong and poignant finish to the novel. I have just ordered Yamey's novel the Rogue of Rouxville and look... More > forward to reading it.< Less
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Adam Yamey
September 14, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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