Torn In The New SA
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“And I, I will always be split in two – did I make the right decision? And, being torn, I will always have a life which straddles the ocean – a foot on each continent. I will never be completely whole again.” In 2004, Bronwyn McIntosh wrote an article about her reasons for leaving South Africa. The unexpected spate of emails that followed was exacerbated by President Mbeki’s public criticism of the article. After five years of ongoing correspondence with a wide range of people, Bronwyn wrote a book about her journey to becoming an expatriate. In it she also shares the stories, emotions, experiences and opinions of her numerous correspondents. A few stories are amusing; most are poignant; some are not for the faint-hearted.
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Nov 3, 2010I loved the book: unbiased, gave perspective from many people in different countries & situations. I also loved the fact it was not a "story" but a journey of thoughts. The comments and the feelings expressed were so familiar to me. In some odd way it gave me hope: hope that one day in the future SA will be a place my little family can return to to live in. Though I was not born in SA I lived there for 11+ years and slotted right in to the lifestyle. I am Irish, an emigrant to SA and now I live back in Ireland: it took me years to settle back in here, but I did, and so too (eventually) did my husband and son.
Sep 17, 2010A very powerful and moving book! McIntosh is an elegant writer--describing with great emotion and depth the excitement, the fear, and the relief of leaving her homeland. I couldn't lay aside this book until I had finished it. I was drawn by the very strangeness of America to a South African--and suddenly I understood how alien South Africa would be to me if I ever lived there. I put myself in McIntosh's shoes and couldn't say whether I would or would not be able to undertake such a vastly life-altering experience. Through this book, I understood as I never had how hard it would be to adapt to and to understand a foreign land--leaving behind forever, perhaps, all that one has previously known and loved. Well done! Connie Lapallo Author of Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky
Aug 22, 2010I read it in 48 hours ... just couldn't put it down! And, while it speaks in volumes to any South African who has emigrated, is contemplating emigrating or refuses to emigrate, it is so much more than that - it is a compilation of "amateurs" - not journalists or authors - who have simply worn their hearts on their proverbial sleeves and have been given a voice through Bronwyn's dedication of time and effort in bringing it all together in a single volume. I relate to so many of the personal stories of the contributors, not only from the "I will not leave" brigade - I was, after all, a "founder member" - but also the "what the hell have I done" and "how am I going to cope" set, to eventually settle very comfortably into the final "group" ... "this is how simple life should (and could) be" in a country that has no rival for beauty and pulses through my veins as much now - 9 years after leaving - as it ever did. I am,... More > and always will be, a Child of Africa and, while I am proud of the fact that I have "earned" British Citizenship, I will never have the temerity to call myself English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish. I am a proud South Africa Brit who feels (rightly or wrongly) that he was forced to make a decision nobody should have to make - and that's the point of my contribution. This book is not about me, Bronwyn, any of her contributors or even South Africa - it is about the myriad emotions that ANY individual is likely to feel when facing the prospect of leaving the country of their ROOTS. It may also - as in my case - be a catharsis.< Less
Aug 16, 2010"Torn in the New SA" is a must. Whether you have moved to another country, are considering it or are staying put, it really makes you think. It will make you laugh and cry all at the same time, and it will definitely pull at the heart strings. It will make memories, both good and bad, come flooding back. But mostly I believe it will make you think about your reasons for leaving or staying. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful collection of memories from many different people. Bronwyn has put this collection together beautifully and has given us all a voice to let the world know why we are leaving or staying.
Aug 14, 2010‘Torn in the New SA’ is a project of love, which will strike a chord within the soul of every person who has ever lived in, loved and left South Africa … and those who have chosen to stay. This book made me smile, made me laugh, and also made me cry. But mostly, this book made me think. As I read it, I found myself exploring ideas in my head, my reasons for living where I am today, and discovering thoughts and feelings about my childhood (in SA), my life (where it is now), and my future (where I want to be). No matter how you view South Africa, whether you’ve left already, are in the process of leaving, or are determinedlly soldiering on, despite every adversity, this book will be food for thought. You might find yourself sobbing over similar experiences, nodding in agreement, or muttering angrily. Whatever your reaction, this book will grip your heart and leave you thinking. By sharing her experiences, Bronwyn McIntosh has given us a voice, putting into words what we were finding so... More > hard to say, answering the niggling voice of doubt that has persisted within so many of us, and giving us a reason to believe. By sharing her thoughts and the thoughts of so many others worldwide, for one brief moment as we each read this book, we are no longer ‘torn’ and ‘alien’, but united in our grief, our mourning, our joyous memories, our optimism for the future, wherever that may be.< Less
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- Bronwyn Desme McIntosh (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Energy Organizer Books
- October 21, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.48 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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