Child of the River

Child of the River

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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
0718083105
Characteristics: xii, 404 pages ;,22 cm

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Reads_A_Lot
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.

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Marcia_McL
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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