Issen Ich wollte wissen ob die zwei zusammenkommen und ob es ein Happy End geben wuerde Dazwischen habe ich Neues ueber Suedafrika ueber das Leben in Afrika und wie verrueckt das Leben general Neues ueber Suedafrika ueber das Leben in Afrika und wie verrueckt das Leben general sein kann gelernt An interesting read although a translation A book full of strange characters Everyone is involved in their own world and that which makes them cope or do they We sometimes also regard that which gives someone else satisfaction as irrelevant only because we don t necessarily understand it or it doesn
T Fit Into Our fit into our of things Although I ve read uite a few books from South Africa most of them have been written in English I ve read nearly everything JM Coetzee wrote before he migrated to Australia some by Nadine Gordimer and Gillian Slovo the Martha uest books by Doris Lessing Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and in recent years I ve tried to keep up with the work of Damon Galgut because I find his books intriguingShortlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Bundu by Chris Barnard is one of the few books I ve read that has been translated from the Afrikaans Barnard b1939 is a highly regarded author in South Africa winning multiple prizes including a South African Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement According to Wikipedia he along with Andr Brink an author whose unforgettable 2001 novel The Other Side of Silence I read back in 2004 was a prominent member of Die Sestigers The Sixty ers a literary movement which was influenced by contemporary English and French trends and used the Afrikaans language in protest against the apartheid governmentBut times have moved on since the 1960s and the battle for democratic government and Barnard s short novel of only 219 pages is concerned with social issues In one of the most misleading blurbs I ve come across the publisher calls it on the book cover an unforgettable African story full of romance and adventure but anyone expecting a bodice ripper will be sadly disappointed by this melancholy tale of drought and starvation in the bundu It s actually a most unsettling book which left me sleepless after I finally finished itBy coincidence yesterday I heard Rev Tim Costello talking about Australia s foreign aid budget on The Religion Report on ABC Radio National Australia is a long way short of contributing 07% of GNP which we signed up to do through the international Millennium goal We give only 035% but even so that miserly amount last year saved the lives of 200000 men women and especially children With a federal election later this year and politicians of all stripes talking cost cutting measures Costello spoke up on behalf of our aid agencies to advocate that there be no further cuts to the foreign aid budget which has become progressively meaner since the 1950s under Robert MenziesWhat Bundu does is to bring the need for foreign aid into sharp focus Brand de la Rey is an environmental researcher living in a remote region near the fluid border between South Africa and Mozambiue He lives a monastic sort of existence with his assistant Vusi a Zulu who experiences life in a mystical sort of way which causes occasional conflict with Brand s evidence based way of looking at the world At the hospital some distance away there is Vukili the possibly not really ualified doctor a couple of nuns and Julia a uixotic and headstrong woman who is volunteering in order to work off her feelings of
Worthlessness And Rage About and rage about politics of South Africa Yes there is an instant but fraught attraction between Brand and Julia but trust me it is not the focus of the bookTo read the rest of my review please visit. Nd our reach; why can we not take the final step towards each other Bundu is about the people and the animals of Africa at the height of their beauty and the depth of their despair It is a love story and a meditation on the mystery of our powers and the limitations that we share with our brothers the anima.
Read ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB É Chris BarnardI love films which are those slow moving deep riversthis is the book euivalent an unexpected page turner Read my full review on my blog Bundu is a beautifully written novel by award winning Afrikaans author Chris Barnard At times frustrating appalling heart breaking and wonderful Bundu exposes a side of Africa that few ever see In the midst of it all goodness rises from this motley crew of heroes and a romance builds as life boils down to its simplest forms Reviewed for TripFiction the full text can be found here Somewhere along a border between Mozambiue and South Africa along a border that moves its position according to what is considered politically expedient at "A Moment In Time A Severe Drought Is Devastating Everything "moment in time a severe drought is devastating everything small clinic long since forgotten by the high and mighty finds it has become the refuge for hundreds of desperate people daily pour in until they become overwhelmed by this deluge with no sign of outside help This leaves a disparate group of individuals trying to find the necessary supplies to feed all which soon runs out leaving them with no alternative but to find a new way to solve this dilemma a drastic crazy and illegal plan is hatchedBundu is an old fashioned adventure tale and illegal plan is soon hatchedBundu is an old fashioned adventure tale a story set in a harsh landscape decimated by drought it is also about how people survive in this environment not merely on a physical level but what mechanisms habits beliefs they rely on to communicate with the world This book is not one I would normally read in fact based on the blurb on the cover I would not have picked it out from other books on a shelf as I said above it is a good old fashion tale of love and adventure There is nothing wrong with it being that except this is on The Independent Foreign Fiction prize longlist meaning it needs to have something else to compete on a level playing field with the other contenders it must have depth gravitas etc Bundu does although on one level it is a tale of love and adventure and yet it is also a study of the characters a motley gathering of the washed up and lonely all of whom are seeking some resolution some answershttpparrishlanternblogspotcoukPS the star rating should be 35 but it can t do half stars I expected much the story line was good but the writer failed to draw me into the story I m not sure if it was his writing or a problem of translation but i was not captivated once and really wanted to feel like i was with the characters in the book experiencing and seeing the hardship I picked up this book from the library as it looked interesting but ultimately found it to be frustrating It centres around a small South African medical centre as the staff try to deal with an influx of refugees fleeing famine in Mozambiue But conditions are not great in South Africa either and the centre soon starts struggling to deal with having to feed and treat all of the refugees This aspect of the plot alone could have been explored in detail but the book seems to focus on our lead character Brandt and his relationships with his co workers The romance between him and the leading female character felt awkward as if the author felt obliged to include a romance There was also a potentially interesting thread about the tensions between Brandt and his black co workers learning to respect and trust each other after being brought up in a society that didn t see them as eual but again this aspect is not explored as much as it could have been It is a short book and all of these threads are suished and condensed rather than being given room to breathe Characters verge on stereotypes the drunken adventurer the difficult unconv. In a place near Mozambiue where no one knows the boundary drought is changing everything Tens then hundreds of people seek refuge in a forgotten outpost where a clinic is run by lonely souls of uncertain training nuns staunchly determined to serve But the inundation soon becomes too much for them and there. ,
Entional woman etc Having said that I did like that
showed off multilingual aspect of South African society including snippets of dialogue in Zulu with translations Eually it would have been nice to have a glossary of some of those Afrikaans terms which were left untranslated and which this English reader is still 100% sure what they meant There were also a and which this English reader is still not 100% sure what meant There were also a of times where the word order seemed strange which I m going to put down to choices by the translator Overall it s a uick read only ust over 200 pages and I think that brevity hurts the book It s okay but a longer book would have helped us understand about the characters and situation Once I started reading I didn t want to stop I loved the solitude of the African wilderness and the assortment of people who found themselves there and carved out some kind of life for themselves totally outside of most society The starving famine refugees were almost an aside something belonging to another world This book could ve gone in several different directions It avoids being preachy but it makes its points well enough What I particularly liked was the ending Circumstances have galvanised these disparate individuals created a necessary bond but once the crisis is over their involvement in it at any rate they no longer have sufficient reason to cohere and drift apart far too easily You would think what they ve been through was a life changing experience but perhaps these people s lives had already been so changed by what had happened in their pasts that nothing was ever going to bring them back It certainly made me pause for thought because at least as far as Africa goes nothing has changed there A few people manage to get saved but who s to say that where they ended up will not face its own famine in two or three years All part of what de la Rey calls the Great Process not a Divine Plan but an admission that Nature had no use for chance You can read my full review on my blog here I enjoyed this book even though I did not really know in the beginning what to think about it It s not clear to me if that is because I did not know the author or anything about the country and culture it was written in Probably There were also uite a few expressions which I had to look up because I could not make any sense of them What kept me reading was the woman the main character fell in love with I think it is mainly a love story even though it is described as a hunger disaster and how the characters deal with it in the blurb of the book But for me Julia who tries desperately to save the starving people in her vicinity was the driving character and the one who kept me reading I wanted to know about her I wanted to know if those two would come together and if there would be a happy end In the course I learned a lot about South Africa about life in Africa and how crazy life in general can beIch habe dieses Buch genossen obwohl ich zu Beginn nicht richtig wusste was ich davon halten sollte Vielleicht kam das daher dass ich den Autoren nicht kannte und auch nichts von dem Land und der Kultur ueber das es geschrieben wurde wusste Vermutlich Da gab es auch einige Ausdruecke die ich nachschlagen musste weil sie mir ueberhaupt nichts sagten Was mich am lesen gehalten hat war die Frau in die sich die Hauptperson verliebt hatte Ich denke diese Geschichte ist in erster Linie eine Liebesgeschichte auch wenn sie oft als Hungerdesaster und wie die Charaktere damit umgehen beschrieben wird Aber Julia die verzweifelt versucht die verhungernden Menschen in ihrer Umgebung zu retten war diejenige die mich am Lesen hielt Ich wollte mehr ueber sie Is no help from outside Within the small community of outcasts a plan takes shape that is as outrageous as it is inspired The illegal adventure that follows is a humanitarian act of heroic proportions yet unsung in the greater world And in its wake unanswered uestions remain what is it that lies ust beyo.it showed off