By Andre Brink
On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to loss of life. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, used to be raised along the men who could develop into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a end result of family members tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the residing and the lifeless, a series of Voices is such as William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a appealing and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.
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I ordered the mantoor to summon all the laborers to the yard, even those who’d gone far out into the veld with the sheep. I waited in silence for them all to come home. Then, one by one, I had them tied to the front wheel of the wagon and flogged by the mantoor, every one of them, man, woman and child; thirty-nine lashes for each grownup, and twenty-five for a child. The mantoor was last; I flogged him myself. Only then, after they’d all had their share, did I speak. “Let this be a lesson to you,” I told them, “should you ever get it in your heads to rise up against me.
This is a matter of life and death, he says; he’s seen men maimed and killed before. In the beginning the tracks run boldly through the open veld; it seems only a matter of time before we run the lion to ground. But after a while they begin to curve back into the foothills where it becomes more and more difficult to follow them. The army is split up in small groups, each with at least one gun. Nicolaas and I are together, with a handful of slaves and Hottentots. Soon the others are out of sight.
Delicate, delightful little creature. Eyes shy yet mocking under the parasol. On the point of getting betrothed to a swaggering young foreigner; D’Alree in his natty clothes. Soon sent him packing. Poor man crawling on all fours in the front-room, chewing up the carpet. One night I stole her a bunch of roses from the Governor’s garden. Stopped by the guard. Told them to go to hell and made my escape with the flowers. Next day, can you believe it, a detachment of soldiers arrived to take me away.
A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink