The Madonna of Excelsior

The Madonna of Excelsior A Generous, Patient, Wry And Intelligent Voice That Suggests Not Just A Writer Who Can Seduce Us Through Beautiful Language And Unfailing Humor We Also Encounter A Writer Who Has The Power To Shock And Frighten Us, To Astound And Anger And Unsettle UsIn Short, His Is A Voice For Which One Should Feel Not Only Affection But Admiration Neil Gordon, New York Time Zakes Mda is probably the best novelist in Africa today, and certainly the most prolific This is one of his most impressive works, taking a very close look at how what used to be illicit sex across the colourlines would impact on a particular community There is a skillful constant introduction to chapters by reference to drawing Nikky, Poppy and other characters are very well rounded and convincing Theauthor is f
Fiction does not always facilitate or augment the understanding of complex realities of time and place Zakes Mda, however, has achieved this mixture admirably in this novel of his native South Africa The political events of pre and post Apartheid periods take a central place in the story Yet he manages to avoid being overly heavy on facts and details as he builds the narrative around the impact of one specific event and its aftermath on one small community, Excelsior He captures the essence Fiction does not always facilitate or augment the understanding of complex realities of time and place Zakes Mda, however, has achieved this mixture admirably in this novel of his native South Africa The political events of pre and post Apartheid periods take a central place in the story Yet he manages to avoid being overly heavy on facts and details as he builds the narrative around the impact of one specific event and its aftermath on one small community, Excelsior He captures the essence of life under Apartheid and the difficulties awaiting all when the regime ends Old prejudices and tensions remain and the transition to the new SA adds ne
i enjoy reading the book by Mr Mda, lately i have become a fan of his work.The book is set in the apartheid era when blacks where not allowed to mingle with the white foks.reading the book i was able to identify few themes.Forgiveness, self acceptance forgiveness would come in the form of Niki coming into terms with her past and the guilt she had when her daughter was batlling with acceptance And self acceptance would be Popi, she had difficulty accepting who she was and the fact that she wa i enjoy reading the book by Mr Mda, lately i have become a fan of his work.The book is set in the apartheid era when blacks where not allowed to mingle with the white foks.reading the book i was able to identify few themes.Forgiveness, self acceptance forgiveness would come in the form of Niki coming into terms with her past and the guilt she had when her daughter was batlling with acceptance And self acceptance would be Popi, she had difficulty accepting who she was and the fact that she was different from the black girls in her community and she looked alot like the whites She was costantly teased about her hair and her appearence this made her resent especially her hair because they were a constant remainder that she was different As the novel was ending she was able to love,appr
Most times, books talking about South Africa either show the wealthy, fancy, stuck up white side of South Africa, or the stereotypical native, out in the grassland black native But The Madonna of Excelsior shows both sides, the inbetween.It s no surprise the rich are white and the poor are black But what about the ones they call colored The ones who are both black and white This book expl
A truly artistic tale told during the end of Apartheid in South Africa During a time when it was illegal for whites to have sex with blacks, one of the protagonists, Niki, is put on trial and spends time in prison for giving birth to a blue eyed daughter Popi The story then follows Niki, her son Viliki and Popi through the end of apartheid and post apartheid worlds All the while Popi tries to find her place in the world, never feeling totally black, and never white.Although the story is amazi A truly artistic tale told during the end of Apartheid in South Africa During a time when it was illegal for whites to have sex with blacks, one of the protagonists, Niki, is put on trial and spends time in prison for giving birth to a blue eyed daughter Popi The story then follows Niki, her son Viliki and Popi through the end of apartheid and post apartheid worlds All the while Popi tries to find her place in the world, never feeling totally black, and never white.Although the story is amaz
Set in South Africa, the novel is based on true events that occurred during apartheid The protagonist shows us what life was like for a black woman during that time, how she was raped, used, and abused by white men She bore a coloured daughter by the husband of a woman she worked for, caring for their son, who of course was the brother to her daughter She was arrested and charged under the Immorality Laws Her daughter grew up in political opposition to her half brother The protagoni
The art descriptions in the beginning of each chapter were rather annoying and that is the only flaw I enjoyed the pace of the story and the smooth transition from apartheid to post apartheid South Africa. The Madonna of Excelsior is a novel that highlights the plight that once engulfed the community of Mahlatswetswa in Excelsior, Free State, where several white men were accused of having coerced sexual relations with black women from which children were born.During apartheid, interracial sexual relations, consentual or not, were not only forbidden but illegal.Mda uses a story of P
Really glad that this book was set for my English seminar Mda writes beautifully and his imagery really sticks in your mind He tells the story of the scandal of Excelsior in 1971 but threads this into a bigger picture of Apartheid and post Apartheid South Africa Mda confronts a lot of the hard truths about expedience, corruption and racism involved in the creation of the new South Africa and does this, for the most part, really well However, I think that he does too much almost textbook Really glad that this book was set for my English seminar Mda writes beautifully and his imagery really sticks in your mind He tells the story of the scandal of Excelsior in 1971 but threads this into a bigger picture of Apartheid and post Apartheid South Africa Mda confronts a lot of the hard truths about expedience, corruption and racism involved in the creation of the new South Africa and does this, for the most part, really well However,
Another great and educating read by Zakes Mda This one takes us to Free State and to the privilege, discrimination, and struggles of apartheid and post apartheid South Africa The small town of Excelsior, set up by white farmers, has an amazing variety of characters along the political and racial spectrum moderate white people, radical racists who take advantage of black women during the Age of Immorality, black resistance fighters, opportunists, corrupt officials and the average folk who jus Another great and educating read by Zakes Mda This one takes us to Free State and to the privilege, discrimination, and struggles of apartheid and post apartheid South Africa The small town of Excelsior, set up by white farmers, has an amazing variety of characters along the political and racial spectrum moderate white people, radical racists who take advantage of black women during the Age of

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Madonna of Excelsior
  • Zakes Mda
  • English
  • 22 November 2018
  • 0312423829