Rood stof

Rood stof Een aanklaagster bij een rechtszaak van de Zuid Afrikaanse Waarheidscommissie realiseert zich dat de werkelijkheid tijdens de Apartheid ingewikkelder was dan zij dacht

  • Title: Rood stof
  • Author: Gillian Slovo Kathleen Rutten
  • ISBN: 9789044500042
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Een aanklaagster bij een rechtszaak van de Zuid Afrikaanse Waarheidscommissie realiseert zich dat de werkelijkheid tijdens de Apartheid ingewikkelder was dan zij dacht.

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    1. Gillian Slovo's Red Dust is a gripping novel with the emotional pace and intensity of a thriller. Sarah Barcant, now a top New York lawyer, is called back to her home town Smitsrivier by her old mentor Ben Hoffman as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) comes to town. The now frail Hoffman enlists her to help a grieving elderly couple to find out where their son Steve is buried. Slovo skillfully brings to life the town and its people - Sarah, Ben and his wife Anna, Alex Mpondo (former t [...]

    2. I think this is a very good drama novel, it’s well-written and it shows you how deep racism actually goes. It isn’t just discriminating people, which is already bad, but it was even torturing people, which is unbelievable in our point and time. It’s awful to see how people’s lifes are infected by traumas and memories even in the present. And this book shows you how hard it actually is to accuse someone of something you are almost certain that’s true, but where is just not enough eviden [...]

    3. Important topic, poorly written novel. The ideas are compelling, but the writing and style of the book fell flat. Gillian Slovo may have a personal connection to the subject matter, but her sloppy execution of Red Dust makes the topic of post-Apartheid South Africa unappealing. I'd be interested in reading literature about the Apartheid from a skilled author.

    4. This is a powerful novel dealing with the complexities of truth and reconciliation, set in South Africa. The author is the daughter of activist parents who fought against Apartheid in South Africa. I highly recommend this novel. Now, I am very interested in reading her memoir.

    5. The search for the truth does not neccessarily lead to justice, it evokes painful memories and does not offer redemption. i found the subject intersting, but the prose rather dull.

    6. I liked the theme of the book and I learned more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commision and the society in South Africa nowadays. However, I really did not enjoy the writing style as well as the characters. Even though you get an insight in all of the character's thoughts I did not really get to know them and their 'true' personality. All in all, the book was OK to read since the topic is really fascinating and the history as well as the present of South Africa is very interesting but apar [...]

    7. Aanbevolen door Luc De Vos. Met plezier gelezen, maar niet van aard om meer te willen lezen van deze auteur.

    8. A stirring novel, possibly but not explicitly based on true events.The Truth and Reconciliation Committee in South Africa has come into being in 1996. In this case, they are trying to disclose the events after the arrest of two black “revolutionaries” in 1985, one sure crime having been torture, which for one man is believed to have resulted in his death.Eventually, it seems less a question of what really happened to whom, and more a question of who has an interest in telling the truth, and [...]

    9. This book took me to South Africa. This is about an amnesty trial between a former interrogator and a former victim, where the former interrogator seems to know something about the death of another victim, that happened more than a decade ago. And there are multiple parties involved, trying to uncover what really happened in the summer of 1985.Being that this book was written with an omniscient narrator, the reader had full access to what really happened, and the focus shifts from the happening [...]

    10. Red Dust is a fantastic, page turning court room drama set in South Africa.The murder of Alex Sizela in 1985 has been left unsolved and the body unfound. Sarah Barcant flies from New York back to her childhood hometown to help her friend and mentor find some sort of peace for Alex's grieving parents. Dirk Hendriks, an ex-policeman now prisoner, has filed for amnesty as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Alex Mpondo, Dirk's old torture victim, and friend of Alex Sizela reluctantly r [...]

    11. Published in 2000, this novel set in post-Apartheid South Africa is amazingly relevant to today's discussions of torture. Questions about the morality of torture, the efficacy, the effects on the torturer and the tortured, the bond formed between them, can they move on? forgive and be forgiven? how does the country move on. Even a discussion of something that sounds a bit like water boarding and also the stripping of the prisoners to humiliate. The book is really about the attempts of the charac [...]

    12. I read this after hearing Gillian Slovo interviewed on the BBC World Book Club. Slovo's personal history -- her parents were anti-apartheid activists, and her mother was murdered -- gives her a unique perspective on contemporary South Africa. Set in a small South African town during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, the novel makes the reader go beyond the clichés and think about the meaning of justice, truth, and reconciliation in the context of oppression, torture, and death, [...]

    13. Wow.I loved the movie & could tell it must have come from a really good book.Usually I'd give it a year or more to forget some of the plot before reading the book, but I stumbled on Red Dust at a yard sale, and once it was in my house I couldn't resist picking it up.The writing, plot and characters are so strong that it didn't matter very much if I already knew what was coming. And in this case, even if you've seen the movie, there are still a few big surprises left at the end of the book.Wi [...]

    14. Gillian Slovo's mother was killed by "revolutionaries" in South Africa during Apartheid. Her dad sat on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and had to determine whether or not his dead wife's killer was motivated for political reasons. This story is not autobiographical, but explores what happens when the Truth Commission comes to town and how that helps or hurts a community deal with/get over a tragic time period. I highly recommend this book. It's also a courtroom thriller.

    15. Gillian Slovo has written a courtroom drama which brings apartheid victims and a deputy police chief together during the Truth and Reconciliation process in a make believe South African town. It's a quick read, chilling in parts. While the Truth Commission of the post-apartheid South Africa is full of possibility, Slovo admits the cynicism of the process, leaving me with much to consider.

    16. When we read this book in class we focused on how the victim and the torturer become one in their ability to understand each other without words. It was a powerful novel about the apartheid in South Africa.

    17. A New York lawyer returns to her home town in rural South Africa to take part in a Truth Commission hearing. The plot twists and turns and is far from predictable. One of the best books I have read this year.

    18. Woman leaves New York because she is called back to South Africa by her aging mentor. Good book. There is some brutality and it gets into the psychology of torturers and their victims.

    19. I read this book a while back because I saw the movie and it was an eye opener for me. But this book was far more honest and intense.

    20. ''Red Dust'' weaves a tale of secrets, betrayal, murder, and redemption as a country comes to terms with it's violent past.

    21. By far one of the best books I’ve ever read. It will leave you haunted long after you’ve turned the last page.

    22. A griiping and moving novel, part legal thriller and part contemplation of the nature of evil, including evil instituitionalized. Great read.

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