Triomf Pop en Treppie leven met hun zus Mol en haar zoon Lambert in Triomf een wijk voor blanke Afrikaners in Johannesburg De familieleden zijn straatarm en racistisch tot op het bot en proberen zich zo go

  • Title: Triomf
  • Author: Marlene van Niekerk Riet de Jong-Goossens Robert Dorsman
  • ISBN: 9789044514407
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pop en Treppie leven met hun zus Mol en haar zoon Lambert in Triomf, een wijk voor blanke Afrikaners in Johannesburg De familieleden zijn straatarm en racistisch tot op het bot, en proberen zich zo goed mogelijk staande te houden in een wereld vol geweld Als ze zich in 1994 voorbereiden op de veertigste verjaardag van Lambert, staan ze aan de vooravond van de eerste demoPop en Treppie leven met hun zus Mol en haar zoon Lambert in Triomf, een wijk voor blanke Afrikaners in Johannesburg De familieleden zijn straatarm en racistisch tot op het bot, en proberen zich zo goed mogelijk staande te houden in een wereld vol geweld Als ze zich in 1994 voorbereiden op de veertigste verjaardag van Lambert, staan ze aan de vooravond van de eerste democratische verkiezingen in Zuid Afrika.

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    1. Although the setting is a poor (white trash) family, The Benades, in one of the poorest neighborhoods in South Africa, the story could be regarded as the universal plight of the poorest of the poor in, especially, a capitalistic society. Sociologically it could be justified as a testimony of how a social system worked for all its participants or not. In the Benade family's case neither Apartheid, nor the soon to be Post Apartheid era did anything to drag the family out of the miserable life they [...]

    2. This book beats out The Glass Castle as the portrait of the THE MOST dysfunctional family. Easily squeamish should not attempt this novel. It is set in early nineties South Africa which was a very turbulent time period. This extremely poor white family gets crashed on the rocks of the turbulence both from within their family, and within the community. The characters are intricately explored. The dialect is difficult but fascinating (there's a glossary) Beware of intense descriptions of incest an [...]

    3. Stunning. Imagine Steinbeck taking on an Afrikaaner family - all Biblical violence, incest and poverty. Fold in some Trainspotting-level self-harm and substance abuse. Leaven it all with a soundtrack of crackling, working class comedy and vernacular word play (thank you, translator) - to the extent where at times this reads like a classic sitcom or soap (in a good way). It's just so good. Here's a set of characters that earn our sympathy (despite their outer awfulness) that are just so very well [...]

    4. Aggrovigliati tra loro “come le interiora di un frigorifero, con il motore fritto per il voltaggio sbagliato”, così sono i fratelli Benade e il figlio-nipote Lambert. “Troppo pochi, persino per loro stessi”, “Moll e Pop e Treppie e Lambert non si bastano neanche lontanamente”, eppure si serrano, s’aggrovigliano, fino a strangolarsi, perché la famiglia è la sola “prospettiva necessaria a vivere e a sopravvivere”, “l’unica cosa che conta”, sopra tutto e nonostante tutto, [...]

    5. I must admit to getting in my car and driving up and down the streets of Triomf to view the house where the Benade's live - so real did this family become in the reading. Like the observer of a hideous car crash, I just wanted to catch a glimpse of these people. The terms 'poor white' and 'white trash' have been bandied about for as long as I can remember. Until this book I must confess that I did not truly understand the breadth, the depth and the horror of these phrases. With a 60 year lifespa [...]

    6. A bit long for me, but I am not known for my readerly patience. While it evokes SA social awareness and history, it also stretches outward. I think a reader who knows nothing about SA history or politics can appreciate the novel for its insights into "white trash" existence. That's what I liked about the book. It's also useful for Freudian thinking: you'll discover some new, twisted triangles in this book.

    7. This was definitely one of the most difficult books I've ever picked upIt was so dense and really took quite a bit of time to sort through. It was like Faulkner on steroids. But alas, I'm done with it.

    8. This book is NOT for the feint-hearted. It conjurs up images of the ' poor, uneducated, whites', that became one of the many legacies of a post-apartheid South Africa. Protected before, simply because of their skin colour, living in a decaying government house, slowly but surely being surrounded by the ' new' black and coloured emerging middle-class, who are upgrading these homes - the central characters of this book, create very real, extremely disturbing, but a very honest picture of this prev [...]

    9. Although this is an excellent book I would not recommend it to anyone who is not familiar with South Africa as it is full of local colloquialisms. It is these touches that lend aunthenticity & it would be frustrating for a reader who doesn't know what they refer to, despite a good glossary in the back of the book.

    10. Ik vond het moeilijk om lang achter elkaar te lezen. De familie leeft in zo'n uitzichtloze situatie. Ze kunnen niet anders dan bij elkaar blijven maar doen elkaar zoveel leed aan. Er is mij veel ontgaan van wat er gezegd werd over het oude en nieuwe zuid-afrika. De karakters werden mij in de loop van het boek wel dierbaar.

    11. A horrible book. A vast landscape of barrenness. So awful it is difficult to come up with adjectives to fully express the desparate bleakness of this book. Any time spent reading it is completely wasted

    12. I could not get past the first 20 pages of this incredibly turgid, horrific novel. Perhaps it suffered in translation. I consider myself a reader with a strong stomach but this defeated me.

    13. I just couldn't get into it. It was a hard book to read - both the subject matter and the writing - and it didn't pay off for me.

    14. Torn between and 3/4 but went for the 3. The writing is great and a very well thought through story but it was too long for me. There is no relief for the characters in the end and even though I'm by no means a sensitive reader, there was too much swearing. I got the point; they're very low class 'white trash'. It has many universal themes but not completely my cup of tea. Glad I read it (even though it took 3 weeks to struggle through)

    15. I've rarely experienced such dread while reading a book. It's disturbing, harrowing, and (unfortunately) it feels authentic. When I finished, I felt obliged to get a bit drunk.

    16. Difficult to get into/hard to understand at points. Very long and not much happens in my opinion. Keep in mind that I went into this knowing almost nothing about 1990s South Africa though.

    17. I love this book. I love it with my heart and soul. I love it for many reasons: its Faulkner-esque telling, in a fractured narrative, of a family of dirt poor whites dealing with the elections of '94 in South Africa. I love the transformation of the "farm novel" and how it resonates with the Southern Gothic genre of American lit. I love how the translator, Leon de Kock, kept intact the original Afrikaans vernacular and in turn, the authenticity and integrity of the story. Definitely one of the b [...]

    18. Triomf is a disturbing tale that highlights the hypocrisy of Apartheid in South Africa, albeit from a surprising perspective.It is about a poor, white Afrikaans family, who the reader does not really want to be acquainted with, but who will trap you in the same sticky web in which they hold each other. Its pleasantly readable prose is one of the reasons for this, but the 'inability to look away from a car crash' syndrome is probably more to blame.Van Neikerk reveals her characters slowly, puttin [...]

    19. Ik weet niet zo goed wat ik van dit boek vind. Het ene hoofdstuk boeide enorm, het volgende was dan weer niet zo interessant. Dat komt ook door de opbouw: aangezien in ieder hoofdstuk één gebeurtenis wordt besproken, is het erg afhankelijk van wat er gebeurt of het een interessant deel is. Het onderwerp boeide me wel, dus ik ga op dit moment voor drie sterren.

    20. This is probably a good choice for a South African reader or, at least someone with a great understanding of South African culture. It's been a difficult read for me, but, I'm sure that's due to my ignorance if South African culture.

    21. Not a very comfortable book to read, but so full of real people with the strangest characteristics. I knew they existed somewhere on the fringe of my world, but in reading this book I could be a fly on their wall and watch their sordid, dysfunctional lives unfold.

    22. Read it in Afrikaans if you can. I had a translation into English but since it is about an Afrikaans family and the author is Afrikaans it would be my first choice. Will find a copy and read it again.

    23. Gelezen na het magistrale Agaat en dat was misschien geen goed idee, ook al zit ik een half jaar in Zuid-Afrika en ken ik de meeste toespelingen. Zwaar onderwerp dat subtiel wordt benaderd, maar niet kernachtig genoeg. Moeten doorbijten rond 3/4, maar blij dat ik het uitgelezen heb.

    24. An amazing read to top off a month long trip to SA. Without knowing the history and culture it would be hard to follow, but these are some amazing characters who I would never want to meet but can't seem to forget.

    25. read it in afrikaans and it was special, i wonder if in english or other language is the same - a shocking story however - read the authors other novel too (agaat)i'm looking forward to her next novel

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