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    It is ironic that while reading this account of defying prejudice I found myself prejudging the entire book based

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    This is probably Brink's most deservedly famous book and I have been wanting to read since reading Rumours Of Rain last year It is an impassioned and often brutal account of what happens when an ordinary man uestions an authoritarian state in this case the apartheid South Africa of the 70sBen Du Toit is an ordinary Afrikaner school history teacher He becomes involved when the first son of his school's caretaker a boy who has worked for Be

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    There's a trope in African American literary works set in the Jim Crow era namely you should have if you're black a white protector someone to turn to in time of need to vouch for your character someone to call you 'a good Negro'This book set in the apartheid era South Africa looks at the trope from another perspective; this is a

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    I'm not going to dissect the story per se what I found most significant in this critical look is the man vs man dynamic The story takes place at the beginning of the black uprising in the various black townships in S Africa

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    Sometimes I love that I live under a rock Because then I read things like this book only to find out a movie was made of it starring Donald Sutherland co starring Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando Hello Rock; I hope you're comfortab

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    I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was pu

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    The Philippines also had its dry white season A long dry white season almost 14 years from the time the then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972 up to the time he was deposed in a People Power revolution in 1986it is a dry white seasondark leaves don't last their brief lives dry outand with a broken heart they dive down gently headed for the earthnot even bleedingit is a dry white season bro

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    I appreciated this book a lot when I read it for a writing course in college The second time around almost seven years later I found it to be sometimes tiresome and often predictable I have a terrible memory by the way so it's being predictabl

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    It has long been my habit to start a book by looking at the cover giving than a glance at the copyright page skimming the acknowledgements and scanning the table of contents before beginning the actual book Surpr

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    Ben du Toit it is me it is you Ben teaches the historyHis life is well organised between the school the church and his family He has nothing of a revolutionary he is an average Afrikaner And then his life is going to disrupt The son of his gardener an intelligent boy was arrested during a protest march He dies

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As startling and powerful as when first published than two decades ago André Brink's classic novel A Dry White Season is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance the human condition and the heavy price of moralityBen Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johann. There s a trope in African American literary works set in the Jim Crow era namely you should have if you re black a white protector someone to turn to in time of need to vouch for your character someone to call you a good Negro This book set in the apartheid era South Africa looks at the trope from another perspective this is a story of a white man Ben who sponsors a black boy s education The boy dies the reason is police brutality The white man cannot believe this could have happened he is shocked torn looks for a rational explanation When the boy s father decides to investigate is arrested broken teeth are found in his dirty laundry his wife received and the next thing we learn is that he hanged himself in his cell Ben feels he must find out what happened why it happened and how someone could do it rationalize it and systematically cover all institutional violence torture harassment blackmailWhat I find most compelling about the book is that Ben cannot stop He does literally all in his power to expose the evil of the system he was so far unaware of to identify people responsible for the crimes and to find proofs of their guilt There is a nightmare aspect to it he wades deeper and deeper in and goes on because he cannot turn back He sees all kinds of corruption of the system but the corrupt system has very effective defense mechanismsThis novel was very very good Not a masterpiece but a powerfully written book on something of tremendous importance It is heavy but not gruesome much is thankfully left to the reader s imagination although this reader joined Amnesty International in the middle of their anti torture campaign in the early noughties and still remembers enough to connect most of the dots Very strongly recommended Najgorsze jest to e nie potrafi okre li ani nazwa przeciwnika Nie mog go wyzwa na pistolety Walczy ze mn nie cz owiek ani grupa ludzi ale rzecz co nieokre lone bezpostaciowe co niewidzialna wszechobecna pot ga kt ra czyta moje listy pods uchuje moje rozmowy przez telefon szkoli ideologicznie moich koleg w nakr ca przeciwko mnie uczni w przecina opony samochodu maluje napisy na drzwiach strzela w okna wysy a paczki z bombami pot ga kt ra dzie i noc dzie i noc ledzi ka dy m j krok krzy uje moje plany i stara si mnie zastraszy tocz c ze mn gr o regu ach wymy lonych i kapry nie zmienianych przez siebie sam

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S and desperate to believe that the man's death was a tragic accident Du Toit undertakes an investigation into the terrible affair a uest for the truth that will have devastating conseuences for the teacher and his family as it draws him into a lethal morass of lies corruption and murder. The Philippines also had its dry white season A long dry white season almost 14 years from the time the then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972 up to the time he was deposed in a People Power revolution in 1986it is a dry white seasondark leaves don t last their brief lives dry outand with a broken heart they dive down gently headed for the earthnot even bleedingit is a dry white season brotheronly the trees know the pain as they still stand erectdry like steel their branches dry like wireindeed it is a dry white seasonbut seasons come to passMongane Wally SeroteIf freedom may be compared to the life giving rain then that period in my country s history was a long drawn out drought RadioTV stations and newspapers were closed down journalists and people critical of the government were jailed without charges congress was abolished and the courts were made inutile by presidential decrees The exercise of civil liberties were curtailed by the use of force money intimidation and cunning There were a lot of disappearances and summary executions during the era of this dictatorship A classmate of mine in college this guy who was always smiling suddenly disappeared in the middle of the semester He was a member of the left leaning group called the League of Filipino Students and was very fond of uoting Marx I don t think he was a communist though At our age then 18 19 years old I do not believe anyone can be a real communist But everyone of us even those with just a modicum of intelligence could then see the rainless sky and feel the heat of that long dry white season the press were essentially allowed to operate after a while but they were all controlled by cronies of the dictator except for a few newspaper publishers who were nevertheless harassed in all manners possible and had to content themselves with very limited sales TV stations were all controlled by them public rallies were always met by forcible dispersals Warrantless arrests continued and there were continuing disappearances and summary executions Why There is a conversation here between the principal protagonist named Ben a peace loving white teacher who decided to act when confronted with an injustice done to a black family by the Gestapo euivalent in that country then and another character Bruwer Ben asked Bruwer why all these are happening and why can t conflicts be resolved by peaceful dialogues instead of violence Bruwer Because it s a matter of power Naked power That s what brought them there and keeps them there And power has a way of becoming an end in itselfOnce you have your bank account in Switzerland and your farm in Paraguay and your villa in France and your contacts in Hamburg and Bonn and Tokyo once a flick of your wrist can decide the fate of others you need a very active conscience to start acting against your own interests And a conscience doesn t stand up to much heat or cold it s a delicate sort of plantBen Then it would be madness to hope for even the most paltry form of changeBruwer There are only two kinds of madness one should guard against Ben One is the belief that we can do everything The other is the belief that we can do nothingI am sure my classmate who disappeared did not suffer from this second type of madness It was probably I who did This novel by Andre Brink is set in South Africa pre Mandela during the repressive white minority rule And damn I could have written a book like this myself the same materials are available here except that of course madmen are lazy and can t write well

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Esburg in a dark time of intolerance and state sanctioned apartheid A simple apolitical man he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies until the sudden arrest and subseuent suicide of a black janitor from Du Toit's school Haunted by new uestion. I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was published 1979 I was ten a 5th grader in an isolated rural western Washington town Perhaps it wasn t a coincidence for A Dry White Season was a bestseller upon publication in the United States but I recall our class watching a cartoon film of black African children each drawn with tight black curls and toasted almond skin holding hands and singing as they paraded through streets made of simple gray lines The words they sang never left me We are marching to Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Pretoria We are marching to Pretoria Pretoria Hooorah Of course it would be years decades before the irony of those lyrics hit me What that film was why it was shown in our classroom why we learned the lyrics to British military marching song or a Boer independence marching song or an American Civil War marching song for all are claimed as the song s origins are mysteries never to be solved I can only assume my teacher hopped on the same bus as The Weavers who sang the song for years without bothering to learn what it was about and once they did turned it into a protest song But of course it s easy to protest another country s political tyranny with folk songs from thousands of miles distant when it isn t your life on the edge when you don t risk family job property or your life to stand up and do the right thing For Ben Du Toit a white schoolteacher in Johannesburg doing the right thing never occurred to him until suddenly it became the reason for his existence As this story unfolds in the late 1970s apartheid is the accepted way of life Blacks are segregated in township ghettos a condition Afrikaners and other white South Africans treat with reactions ranging from mild concern to dogmatic approval But nearly all are oblivious to the effect racial segregation injustice and abuse has on the human beings who clean their homes tend their gardens and who are disappeared by the authorities for crimes real and mostly imagined It isn t until Gordon a janitor at Ben s school pleads for his help in locating Gordon s missing son that Ben wakes up to the reality around him Ben follows protocol solicits an attorney and restricts himself to the usual channels of inuiry At least in the beginning When Gordon is detained by the police Ben is drawn into a much darker drama beyond the borders of his reasonable tidy life This is a political story Ben remains something of a cipher a mild mannered oddly passive husband father teacher who is motivated not so much by affection or concern for Gordon and his family but by a blossoming sense of social justice In that this is not so much the story of a man but of a nation of men It is no surprise that A Dry White Season was banned in South Africa soon after its publication there for it is a strident call to action by a white man to his fellow white citizens It is an appeal to resist defy expose even when fighting back seems futile agains the might of a wealthy armed regime It is the shedding of ignorance innocence passivity It is a story of betrayals and loss of courage There are some awkward stylistic choices insertions of Ben s diary that seem to want to lend humanity and color to an otherwise monochromatic personality but the prose is refined and confident and careful I suirmed a few times at the drifting of Ben s narrative toward the White Savior but I wonder how much of that is my own baggage and an armchair reflection of this history nearly forty years later I am so glad to have read this book a classic indictment of apartheid that has not lost its power or relevance in a time when race dominates our national conversation and international imperatives

  • Paperback
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  • 'n Droë Wit Seisoen
  • André Brink
  • English
  • 20 February 2019
  • 9780061138638

About the Author: André Brink

André Philippus Brink was a South African novelist He wrote in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape TownIn the 1960s he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers The Sixty ers These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid go