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Rumours of Rain

Corched bush Martin Mynhardt a wealthy Afrikaner plans a weekend at his old family farm But his visit coincides with a time of cris. And with this book the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising but it soon became tiresome Fundamentally I just don t think it s properly a novel In 1978 the fashion for novels as moral and historical edification was perhaps not what it has become now but I did read it now and I am heartily tired of this mode One comes away from this book thinking that the message appears to be that apartheid is bad and so is the war with Angola Again perhaps this was a necessary message in 1978 than it is now but I was convinced of this before I read page one The characters appear to exist largely to personify various issues and types and not as characters in their own right and metaphors of apartheid as male compartmentalization are heavy handed I also simply do not believe that a woman like Bea would date our narrator nor he her if it comes to that adding disbelief to her role as symbol of the woman who feels things as we all should It s sad that the most interesting and real character would be the narrator and even he lapses into treatise style discourse as Brink appears to be trying to put the case for apartheid up next to the case against it I was frankly relieved to reach the end I know it s possible to write big novels of ideas and I do love them but this is a novel of an idea a novel with a message and it s not the same thing

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Winter in South Africa a time of searing drought angry stirrings in Soweto and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the s. I rate Rumours of Rain very highly I confess though that I haven t read any Gordimer and very little Coetzee so this view of South African apartheid has probably been very well fictionalisedfactionalised elsewhere It s unusual to come across a story where from start to finish the narrator our eyes and ears is the most reviled character Once I had a true feel for Martin Mynhardt as apologist for the spurious justification of apartheid I felt as reader actively engaged in seeing through the nonsense being promoted I found this a great narrative deviceMy only criticism of Rumours of Rain is that the odious main character Martin Mynhardt so openly revealed as a narcissist exploitative in every respect is loved by Bernard Franken and Bea Fiorini and marries Elise Surely Martin would not be surrounded by good people In the case of his son Louis this is convincing we cannot choose our parents or children and the fractured relationship between father and son concluded as expectedThat said I read a sports tennis booksemi autobiography this summer 2016 A Handful of Summers It was written in 1978 by a South African tennis player Gordon Forbes I hated it My review at the time mentioned recurrent sexism bordering on misogyny throughout Martin Mynhardt s musings on women sounded familiar P424 if one cannot reach one s goal with a woman within a reasonable time the relationship becomes uneconomical the investment too large for the eventual returnsIn A handful of Summers the author freely acknowledges that he picked up the women overlooked by his much better mannered and gracious friend And here we have Martin taking advantage of goodwill by association with his friend BernardReading this twenty five years after apartheid s end I suspect I felt rather less despair than I would have in 1978 It didn t make the book any less enjoyable and probably even so than had I read Rumours of Rain on release

André Brink Ó 3 read

Is in his personal life In a few days the security of a lifetime is destroyed and Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of his futu. A great South African novel Very crafty with great dialogue and plot construction The hero is not a likeable guy but one sees a very important world through his eyes and his senses and his distorted cultural and political thinking Very important look at the seventies in the country a crucial periodThe prose is very how shall I describe it without using a cliche I can t so it s spare and robust The descriptions of the African countryside and the weather and the horizon are all wonderful evoking incredible feelings and memories and providing atmosphere that you can cut with a knifeA very enjoyable and absorbing read

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  • Rumours of Rain
  • André Brink
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  • 11 July 2018
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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



10 thoughts on “Rumours of Rain

  1. says:

    I will start with a little contextual background The Mookse and the Gripes group has chosen a historic Booker shortlist to discuss and evaluate in the way we have been discussing the most recent one and 1978 was the year that won the vote The 1978 prize was won by Iris Murdoch's The Sea the Sea which was a worthy winner but for me this book is almost as goodBrink's narrator Martin Mynhardt must have been constructed to personif

  2. says:

    There comes a day when for the first time violence is used not because it is unavoidable but because it is easier There comes a day when for the first time a leader is allowed to promote his own interests simply because he happens to be the leader There comes a day when for the first time the weak one is exploit

  3. says:

    I rate Rumours of Rain very highly I confess though that I haven’t read any Gordimer and very little Coetzee so this view of South African apartheid has probably been very well fictionalisedfactionalised elsewhere It's unusual to come across a story where from start to finish the narrator our eyes and ears is the most reviled character Once I had a true feel for Martin Mynhardt as apologist for the spurious justifica

  4. says:

    And with this book the 1978 Booker shortlist ends with a whimper This started out promising but it soon became tiresome Fundamental

  5. says:

    Well written complex shocking at times engaging A very intimate look into South Africa during apartheid from an unsympathetic Afrikaner's point of view The narrative unfolds slowly but it's well worth the time and effort H

  6. says:

    35 starsThoughts to come

  7. says:

    I have to say this was a really hard read because I had such an early dislike for the main character not that one was supposed to feel that way but it was the nature of the person A historical perspective that I have never experienced and I feel I learned an incredible amount by reading

  8. says:

    A great South African novel Very crafty with great dialogue and plot construction The hero is not a likeable guy but one se

  9. says:

    Another life changing book that I read in my youth in a country that was at the time torn to shreds by Apartheid If I remember corre

  10. says:

    I am the biggest Brink Fan on the planet He is my favourite author so I am biased with all of his work Don't expect a balanced review from me As with all Brinks work the backdrop is apartheid South Africa and the stuggles of white and black al

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