n English in Africa - André Brink, Mevrou Sadie and Me : reflections on and beyond Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink : review article
|Article Title||André Brink, Mevrou Sadie and Me : reflections on and beyond Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink : review article|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||May 2014|
|Pages||181 - 198|
When my matric Afrikaans teacher drank himself to death in March 1962, he was replaced for the remainder of the year by Mevrou Sadie. Although she held a position of sorts in the Kimberley branch of the National Party - dour in its Calvinism - Mev. Sadie was a free spirit, or seen so by us at our all-boys high school. She would have agreed with André Brink's own reflections on what motivated his early novel, Lobola vir die lewe (1962) [Bride Price for Life]: an Afrikaans literature that, at the time, was "really in the doldrums. It was still carrying on with the old nineteenth-century naturalistic approach. It was all about droughts and locusts and poor whites" (Brink, qtd. in Wroe, Contrary 31).
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