A Blade of Grass

by Lewis Desoto | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780006392804 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 1/3/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 3, 2006
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Set on the border between South Africa and an unnamed country, A Blade of Grass is the taut story of two women, one white and one black, who struggle to save their farm and, ultimately, their lives. MSrit, a young woman of British descent, recently orphaned and newly wed, comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their new farm. Despite its Edenic setting, the land explodes in violence and tragedy, and MSrit finds herself caught in a tug of war between the local Afrikaner community and the black workers who live on her farm. Frightened, she turns to the only person who can help her, a young woman who is now also alone in the worldùher maid, Tembi.
As the novel builds to its devastating climax, it unfolds a tale both terrifying and hopeful, moving beyond its own time and place to become a universal story of the price of freedom.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, August 6, 2011
A young newlywed couple, Ben and Margit come to live on their farm in South Africa in the 1970s. Their farm borders a neighbouring country in turmoil. They are full of hopes and dreams as are most young couples.

Tembi is a young black worker in the farm, full of rebellion and also with her own dreams.

When violence erupts and Margit is widowed she is forced to look for help. The local Afrikaner community is not very welcoming and is leaving the countryside in fear. The black workers on the farm have no desire to obey a white mistress. Margrit refuses to leave and turns to Tembi for assistance.

This is a novel that questions all our values. Who does the land belong to? The purchasers, the workers, the natives or the animals? The countryside is described in breath-taking beauty. The only nit I have is that I wish a few situations were better described. Still, a wonderful novel that makes the reader think.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, November 12, 2011
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Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Marit is a young British wife to Ben when they move to Africa, purchase land, and try their hand at farming. Marit keeps to herself but enjoys the luxuries of going in to town and drinking at the local hotel. This is not a peaceful life. There's a war raging on the borders of their land and Ben one day drives over a bomb, killing himself. Marit is left to fend for herself in this foreign land, with strong barriers between whites and blacks. Marit befriends her maid, Tembi, bringing her in to the house to stay and treating her as an equal. What starts is an unlikely friendship.

Tembi and Marit have many troubles to contend with, including some distrust in each other, and their friendship is pushed to the limits. The story feels so real because it's not always happy and in fact becomes quite depressing at the end. The beginning was a bit slow but about half way through it I was having troubles putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. It's interesting to read a book about Africa and the tensions there as I haven't read many books on this subject. I enjoyed it!

Journal Entry 5 by perfect-circle at Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, January 30, 2012
Part of the fab birthday package from HoserLauren. This has been on my wishlist for a while, so very happy to receive this, thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by perfect-circle at Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A really descriptive read, bringing the racial tension of Africa sharply into focus.

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