By Andre Brink
On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to dying. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, was once raised along the lads who may turn into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a fruits of kinfolk tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the dwelling and the lifeless, a sequence of Voices is resembling William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a attractive and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.
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It was a near thing,” I hear Nicolaas say. “He almost got Galant. ” I stare at the others. Is no one going to say anything? All they seem to be able to do is grin stupidly, staring past me. Then they shoulder me out of the way to get closer to the lion, to kneel beside it and touch it and look at its worn and broken teeth, to comb their fingers through its knotted mane. “On its last legs,” the Oubaas says. “Probably couldn’t catch buck any more. So he was driven from his pride and became a loner.
All the tracks run together. Look at my feet. Always coming back to Ma-Rose. Ma-Rose smelling of dungfire and buchu, warm as a kaross protecting you against the world, 31 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 32 ANDRÉ BRINK surrounding you like an attic filled with smells. Ma-Rose with her cure for every ill. Buchu for the bladder, touch-me-not for gargling, wild garlic for croup and honey-tea to cheer you up, bitter roots for colic, dagga for sore eyes, aloe for the stomach, little davids for constipation, something for everything.
And why? There’s nothing special about it at all— Whenever we can find a reason we scramble up the ladder to the attic. Its unforgettable smells: bunches of onions hanging from the beams; pumpkins and pomegranates; the sweet-sour quinces in winter; the two yellowwood coffins filled to the brim with raisins and dried peaches and apricots; the all-pervading smell of bush-tea, plucked in the mountains and warmed in the baking oven to “sweat,” then thrashed with whips and spread out to dry on the broad floorboards of the attic.
A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink