Robert Taubman, 20 May 1982
Show More A Chain of Voices by André Brink.
Faber, 525 pp., £7.95, May 1982, 0 571 11874 7Show More
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Carcanet, 252 pp., £6.75, March 1982, 0 85635 396 5Show More
Before she met me by Julian Barnes.
Cape, 183 pp., £6.50, April 1982, 0 224 01985 6Show More
Providence by Anita Brookner.
Cape, 183 pp., £6.95, May 1982, 0 224 01976 7Show More
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Hamish Hamilton, 264 pp., £7.95, May 1982, 0 241 10805 5Show More
“... The voices in A Chain of Voices are those of 30 characters, Boer farmers and their hired labourers and slaves, in the Cape in the early 19th century. The voices are ‘all different yet all the same’: they have a situation in common, and its main features are oppression and revolt. The novel is a series of interior monologues, which record the events of a local slave rising in the Bokkeveld in 1825, the individual histories of those concerned, and the folk memories that help to explain the situation: We of the Khoin, we never thought of these mountains and plains, these long grasslands and marshes as a wild place to be tamed ...”