A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season The novel has become a landmark in South African literature about the seventies period of unrest and death in detention The main character is an ordinary man who tries to get at the truth behind the d

  • Title: A Dry White Season
  • Author: André Brink
  • ISBN: 9780006540144
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novel has become a landmark in South African literature about the seventies period of unrest and death in detention The main character is an ordinary man who tries to get at the truth behind the death of a black man He is not motivated by political issues but by a sense of moral outrage When he realises his life might be in danger, he entrusts all the documents of hThe novel has become a landmark in South African literature about the seventies period of unrest and death in detention The main character is an ordinary man who tries to get at the truth behind the death of a black man He is not motivated by political issues but by a sense of moral outrage When he realises his life might be in danger, he entrusts all the documents of his investigation to an old friend.

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    About “André Brink”

    1. André Brink

      Andr 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 Town.In 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 government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends His novel Kennis van die aand 1973 was the first Afrikaans book to be banned by the South African government.Brink s early novels were often concerned with the apartheid policy His final works engaged new issues raised by life in postapartheid South Africa.

    781 thoughts on “A Dry White Season”

    1. It is ironic that while reading this account of defying prejudice, I found myself prejudging the entire book based on the rather irrelevant and minor frame story at the beginning, and worked myself up into such a fit of disdain that I very nearly abandoned this brave and important work by André Brink.Brink risked his own reputation and safety to speak out about prejudice and injustice in South Africa in the late 1970s. A Dry White Season, once the frame story is dispensed with, tells of the bat [...]

    2. There's a trope in African-American literary works set in the Jim Crow era - namely, you should have, if you're black, a white protector, someone to turn to in time of need, to vouch for your character, someone to call you 'a good Negro'.This book, set in the apartheid-era South Africa, looks at the trope from another perspective; this is a story of a white man, Ben, who sponsors a black boy's education. The boy dies; the reason is police brutality. The white man cannot believe this could have h [...]

    3. Sometimes I love that I live under a rock. Because then I read things like this book, only to find out a movie was made of it starring Donald Sutherland, co-starring Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando. Hello, Rock; I hope you're comfortable on top of me.I sort of breezed through this book, which is totally the author's fault because it was just that good. I was invested the entire time. Ben Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in Johannesburg during the Apartheid. When a black friend comes to him for [...]

    4. The Philippines also had its dry white season. A long dry white season, almost 14 years from the time the then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972 up to the time he was deposed in a People Power revolution in 1986."it is a dry white seasondark leaves don't last, their brief lives dry outand with a broken heart they dive down gently headed for the eartht even bleeding is a dry white season brother,only the trees know the pain as they still stand erectdry like steel, their bran [...]

    5. I was introduced to the dream and nightmare that was South Africa around the same time A Dry White Season was published: 1979. I was ten, a 5th grader in an isolated, rural western Washington town. Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence, for A Dry White Season was a bestseller upon publication in the United States, but I recall our class watching a cartoon film of black African children, each drawn with tight black curls and toasted almond skin, holding hands and singing as they paraded through streets [...]

    6. This is an adult coming-age-story. What do you do, as an adult, when you realize the world is not what you thought it was; that everything you based your life upon was a lie? That's what Ben Du Toit faces. He believed the govt of South Africa when they said that blacks lived separatly, but equally, and were benelovently cared for by the white govt and its people. He had never had reason to consider it. Suddenly events forced him to confront the truth and he faced a choice--he could look away and [...]

    7. A timely reminder of the costs of rebellion against a repressive regime. The central character, Ben, is a middle aged lecturer, whose contentment in life is shattered when the university caretaker, and subsequently the caretaker's son, are brutally murdered by the police. Ben starts to investigate the murders and his life starts to unravel.The brilliance of this book is in how it describes the personal cost of political struggle. As Ben starts to take action against the state, he violates social [...]

    8. Ben du Toit, it is me, it is you. Ben teaches the history.His life is well organised between the school, the church and his family. He has nothing of a revolutionary, he is an average Afrikaner. And then his life is going to disrupt. The son of his gardener, an intelligent boy, was arrested during a protest march. He dies in prison. His father inquires because he wants to know the truth. He will be also arrested and will die in prison. For Ben it is unbearable. He wants to know.The genius of Bri [...]

    9. This is a well written mystery that unfolds page by page. It is enticing reading. I found it best to arrange my observations numerically.1) It is possible to live in an oppressive society and not come to terms with it. This is willful to differing degrees, depending on the information to which people were exposed. The whites living in apartheid, who benefited from the system, didn't want to acknowledge the horrors of the oppression upon which their position in society was built. Most simply didn [...]

    10. This is one of the most difficult books that I have read. The language itself is everyday South African English, interspersed with Afrikaans and 'Tsotsi- taal'. In addition, it is a work of fiction.And yet, how fictional is it really? Ben DuToit, Gordon Ngubene and their families may be fictional, but the setting and atrocities committed under Apartheid existed, and haunt us still.Gordon Ngubene's son Jonathan is detained during the Soweto riots. Gordon has no idea where he is and approaches Ben [...]

    11. This novel, written in 1979, takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a time of violence and unrest while the country is being torn about by apartheid. Jonathon is a young man taken by the police who dies in custody under suspicious circumstances. Jonathon's father, Gordon, attempts to investigate his son's death, and enlists the help of a schoolteacher, Ben Du Toit. Ben is an Afrikaner who has never really thought deeply about the system that rewards whites and gives them absolute powe [...]

    12. I appreciated this book a lot more when I read it for a writing course in college. The second time around, almost seven years later, I found it to be sometimes tiresome and often predictable (I have a terrible memory, by the way, so it's being predictable is the not the result of my ability to remember what was going to happen.). Written during the 1970s, this was certainly an important book for Apartheid South Africa. That said, the dialogue was often painfully weak. A lot of "one has to blah b [...]

    13. I could not put this book down. Andre Brink is an enormously talented writer and deserves the kind of international recognition that JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer enjoy.This book tells the story of Ben Du Toit, an unremarkable Afrikaner school teacher in 1970's Johannesburg. He becomes involved in the education of the school janitor's son, and after the adolescent is killed in the Soweto Riots, Ben begins helping the black janitor (Gordon) in his quest to uncover the truth. Brink's story unfold [...]

    14. Ben Du Toit and the narrator are white South Africans living in Johannesburg. Ben is a school teacher. Gordon Ngubene is a black man who is the janitor at the school where Ben teaches. When Gordon's son Jonathan is missing after a series of riots, and then is reported dead, Gordon turns to Ben as he investigates to learn what happened to his son. No sooner does Gordon learn the truth about Jonathan, than Gordon is taken into police custody and "commits suicide" two weeks later. Ben can't believe [...]

    15. This book, about living in South Africa under Apartheid, could be classified as a dystopian novel. The tension continually builds throughout the novel, (view spoiler)[leading ultimately in a downward spiral to the total destruction of the protagonist. In the epilogue we are left with the feeling that there may be some hope for justice, for the truth to come out, but only in the sense that the evidence survived. (hide spoiler)] In reality, we know that Apartheid did end - and that the events port [...]

    16. ‘There are only two types of madness we should guard against. One is the belief that we can do everything. The other is the belief that we can do nothing.’A Dry White Season is a sad, depressing look at racial prejudices in apartheid South Africa through the story of a white man trying to bring justice to the memory of a black man. Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher whose life changes when he becomes involved with the family of the school caretaker Gordon Ngubene. Set around the Soweto Riots the [...]

    17. I learned this morning that André Brink passed away yesterday. Then I spent a few of hours reading excerpts of some of the books of his that I’ve read. I have long loved A Dry White Season. It was a required book in some of the high school courses I used to teach and many of my students ranked it as one of their favorites. Most people who know about it have seen the movie that was made of the novel. I never saw it (I make a point of never watching movies made from books I like), but I was gla [...]

    18. Aside from the last 20 pages I found this book incredibly dull and unenjoyable. I think it could have been half the size and doubly effective. Ben was one of the worst characters I have EVER read about for the following reasons:- He was a fucking creep for 99.3% of this book (commenting on how a girl looks so childlike and vulnerable and then how sexy she is in the same breath??) - He had no respect for his family- He was quick to judge strangers (especially women's bodies) when, trust me, he wa [...]

    19. Ben Du Toit does not seem like the ideal protagonist for a novel, especially a resistance novel. He’s relatively comfortable in his ambitionless, middle class life. Like many white Afrikaners in Apartheid South Africa, he’s never wanted for anything – save, maybe, to commit himself passionately to something.But his life is upended when the son of a colleague dies mysteriously while in police custody. When the colleague, a black man, is arrested for inquiring into his son’s death, Ben is [...]

    20. Na het onder verdachte omstandigheden overlijden van zowel de concierge Gordon Ngubene als diens zoon Jonathan besluit de schoolleraar Ben du Toit het heft in eigen handen te nemen om de ware oorzaak boven tafel te krijgen. Dat deze leraar blank is en de slachtoffers zwart maakt het er in Zuid-Afrika tijdens het apartheidsregime niet eenvoudiger op. De veiligheidspolitie houdt hem nauwlettend in de gaten en de mensen die wel met Ben samenwerken verdwijnen een voor een uit zijn leven."Het is also [...]

    21. Is it too early in the year (Feb '18) to declare that this is going to be one of my favorite books this year?Set in 1970s in Johannisburg, this book will rip your guts out. It describes the political and social climate at the time and did it so well, that it was banned. There is a lot of sadness, but some wonderful moments of clarity in the story. All of it is wonderfully supported by the writing.

    22. Brink's writing is incredibly interesting and clever. He has the ability to write down thoughts and feelings that I didn't know could be put into words. This book is very densely packed with information, and a singular plot that consistently and relentlessly dominates the motion of the story. A Dry White Season is so detailed that it really feels like peering into another person's life and seeing the reality behind every experience. Amazing read.

    23. Having recently learned of Andre Brink's death at the age of 79, I found myself once again reading his potent condemnation of apartheid--Brink's courageous novel "A Dry White Season." Initially published in 1980, it still remains apparent to any reader that Mr. Brink was appalled by the horrific events that transpired only four years earlier; that bloody student uprising in Soweto when black school children protested against the authoritarian and dehumanizing strictures of apartheid. The level o [...]

    24. A Dry White Season was a deeply moving read. I must admit to being sceptical of Brink's literary prowess after the first book I read of his (Devil's Valley) - it wasn't a bad read by any stretch of imagination - it was an intricate book, but it seemed to lack a certain depth, or at least if it truly was exploring something then I missed it.On the other hand, A Dry White Season feels like an amalgamation of 1984 and Cry, the Beloved Country in a comparatively modern South Africa. The novel was pe [...]

    25. Dans la moiteur des nuits orageuses de Pretoria, Ben Du Toit découvre un monde tout proche et pourtant si loin de sa vie d'Afrikaner. Peu à peu, il ouvre des yeux incrédules sur un système qu'il cautionne par ignorance et par lâcheté et qui entretient une communauté, un peuple, dans le désespoir et la résignation. La naïveté de Ben est telle qu'il croit encore à une justice où toute notion de couleur ou de race serait abolie, mais dans les années quatre-vingt en Afrique du Sud, l'e [...]

    26. André P Brink het die een na die ander protesboek geskryf tydens die Apartheidsjare waarvan hierdie een was. Om dit nou weer te lees is om in ongeloof te wonder hoe dit gebeur het dat hierdie inligting destyds amper as heiligskennis weerhou was van die Afrikaners. Die boek sluit net nog 'n deel van die verborge geskiedenis oop wat, toe dit die eerste keer in 1979 gepubliseer was, te oorweldigend was om behoorlik ge-absorbeer te kon word. Die boek het nie so opslae gemaak soos sy eerste boek "Ke [...]

    27. **Reread this for the first time in years (five at least), and it was just as good as the first time. There's some groaner 1970s sexual politics here and there, but that's really its only flaw, and it has tremendous and pertinent things to say about enforced mental conformity to totalitarian or oppressive governments that benefit some at the expense of others. Easily my favorite Brink.Curious if there are different editions, as I swear I remember scenes from the version I read in South Africa th [...]

    28. A Dry White Season is a stunning but shocking novel. It's about Ben, a middle class teacher who forms part of the privileged ruling class during Apartheid in South Africa. He is dragged into the ugly underbelly of this world when the son of his black janitor, Gordon, is arrested and treated extremely poorly by the hands of the Secret Police. Ben starts from a point of total naivety, swallowing the pill distributed by the government that trials are fair, and the Secret Police are protecting the p [...]

    29. I had a slow start with this book, I think because of the framing narrator, but Ben de Toit's story hooked me right in after 50 pages or so. The slow burn of his struggle for justice after the death of a black friend and colleague Gordon Ngubene in police custody is gut-wrenching and painful, but at the same time redemptive. Of all the books I have read recently about Apartheid South Africa (from a white perspective) Brink is the most successful in articulating the impossibility of white individ [...]

    30. Quelques réflexions intéressantes sur la folie, la vie en société, l'incompréhension entre les races, les choix qu'on doit faire, la conscience, etcOn est tout de suite plongé dans l'histoire : bon sens du rythme.

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