False River by Dominique Botha

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Read False River Online Free - “You are too close to the water,” Paul whispered. “There are barbels in the mud. They will wake up if you step on them.”

When Paul and Dominique are sent to boarding schools in Natal, their idyllic childhood on a Free State farm is over. Their parents’ leftist politics has made life impossible in the local dorp school. Angry schoolboy Paul is a promising poet, his sister his confidant. But his literary awakening turns into a descent. He flees the oppression of South Africa, only to meet his death in London.

Dominique Botha’s poignant debut is an elegy to a rural existence and her brother – both now forever lost. The novel is based on true events.



Title : False River
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ISBN : 141520540X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 202 pages


Reviews


Margitte rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2017

BLURB “You are too close to the water,” Paul whispered. “There are barbels in the mud. They will wake up if you step on them.” When Paul and Dominique are sent to boarding schools in Natal, their idyllic childhood on a Free State farm is over. Their parents’ leftist politics has made life impossib...


Ruth rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2013

Dominique Botha's dense, gorgeous novel-memoir, dedicated to her parents, tells the growth and dissolution of her brother, Paul. Raised together on Rietpan, the Free State farm owned and inhabited by the Botha family for generations, Dominique and Paul explore childhood and adolescence together o...


Tania rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2016

Hulle g-klank kom op die tone in en maak die deur saggies toe, nie soos in Afrikaans waar die g's soos stoele oor 'n baksteenvloer gesleep word nie. 4.5 sterre. Valsrivier herinner my weer hoekom Afrikaans die taal van my hart is, Dominique Botha mag maar skryf. Die boek lees amper soos poësie, en...


Minnie rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2013

Nadine Gordimer het eenmaal gese dat 'n mens moet skryf asof jy 'n weeskind is. Maritha van der Vyver het iets soortgelyks gese toe sy se met elke boek verloor jy 'n familielid. Die woorde het my deurgans bygebly tydens my lees van Valsrivier. Sonder om te skroom het Dominique haar storie vertel....


Ray rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2014

Perhaps it is the fact that I grew up on a farm and attended boarding school for 12 years, but I found this coming of age story absolutely riveting. It's descriptions of rural life and its objects are at once poetic and true. They pull you willingly into Botha's partly autobiographical world. But...


Lizé rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2013

Een van die beste boeke wat ek nog gelees het. Die afrikaans in hierdie boek leef!! Beelde word lewendig, 'n mens ruik die Vrystaat-rooigrond-stof. Ook beskikbaar as FALSE RIVER in Engels. Paul en ek het op 'n stadium langs mekaar in die klas gesit. Dominique en ek het by dieselfde musiekonderwys...


Helena rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2014

Dominique Botha se debuutroman is 'n kragtoer in Afrikaanse prosa. Ek gaan nie die storielyn en karakters hier opsom nie, dit is reeds gedoen. Wat ek egter wil uitlig is die twee sake wat die grootste indruk op my gemaak het: Paul Botha se politieke ontwaking en gepaardgaande vervreemding van die...


Marike rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2013

'n Meesleurende verhaal wat my nog lank gaan bybly!


Danelle rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

I loved this book! First Afrikaans book I read in some years and now I'm excited to get back into it. Such poetically beautiful words and a lovely story, entrenched in our South African and Afrikaner history.


Liralen rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2015

False River is described as an autobiographical novel, and I'd love to know just how much liberty was taken. I found some interviews with Botha (was trying to decide whether to shelve this as fiction or nonfiction), and she basically says that it's marketed as nonfiction because memory is fallibl...





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