24 June 2010
Nuusbrief No 21
Lekker SOCCA FEVER !! Ons sal een van die dae boeke moet uit haal omdat ons kratte te vol word. So boek klub word nou omtrent 'n
Volgende boek klub is by Corne en sal 10 teen 1 weer 'n Sondag piekniek in die park wees vir 'n lekker verandering.
Geniet die res van die sokker en onthou van ons web werf. Enige lid wat iets wil skryf of nuus wil breek kan dit na my stuur sodat ons dit op ons
web werf sit.
Ons reviews deur lesers groei ook goed en is al amper 9 bladsye lank
Dis koue kos skat
Marita van der Vyver
Marita van der Vyver se jongste is die vertroude gehalte in 'n splinternuwe gedaante - dis 'n briefroman! Dis Koue Kos, Skat is
die briewe en e-pos van 'n vrou in haar liefde verlaat; dit is briewe wat gil van woede, pleit om begrip en skreeu om wraak. Die
verhaal ontvou in korrespondensie wat oor 'n dekade geskryf is - aan 'n ontroue man en vriendinne. Clara Brand se man,
Bernard, verlaat haar vir Anais, een van Clara se beste vriendinne. Die briewe wys die verskeie 'stasies' van Clara se
herstelproses: woede, aanvaarding, nuwe vryheid, herstel van haar sekslewe, hernieude bande met haar eks-man, die
deurlopende poging om haar kinders normaal groot te maak. Uiteindelik eindig Bernard se tweede huwelik ook op die rotse
(nie deur Clara se toedoen nie), en wanneer hy weer tot haar toenadering soek, besef sy dat sy uiteindelik finaal van hom
verlos is, en as gewone vriendin saam met hom sal kan aansit vir 'n ete. Dis Koue Kos, Skat is 'n vreeslose ontboeseming; dit
is slim, genuanseerd en gesofistikeerd. Dit is 'n eerlike, lewensgetroue en verkwiklike uitbeelding van Graham Greense se
uitspraak: 'We do not have to win the battle of the sexes, we merely have to survive it.'
Oros vir die siel
Op die ouderdom van twee-en-veertig het Kyle van Aswegen oenskynlik alles: 'n skatryk man, twee normale tienerkinders, 'n
weelderige huis en moody copper highlights in haar hare. Maar die man praat feitlik niks, die kinders toon aweregse neigings,
die huis raak al hoe meer soos 'n tronk en die highlights voel net moody. Vir meer as dertig jaar probeer Kyle om die gat in
haar binneste vol te maak. Die gat wat oopgeruk is toe sy haar ma met onsiende oe langs die geel linoleumtafel aangetref
het. So lank al probeer sy die Oros vir die siel vind wat haar ma voortdurend ontwyk het – in drank, dwelms, seks, geld. Tot sy
op die dag van haar man se vyftigste verjaarsdag besef dat daar te veel pointers is om die uitnodiging langer te ignoreer: Sy
sal die kerkding probeer. En die Here praat met haar, reguit en duidelik. By Hom kan sy die swaar tas afgooi en die inhoud
uitskud, kry sy die moed om alles uit die kas te laat kom wat haar lewe so moeilik gemaak het. Maar dis nie ’n quick fix nie, en
die grootste toets le nog voor.
Nou's ons in ons donner in
Johan C Bakkes
Na die groot sukses wat hy met sy debuut, Moer toe die vreemde in, behaal het, keer Johan C. Bakkes terug met nog 'n
bundel verhale wat vertel van sy talle reise en buitengewone ervarings. Of dit nou gaan oor die uitklim van Ras Deshen, die
hoogste kruin in Ethiopie, of 'n reis na die Danakil-woestyn, een van die mees onherbergsame gebiede op aarde (daar waar
jou skoene smelt en jy letterlik kan voel hoe jou voete gaar word!), of wedervaringe veel nader aan die huis. Nou's ons in ons
donner in is 'n titel wat die avonturier in elke leser sal wakker maak. Want soos die skrywer self se: "Reis net saam, want die
werklike reis is meesal anders as die droomreis - of is dit?"
Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he’s been searching for - and wishes to
God he hadn’t. In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and
wonders why her mother has abandoned her. In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer called Giles
Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection. In a remote community in
the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home, so he can kill him. Bound
together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have
imagined. And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man’s darkest
dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human.
Beatrice and Virgil
Fate takes many forms. When a letter from an elderly taxidermist drops onto Henry's doormat it poses a puzzle that he cannot
resist. As he is pulled closer to the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the
lives of a donkey and a howler monkey - named Beatrice and Virgil - and the epic journey they undertake together. With all
the charm and spirit that brought over seven million readers worldwide to Life of Pi, this novel takes the reader on a
tremendous imaginative odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about the nature of human cruelty, kindness
and the liberating power of stories.
When it comes to giving advice on divorce issues and impounded pets, 13-year-old Theodore Boone is first choice with his
teachers and classmates. Theo knows more about the law than most lawyers. But he also knows he has no business getting
involved in his home town’s first murder trial in years. That is, until a witness tells Theo he saw things the day of the murder
that could bust the case wide open. The only problem is, he’s too scared to talk – Theo is the only person he’ll trust. With the
trial about to be lost for lack of evidence, and a witness who won’t take the stand, suddenly Theo finds himself caught in the
middle of his – and the town’s – biggest case ever . . .
Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso offer guarding services to the rich in Cape Town, but they want out: tired of the egos and of
being shot at, they invest dirty money in a property deal. Obed Chocho is their ruthless opposing bidder and his lawyer,
Sheemina February, is as manipulative as he. Part of her agenda concerns her past with Mace. In this mix is Judge Telman
Visser, the head of a commission of inquiry into an arms deal scandal, and a son worried that his aging parents aren't safe on
their farm. Mace is hired to protect them, taking his daughter along for the ride. But Chocho and February send a hitman,
Spitz, to take out Visser's parents. In the second part of the novel Mace and Pylon, well used to taking matters into their own
hands, try to track down the killer and play judge and executioner in an attempt to right wrongs. But they have not factored
into the intrigue the role of Sheemina February. Or her wrath.
Plaasmoorde het nooit juis vasstrapplek gekry in die ylbevolkte Noord-Kaap nie - maar dan word Freddie Swarts, 'n
dertigjarige opkomende skilder, en haar aangenome dogter aaklig vermoor. Speurder-inspekteur Albertus
Beeslaar, pas uit Johannesburg verplaas om 'n nuwe veediefstal-eenheid op die been te bring, moet die hoeprofiel-
Review op Plaasmoord en Killer Country deur Kerneels Breytenbach
Twee van die belangrikste Suid-Afrikaanse romans van ons tyd is spanningsverhale: Karin Brynard se Plaasmoord en Mike -Nicol se Killer
Country. Albei -beweeg op die tussengebied van literêre werk en verstrooiingslektuur. Albei is verbrands goed geskryf, met karakters wat
oorweldigend is in hul vol afgerondheid.
Maar waar Brynard op rustige manier ál nader aan die kern van die saak beweeg, spring Nicol met ’n vaart weg en besorg jou met senuwees aan
flarde by die eindpunt.
Brynard ontgin ons tydsgewrig aan die hand van morele vergang op die platteland; Nicol lê die gebrek aan ’n morele sentrum in ons samelewing
Trouens, Killer Countryhet die laaste ruk gesorg dat ’n hele debat aan die gang gekom het oor die misdaad-publikasies van die laaste paar jaar –
dit toon ’n verskuiwing, selfs transformasie, aan van die manier waarop Suid-Afrikaners uit alle omgewings ons land sien en beoordeel.
Killer Country is in feitlik alle opsigte ’n skitterende roman. Kortliks handel dit oor twee ou MK-veterane, Mace Bishop en Pylon Buso, wat ’n
veiligheidsmaatskappy bestuur. Hulle word gevra om ’n regter en sy pa te beskerm, presies in dieselfde tyd dat ene Obed Chocho, über-gangster-
cum-sakeman, die die tronk Obed ses word.
Die regter was uit een wat vrygelaat jaar weggesit het. Obed se prokureur, ’n vuurvreter genaamd Sheemina February, het ’n ongesonde
obsessie met Mace. Sy sorg dat Mace al hoe sterker in haar visier kom namate twee huurmoordenaars wat sy kontrakteer vir verskeie sake, hul
sake afgehandel kry. Die lyktelling groei.
Die verhaal is dig verweefd, en die gang vinnig. Dit speel af in ’n omgewing wat goed bekend is aan Kapenaars en tussen die soort mense wat ’n
mens omtrent as familie kan eien. En soms in die soort swierige plekke waaroor ons net kan droom.
Sowat van spanning het ek lanklaas beleef – ek oordryf nie as ek sê dit is ’n skitterende spanningsverhaal hierdie nie. Nicol stroop sy skryfwerk
van versiering en verkry sy emotiewe krag uit die mense en hul wedervarings. Dis taal met spiere.
Die ding is net – en dis hier waarKiller Country’n groter roman word as wat dit op die oog af is – die Suid-Afrika wat hier beskryf word, is een van
algehele morele verval en korrupsie. Die skeidslyne tussen die sake- en misdaadwêreld is vaag.
Geregsdienaars vul hul salarisse aan deur vir die misdadigers te moonlight. Tronkbewaarders tree op soos lyfbediendes vir die magtige gangsters
wat agter tralies sit. Sluipmoordenaars doen net wat hulle wil – en in hierdie geval is die twee sluipmoordenaars omtrent omruilbaar met Mace en
Pylon wat betref hul morele en etiese plasing binne die falanks van karakters.
Al wat Mace en Pylon van die belhamels onderskei, is dat hulle vroue en kinders het en net nominaal in belang van reg en geregtigheid optree. Die
twee belhamels, Spitz en Manga, is ook volledig gestroop van beskaafde waardes, ofskoon hulle onderling ’n vreemde soort medemenslikheid het
en Spitz uiteindelik ook toon dat trots ’n ongelooflike sterk dryfveer in vergelding kan wees.
In sommige opsigte kan die soort boosheid wat ’n mens by karakters soos Obed kry, begryp word in die konteks van die soort boewery wat ’n
mens in baie romans oor gangsters kry.
Maar die inherente, ontluikende prima-boosheid van Sheemina February is ’n nuutjie in die Suid-Afrikaanse lektuur. Sy is ’n monster – maar ek
verstout my om te sê dat ’n mens met ’n mate van teerheid aan haar dink.
Laasgenoemde dalk omdat ou rasse-skeidslyne nie in hierdie roman geld nie en die boosheid net so geil groei onder die MK-manne (Umkhonto
weSizwe) as onder die gewone burgery.
Wat probeer Mike Nicol hiermee sê? Dat ons land onredbaar is? Ek twyfel. ’n Roman soos hierdie het tog ’n implisiete morele sentrum, naamlik dié
van die leser. Die korrektief kom van buite.
In effek dwing Nicol die leser dan om stelling in te neem, om te sê dat dít nie is hoe die land behoort te wees nie.
Killer Country is die tweede deel van die Revenge-trilogie (die eerste deel was Payback).
Die hoop wat Nicol uithou, soos iemand reeds tereg opgemerk het, is dat hy in die laaste deel van die trilogie die uiteindelike katarsis en die herstel
van ’n identifiseerbare morele orde in Suid-Afrika sal skilder.
Mag die hoop nie beskaam nie!
Kerneels Breytenbach is ’n afgetrede uitgewer.
Seven o'clock, on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar
again...Maddy Smith was born with a rusty-coloured runemark on her hand - a symbol of the old gods and definitely cause for
suspicion. For magic is dangerous. Or so everyone thinks. But Maddy enjoys working magic. Even if it is just to control some
pesky goblins. And every time her friend, One-Eye - a good-for-nowt Outlander - comes by, he teaches her more and more
about the gods and the runes. Now he wants Maddy to open Red Horse Hill and descend into World Below to retrieve a relic
of the old gods. Otherwise it is likely to be the End of Everything. Again...An epic romp into the heart of the old Norse tales:
wild, dangerous, richly inventive and superbly imaginative.
Behind the scenes at the museum
Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster
telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here
she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged
five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby...Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the
end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers
in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.
Mao's Last Dance
This is the true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others
across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest
ballet stars. Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, this is a great drama. His childhood, despite the
terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the
Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic
defection. This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.
Shortlisted for the Exclusive Books Boeke Prys 2010
It was Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will
never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside
Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is by some way the
sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won't protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until
there's a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone.
But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a
clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what?
"The Help" is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. Itis about
how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who
look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you.
Last night in Twisted River
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy
mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run
from Coos County - to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto - pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is
a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted
River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as 'a living replica of Coos County,
where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course'. From the novel's taut opening sentence - 'The young
Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long' - to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in
Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for
Owen Meany. It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irving's breakthrough bestseller, The World According to
Garp. What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice - the inimitable voice of an
accomplished storyteller. Near the end of this moving novel, John Irving writes: 'We don't always have a choice how we get to
know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly - as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from
Heaven to Earth - the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives'.
Extremly loud & Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian,
percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the
September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's
closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the
bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
Madoff - the man who stole $ 65 Billion
Take the combined fortunes of Bill Gates, Tiger Woods and Roman Abramovich. Now imagine someone stealing that much
money - and being hailed as a financial genius. That man is Bernard Madoff. Backed by governments and global banks,
Madoff defrauded $65 billion from charities and individual investors including Stephen Spielberg. Finally turned in by his own
sons, Madoff opened his door in his dressing gown to be arrested by the FBI. Eleven charges and eleven guilty verdicts later
he swapped his penthouse for a prison cell. Only $1 billion was left. Madoff is the first definitive account of the rise and fall of
the biggest fraudster ever. It's a story of greed, betrayal and lies, of remorseless risk-taking, family tragedy and financial
disaster. Investigative reporter Erin Arvedlund was the first to expose Madoff back in 2001, but Wall Street and the world
didn't listen. In this astonishing book, she answers the crucial unsolved questions: why and when did Madoff turn his business
into a massive fraud? How did he fool so many investors for so long? Who knew the truth? And who, ultimately, is Bernard
Martin Cruz Smith
Moscow lies deep under snow, and Arkady Renko is on the trail of a suspect police officer, a former Black Beret who served
with glory against the insurgency in Chechnya. But proof of the man's corruption is proving more elusive to gather. Then
Renko's unpopular boss calls him in to handle a delicate matter: passengers riding the last metro of the night have reported
seeing the ghost of Stalin waving to them from the platform edge. Every night at the same time, regular as clockwork.
Meanwhile, his adopted son, Zhenya has disappeared, and his girlfriend, Eva, has reignited an affair with the very officer
Arkady is investigating. Renko is assigned the help of an expert Stalinist, a decorated war hero and chess grandmaster. Not
everyone, it seems, likes the fact that Stalin is dead...Not only an original and deeply humane thriller, 'Stalin's Ghost' is also a
wonderful evocation of the emerging New Russia where only too often the troubles of the present erupt into double-cross,
murder and grand chess stratagems...
The Fox and the Flies
Charles van Onselen
At the end of the nineteenth century European pimps and 'white slavers' established a hugely successful global market for
commercial sex and for three turbulent decades before the First World War, Joseph Silver was central to this hidden world of
betrayal, intrigue, lust and sexual slavery. Burglar, gun-runner and trafficker in women on four continents, Silver was a
disturbed adolescent, youthful predator and adult misogynist whose notoriety was captured in the most confidential
correspondence of a dozen countries in the western world. But what those in charge of law-enforcement agencies kept to
themselves was how their officers had attempted to use Silver as an informer to infiltrate syndicates, only to have him outwit
them as he moved in the dangerous space between police and prostitutes.In this brilliant study, Charles van Onselen situates
the private life of one man amidst the demi-monde of the Atlantic world and casts a brilliant light on the most infamous serial
killer of all time - Jack the Ripper.
It is the 1970s in Northern California. A farmer and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work the land with the help of
Coop, the enigmatic young man who lives with them. Theirs' is a makeshift family, until they are riven by an incident of
violence - of both hand and heart - that 'sets fire to the rest of their lives'. This is a story of possession and loss, about the
often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. Written in the sensuous prose for which Michael Ondaatje's fiction is
celebrated, "Divisadero" is the work of a master story-teller.
Author Review - Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and moved to England with his mother in 1954. After relocating to Canada in
1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. He studied for a time at Bishop's College School and Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but
moved to Toronto, where he received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He then began
teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 1970, he settled in Toronto and, from 1971 to 1988, taught English Literature
there at York University and Glendon College.
Ondaatje and his wife, novelist and academic Linda Spalding, co-edit Brick, A Literary Journal, with Michael Redhill, Michael Helm, and Esta
His style of fiction was introduced in Coming Through Slaughter (1976) and mastered in The English Patient (1992). He creates a narrative by
exploring many interconnected snapshots in minute detail.
Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work has also includes autobiography, poetry and film. A semi-fictional memoir of his Sri
Lankan childhood is called Running in the Family (1982). He's published thirteen books of poetry, and won the Governor General's Award for two
of them: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970) and There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning to Do: Poems 1973-1978 (1979).
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter have been adapted for the stage and produced in numerous theatrical
productions across North America. Ondaatje's three films include a documentary on fellow poet B.P. Nichol, Sons of Captain Poetry, and The
Clinton Special: A Film About The Farm Show, which chronicles a collaborative theatre experience led in 1971 by Paul Thompson of Theatre
Passe Muraille. In 2002, Ondaatje published a non-fiction book, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, which won special
recognition at the 2003 American Cinema Editors Awards, as well as a Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for best book of the year on the moving
Since the 1960s, Onadaatje has been involved with Toronto's influential Coach House Books, supporting the independent small press by working
as a poetry editor.
He is well known for five other works of fiction:
Anil's Ghost — winner of the 2000 Giller Prize, the Prix Médicis, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the 2001 Irish Times International Fiction
Prize and Canada's Governor General's Award.
The English Patient — winner of the Booker Prize, the Canada Australia Prize, and the Canadian Governor General's Award and later made into a
motion picture, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. The English Patient can be considered a sequel to In the Skin of a Lion (1987).
In the Skin of a Lion — A fictional story about early immigrant settlers in Toronto, it is the winner of the 1988 City of Toronto Book Award, finalist for
the 1987 Ritz Paris Hemingway Award for best novel of the year in English, and winner of the first Canada Reads competition in 2002.
Coming Through Slaughter — a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden
and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award
Divisadero — Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.
In 1988, Ondaatje was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) and two years later a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of
Arts and Letters.
He has two children and is the brother of philanthropist, businessman and author Christopher Ondaatje. His nephew David is a film director and
screenwriter who made the 2009 film The Lodger.
Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda Spalding, with whom he edits the literary journal Brick . His new novel is Divisadero (2007).