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Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena [PDF / EPUB] Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena Elsa Joubert se strak joernalistieke beskrywing van die lewe van die swartvrou Poppie Nongena is 'n aangrypend menslike portret en tegelyk ook 'n belangrike stuk hedendaagse geskiedskrywing Van die bo Elsa Joubert se strak joernalistieke beskrywing van van Poppie ePUB ´ die lewe van die swartvrou Poppie Nongena is 'n aangrypend menslike portret en tegelyk ook 'n belangrike stuk hedendaagse geskiedskrywing Van die boek is gese dat die Afrikaner hierna nooit weer sal kan se Maar ons het nie geweet nie.


About the Author: Elsa Joubert

Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena has been van Poppie ePUB ´ translated into languages and also staged as a drama.



10 thoughts on “Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena

  1. says:

    This book was recommended to me by an independent bookseller in Cape Town when I asked “If you were to recommend one book about South Africa for me to read while here what would it be?” The story of Poppie Nongena starts before and goes through the imposition of apartheid which is reported through the life experiences of a simple country girl whose happy early life is transformed by South Africa’s official white supremacy The book has been named one of the 100 best African novels of the 20th century by an international panel of scholars and writers In reality it was a collaboration between Joubert and her housekeeper who told Joubert her life story on the condition her identity not be revealed The truth only came out after Poppie’s death when people of her childhood village recognized the characters and stories Joubert has left the voice of Poppie in her subject’s own voice with all its multilingual eccentricities This can take some getting used to the narrator speaks of Poppie in the third person as a child and in both the first and the third as an adult and some reviewers apparently never do But the device makes Poppie all the real which makes her story all the compelling The book is a terrific preparation or companion for visiting Cape Town where much of it is set but stands on its own as a timeless tale of human endurance Immediately after closing the book on Poppie I read Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime based on the comedian’s youth in Johannesburg Noah was born about 10 years after Poppie’s story was published starting near the end of apartheid reporting its demise and Mandela’s elections through the eyes of a young child and then revealing its gritty aftermath from the inside as a restless young man born of a black mother and white father The common themes in the lives of Poppie and Noah despite all their differences makes reading both books even memorable and credible


  2. says:

    This was the first book I've ever read completely in Afrikaans and the first book by a South African writer that didn't have a white main character It took me some time to get used to the Afrikaans but once I got through it really got to me It did feel weird to me that it mainly focused on the whole policy with the pas but it hardly mentioned other aspects of Apartheid I mean it still influences the story but it's never mentioned by name


  3. says:

    Author Elsa JoubertTitle The Long Journey of Poppie NongenaPublishers Jonathan Ball Publishers 2019 Originally published in Afrikaans in 1978 as Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena by Elsa Joubert this epic novel has been translated into 13 languages staged as a drama and recently has been turned into a major motion picture This seven chapter narrative is told through Poppie Nongena’s eyes accounting a story of a timid soul who through hardship grew into a brave woman and for over thirty years settled and resettled in places like Upington Lamberts Bay Cape Town and MdantsaneSome of the key themes found in between this three hundred pager include big family dynamics; underlying negative effects of the Group Areas Act and Pass Laws Act; conflicts between African culture religion and African spirituality; forced marriages at a young age; in laws expectations; importance of education and the sacrifices that come with child barringmotherhoodPoppie’s family stretched over four generations a Xhosa family originally from Gordonia Northern Cape however due to the Group Areas Act they were eventually relocated to Cape Town were at some point almost ten people lived together in a two roomed shack Poppie was the fourth born with three elder brothers; Plank Hoedjie and Mosie She also had step brothers and sisters; Pieta Katie Jakkie and Baby Most of her life she had to carry some of the responsibilities of her siblings while also carrying for an ailing husband Stone and their five children Due to circumstances after moving to Cape Town her children had to be separated in order to find better schooling The eldest Bonsile lived in Mdantsane with his brother Fezi; the two daughters Nomvula and Thandi lived with ailing paternal grandparents in the tribal lands and the last born Kindjie and grandson Vukile Bonsile’s child lived with the rest of the family in Cape Town This heavy family responsibility came at an early age for Poppie for instance at nine years Poppie had to leave school in order to take care of her step brothers and sistersAlthough written than forty years ago the book still explores current themes that still weigh on a lot of South Africans especially women For instance the role of alcohol in leading to domestic abuse of women; the level of migrate workers from other African countries coming to South Africa looking for better economic opportunities in the process leaving behind family and children; how black women lack financial and estate security; and how patriarchal notions in religion culture and legislature suppresses the social mobility personal growth and financial security of black African women Therefore this book not only talks to the micro dynamics of how families units get broken but offers a macro examination of how of our country has went through a level of cosmetic construction where nothing much has changed to address these issues oppressing the black woman post 1994Even through violently losing her grandson due to the State of Emergency riots losing her husband due to sickness a disintegrated family and ruthless government system Poppie still had commendable determination to keep moving forward “We already know what life is like We take what comes our way and then we go on But we don’t give up” she said#BlackStrongWomen#TheStruggleContinuesRolland Simpi Motaung 2020 ©


  4. says:

    Apartheid Groups Areas Act culture poverty family bonds step parents' demeanors substance abuse love life death courage despair strength weakness unfairness black on black violencewhere do I begin reviewing this book? These topics are all thereBorn during the apartheid years and having lived through survived them for 20 years before the dawn of a democratic South Africa I am privileged to be in a position to compare the two eras and appreciate the current constitution even though it is NOT YET UHURU I can relate stories of family members neighbours friends and acuaintances which were similar to those narrated in this book and most importantly I have witnessed many similar events myself GOD SAVE THE WORLD and let the world be amenable to saving


  5. says:

    Good story Alan Paton rated it as An epicwill always maintain it's uniue position in the literature of South Africaso ends this sad taleOne is left with two overriding impressionsOne is the courage of the woman in her never ending struggle to live under the Laws in SA The other is the art of the woman who tells the story1981I couldn't have said it better If you haven't read it well worth the read especially the Afrikaans version


  6. says:

    My usual process for approaching my TBR is as follows I discover a book through podcasts Instagram Goodreads or just happening upon it in the Little Free Libraries public libraries and bookstores in my area If I like the premise or am struck by a review I will add it to my TBR and let it sit until it strikes my fancy to pick it up When I do come back to a book often because the title or cover seems like the type of read I'm looking for I dive right in without reminding myself of what the book is about at all sometimes even forgetting the genre depending on how long it has sat in my stack If the book has an introduction I will read it before reading the text of the book because I figure the introduction is included because it is helpful to have some background before reading This book has nothing by way of introduction and so I opened the book right into the story and I think I missed out on a lot of the depth and beauty that this book had to offer by not doing research before readingAs has been cited by so many reviewers before this book is considered by many to be the most important book to come out of Africa specifically South Africa in the twentieth century Elsa Joubert who sadly died in May of COVID 19 related symptoms was part of an influential group of Afrikaans called the Sixtiers who wrote revolutionary literature with the goals of promoting Afrikaans language and culture and of resisting and overturning the Apartheid state However I knew embarrassingly little about the timeline and on the ground realities of South African Apartheid and I am sure that I missed a lot in my uninformed reading of the book Further I failed to appreciate the nuances of language that Joubert prioritized in the self translated English translation of this book I gleaned a lot from the glossary of terms in the back but I didn't know which terms were Afrikaans which were Xhosa and which were some combination or something entirely otherNonetheless I was captivated by the story of Poppie and her family The structure of this novel was unusual for me and took some getting used to but Poppie's alternating first and third person narration as she the real life woman related her story to Joubert offered a fascinating glimpse into her shifting perspective from childhood to adulthoodFor a clear summary of this book and the surrounding context I highly recommend reading Rolland Simpi Motaung's review which details and elucidates a lot of the proper nouns of South African Apartheid that aren't explained in the novel


  7. says:

    The content is a long running story familiar to so very many South Africans sad but true and the pitfalls must be so frustrating to the people in the locationstownshipsI did not much enjoy the stilted style of story telling I realise this was probably the way Poppie related her history but was too 'removed' in style did not draw me in


  8. says:

    A very poignant read about the life and times of a family in apartheid South Africa I enjoyed the story of Poppy's family so because I could identify with most of the places in Cape Town and Mdantsane where her family has lived The writing felt like it was translated at times from Afrikaans which it was but an otherwise an enjoyable read


  9. says:

    Harrowing Heartbreaking Eye opening


  10. says:

    I might've experienced some of the apartheid years while growing up but experiencing it as a child is very different to an adult's experience of it As far as I can remember it was normal to be in a white school while the others were in a black school The same applies to our maid It was normal that she lived in a township when we didn't When I read Poppie I suddenly saw the other side Here is the story of the maid who couldn't move in the white townships without a pass this would've been in the '60sbefore my time little money to pay for the bus or living at the madam's house and not getting permission to go home to her husband and family It's heart rending tear jerking stuff once you see what white South Africa did to its black counterpartFortunately there's a note of forgiveness too And I think thanks to Mandela the same applies to real life South Africa as well


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