By Andre Brink
On a farm close to the Cape Colony within the early 19th century, a slave uprising kills 3 and leaves 11 others condemned to loss of life. The rebellion’s chief, Galant, was once raised along the lads who could turn into his masters. His first sufferer, Nicholas van der Merwe, could have been his brother. because the many layers of Andre Brink’s novel spread, it turns into transparent that the violent rebellion is as a lot a fruits of relatives tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the residing and the useless, a sequence of Voices is akin to William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a appealing and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.
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And when we reach the side of the dam, I say: “Hoho,” parting him on the neck. His whole body stands shivering beneath me. He is flecked with foam, white with saltpetre. With wobbly legs I slide from his back and blindly pluck handfuls of grass to rub him dry. He makes no move, utters no sound, only stands there shivering as if in cold. After a long time I take the reins and begin to 39 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 40 ANDRÉ BRINK lead him back to the yard. In the distance I can see the men running towards me from the kraal.
Huddled together in shock, we try to push ourselves up into a kneeling position, to force open some breathing space. We’re going to die like this, I realize; and I no longer know whether it’s my body heaving and shuddering, or his. When at last I manage to cough and throw up, it is daylight again and I can see Ontong’s legs, and others, around us, standing like trees. ” Nicolaas is pleading. “He’ll kill us. ” “He’ll kill us dead,” I say, spitting and spluttering. Long after the men have left, the two of us remain there together in the darkening day, two boys who have discovered death together.
Green valleys opening up on either side below the blue ridges of the mountains. The Old Kloof. The tollgate at Roodezandskloof. From the deep valley of Waveren up the impossible mountains, through the narrow strip of the 29 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 30 ANDRÉ BRINK Rear-Witzenberg, across the Skurweberg, into these remote highlands. Home. But even home looked strange. I barely recognized the frail woman with her dark hair drawn into a tight bun, who came out to meet us. As if a strange presence had touched it all and turned it all transparent, revealing veins and secret organs and the skeleton below.