Davids Story



Davids Story The 1987 publication of You Can t Get Lost in Cape Town won Zo Wicomb an international readership and wide critical acclaim As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb s debut work, David s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, and expansive.Unfolding in South Africa at the moment of Nelson Mandela s release from prison in 1991, the novel explores the life and vision of David Dirkse, part of the underground world of activists, spies, and saboteurs in the liberation movement a world seldom revealed to outsiders With time to think after the unbanning of the movement, David is researching his roots in the history of the mixed race Coloured people of South Africa and of their antecedents among the indigenous people and early colonial settlers.But David soon learns that he is on a hit list, and, caught in a web of betrayal and surveillance, he is forced to rethink his role in the struggle for nonracial democracy, the loyalty of his comrades, and his own conceptions of freedom Through voices and stories of David and the women who surround him responding to, illuminating, and sometimes contradicting one another Wicomb offers a moving exploration of the nature of political vision, memory, and truth. New Download [ Davids Story ] author [ Zoë Wicomb ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Davids Story
  • Zoë Wicomb
  • English
  • 16 March 2017
  • 1558613986

13 thoughts on “Davids Story

  1. Melissa says:

    I read this book for a class, and I can say it s definitely not an easy read However, as I began to analyze the book , I began to understandandabout the story and why it was written the way it was David s Story is about truth, facts, fiction, and lies and the quest to find the hidden truth beneath the layers of time.This story is mostly told from the viewpoint of an unnamed narrator who is interviewing David, an MK soldier, who feels the need to record his life and family history I read this book for a class, and I can say it s definitely not an easy read However, as I began to analyze the book , I began to understandandabout the story and why it was written the way it was David s Story is about truth, facts, fiction, and lies and the quest to find the hidden truth beneath the layers of time.This story is mostly told from the viewpoint of an unnamed narrator who is interviewing David, an MK soldier, who feels the need to record his life and family history The story takes on a biased approach and forces the reader to try and dissect the facts from fiction what the narrator is implying or adding to the story, what David is adding to or subtracting from the story, other people s viewpoints on the story, the truths and lies of the apartheid struggle Yet, through the muddle of confusing stories, perspectives, there is one truth that remains constant in this story.Though it was a confusing read at first, I gradually began to appreciate this story , and I foun...

  2. Mirte says:

    It was very, very hard to make sense of this book It s a postmodern text in that it is very conscious of its own construction, issues of telling the truth and of personal perspectives, etc This does make for a difficult narrative, floating in the air, jumping from one time period to another, jumping from one consciousness to another and altogether not bothering too much with interpunction or a logical division of different paragraphs There is artistry in that, I guess, but in the end, one It was very, very hard to make sense of this book It s a postmodern text in that it is very conscious of its own construction, issues of telling the truth and of personal perspectives, etc This does make for a difficult narrative, floating in the air, jumping from one time period to another, jumping from one...

  3. Signe Hansen says:

    I am not really into postmodern writing at all, so this book never really got a hold of me At all But I guess it can be good if you like books like that What a generally helpful review this has been, don t you think Sorry

  4. Marcy says:

    Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with I haven t read Wicomb s work since her collection of short stories You Can t Get Lost in Cape Town, which I remember loving But that was at a time where I had a much deeper affection for experimental, postmodern fiction and I realised reading this novel that I no longer crave that kind of disjointed narrative The premise of this book is quite interested and engaging specifically the role of the guerrilla movement Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with I haven t read Wicomb s work since her collection of short stories You Can t Get Lost in Cape Town, which I remember loving But that was at a time where I had a much deeper affection for experimental, postmodern fiction and I realised reading this novel that I no longer crave that kind of disjointed narrative The premise of this book is quite interested and engaging specifically the ...

  5. Sanne Meijer says:

    I read this book for a class I m taking on post apartheid South Africa and I had a hard time reading this book It s such a complicated postmodern novel that I just can t give this book a rating However, I did give it a 3 stars rating since I m still undecided and had to pick a rating I need at least onereading to grasp this book and maybe I ll never totally understand this novel since its intertextuality and story are so complex The afterword by Dorothy Driver was really useful in I read this book for a class I m taking on post apartheid South Africa and I had a hard time reading this book It s such a complicated postmodern novel that I just can t give this book a rating However, I did give it a 3 stars rating since I m still undecided and had to pick a rating I need at least onereading to grasp this book and maybe I ll never totally understand this novel since its intertextuality and story are so complex The afterword by Dorothy Driver was really useful in understanding this novel, a...

  6. Keith says:

    A story that provides insight into post apartheid S.Africa and the difficulties of racial differences and identity Zoe Wicomb does an amazing job capturing the culture during this time frame Wicomb herself from S.Africa lives and teaches in Scotland The story is both engaging and insightful Wicomb weaves fiction into a real situation with elegance and style To fully grasp the impact of what she has done and the effort she has made, I advise reading interviews and articles about both the A story that provides insight into post apartheid S.Africa and the difficulties of racial differences and identity Zoe Wicomb does an amazing job capturing the culture during this time frame Wicomb herself from S.Africa lives and teaches in Scotland The story is both engaging and insightful Wicomb weaves fiction into a real situation with elegance a...

  7. Fred Daly says:

    South African Despite an excess of postmodern tricks, this is a very interesting book Set right at the end of the apartheid era, it s about a man who has been a member of the Movement is having difficulty figuring ou...

  8. Franki says:

    This book was painful to read It did not flow or read as a story which, I can understand, is part of the purpose of this experimental type novel It has a lot of very quotable quotes, but it did not seem to really go anywhere or have very much to say, e...

  9. Claire says:

    Read for Contemporary Postcolonial Lit.I don t know what I expected of this book, but it was so much complex and wonderfully written than I thought it was going to be There were moments that the narrators v...

  10. Tuck says:

    lots of good humor here, in amongst the horrors of colonialists kicking everybody around even, or maybe manditoryily, sarah baartman the griqua african venus makes an appearance, and her offspring so all in all, quite a saga, with lots of trekking to a fro, lots of starvation...

  11. Kazima says:

    This was such an interesting book Not the most easily read book there s no traditional, easy to follow plot build up, but the mixed narrator voices were not as confusing as I was lead to believe If you re able to just relax and let the story float into your mind, ...

  12. Maralise says:

    The best postmodern novel I ve read so far The engine that drives the story is a literary black hole, both infuriating and fascinating, never boring There are two I narrators, both compelling.

  13. Andrew says:

    I hate you Zo Wicomb Stop being such a man hating feminist, that s my least favorite type.

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