David’s Story has ratings and 19 reviews. Melissa said: I read this book for a class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. However, as I b. David’s Story (Women Writing Africa) [Zoë Wicomb, Dorothy Driver] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The publication of You Can’t. 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, .
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 inthe 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 wico,b 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 daavid 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.
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Lists with This Book. Oct 17, Melissa rated it really liked it. 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 bookI began to understand more and more about 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 more, and I found it to be a very addicting read, because as I mentioned it forces you to do “detective work” along with David and the narrator.
I believe this is a very good book that focuses on the untold story and inner workings of the “other side” of the apartheid struggle. Nov 24, Mirte rated it it was ok. 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 sho It was very, very hard to make sense of this book. There is artistry in that, I guess, but in the end, one should try to tell a story and not merely indicate how complex telling that story actually is, no matter how relevant this may be from a postcolonial point of view.
Jan 22, Signe Hansen rated it did not like it. I am not really into postmodern writing at all, so this book never really got a hold of me 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? Oct 07, Marcy rated it liked it. Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with.
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. The premise of this book is quite interested and engaging–specifically the role of the guerrilla movement that helped create a South Africa sans apartheid–and that the primary person, David, around who the story is developed, is also the person who approached Wicomb asking her to help him tell his story.
I also appreciate the layered attention to the more occluded past of South Africans, especially the Griqua, are given a voice through this narrative and I learned quite a lot from reading the novel as a result.
I just wish the narrative was more coherent and cohesive. Dec 23, Sanne Meijer rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
Sory, I did give it a 3 stars-rating davis I’m still undecided and had to pick a rating. I need at least one more reading 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 unde I read this book for a class I’m taking on post-apartheid South Africa and I had a hard time reading this book. The afterword by Dorothy Driver was really useful in understanding this novel, although I’d rather would’ve liked to read it before I started reading. All in all, not an easy book to read and a challenge. Mar 15, Keith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People interested in historical and cultural influences.
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.
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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 book as well as Wicomb. Aug 18, Fred Daly rated it really liked it. 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 out what to do and whom to trust. There’s a long scholarly essay at the end by a professor to explain things; evidently the publisher wasn’t confident the novel could speak for itself.
Mar 24, Franki rated it it wicomv ok. 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, except that nothing that can be said can be known, or known to be.
It’s complex, interesting, I guess, but I’m not going to search out anything else daviid this author. Nov 15, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 wicmob just shouts about everything and it’s incredibly haunting and grounding. I can’t wait to delve into it and read more for my essay.
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Mar 16, Kazima rated it really liked it. This was such an interesting book! Not the most easily read book: If you’re able to just relax and let the story float into your mind, it is a great experience that unravels an amazing set of stories. Nov 15, Maralise Petersen rated it really liked it. 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 dicomb ‘I’ narrators, both compelling.
Jun 06, Andrew rated it did not like it Shelves: Stop being such a man-hating feminist, that’s my least favorite type. Nov 15, Y. I like it very much. Mar 06, Shannon rated it did zle like it Shelves: Read this for my post-modernism and colonialism literature class at MSU. I was absolutely, completely in over my head. Jan 06, Stor rated it did not like it. USOM rated it really liked it Jul 04, Sheena rated it it was ok Nov 06, Sara rated it liked shory Aug 30, Hayley rated it did not like it Jan 03, Yevgeniya rated it really liked it Dec 28, Michaela rated it did not like it Nov 06, Londi rated it it was amazing May 07, Anna Pingel rated it liked it Sep 16, Alice rated it liked it Jun 28, Nicole Crampton rated it really liked it Nov 15,