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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 men who could develop 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 family members tensions because it is an outcry opposed to the oppression of slavery. Spanning 3 generations and narrated within the voices of either the dwelling and the lifeless, a sequence of Voices is such as William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; it's a appealing and haunting representation of racism’s plague on South Africa.

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Everybody had something more terrifying or extravagant to add. And then it all turned out to be so much chaff in the wind. All that had happened, if I remember well, was that a few ringleaders had rounded up their men, trekking from one farm to the other, binding or locking up the white farmers, stealing guns and ammunition, and gorging themselves with food and wine; and then this tattered, drunken army had set out on the road to Cape Town, to be dispersed and blasted to bits within an hour by the army.

What do I know about writing? All my life I got on very well without. It’s just looking for trouble. ” The Cape must be a wonderful place; and the newspaper is a truly wonderful thing. When they talk about it they call it the Gazette; and by the very name you can hear it doesn’t belong to these parts. There’s no telling when it will come, that depends on who’s going to Tulbagh and for what. Sometimes there’s only one; but when a long time has passed there may be a whole stack, all of them thin and mysteriously folded.

Until the Oubaas or the foreman decides it’s time to break. ” One’s arms are almost torn from the shoulders, lifting and turning the fork with its heavy load of chaff and grain. The straw is worked out of the way with the long wooden forks, over and over, leaving the grain cleaner every time round, until it is ready for the shifters and winnowing-fans whose swooshing sound will persecute you into your very dreams at night. At last, the West wind now steady and strong, the winnowing starts, the chaff forming small speckled clouds overhead, hanging in the wind before they drift off as the 34 chainofvoices_internals 7/16/07 4:33 PM Page 35 A CHAIN OF VOICES heavy grains rain down on the hard floor.

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