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Philida by Andre Brink

Philida by Andre Brink

Taken from the review done by Durban North Fever.

If you have ever cursed your lot in life, felt trapped or pulled down, Philida will show you that you know very little about suffering compared to a slave in 1832. 

Brink tells this story with a depth of feeling and empathy that is extremely moving. He paints a vivid picture for the reader – you can see the chickens scratching in the dust and feel the coolness of Frans and Philida’s special copse. 

Make sure you have lots of time if you pick up Philida, you won’t be able to put it down!

Click here to download the full PDF review.

About the book:

Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. The year is 1832 and the Cape is rife with rumours about the liberation of the slaves. Philida decides to risk her whole life by lodging a complaint against Francois, who has reneged on his promise to set her free. His father has ordered him to marry a white woman from a prominent Cape Town family, and Philida will be sold on to owners in the harsh country up north. Unwilling to accept this fate, Philida continues to test the limits of her freedom, and with the Muslim slave Labyn she sets off on a journey across the great wilderness on the banks of the Gariep River, to the far north of Cape Town. 

Click here for more information on Philida.


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