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    Brought to you by Penguin.

    Winner of the Booker Prize 2021.

    This audiobook includes bonus content of Damon Galgut in conversation with Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre.

    There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don't believe it then listen to us speak....

    The many voices of The Promise tell a story in four snapshots, each one centered on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria. 

    Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago and never kept.... 

    ©2021 Damon Galgut (P)2021 Penguin Audio

    Commentaires

    "Astonishing." (Colm Tóibín)

    "Gorgeous and pleasurable." (Tessa Hadley)

    "The most important book of the last 10 years." (Edmund White)

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    • Global
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    Well written but depressing

    Thought provoking but a struggle… perhaps too much after the previous 2 Booker prizes I have just listened to. I long for something uplifting now !!

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    • Margot Paz
    • 27/11/2021

    Overall disappointment

    There could have been so much more depth in helping those who don't know too much about South Africa to gain an understanding of the tragedy of Apartheid and the ongoing tragedy that is South Africa today. I found the plot and the characters rather shallow and the narrator irritating and monotonous... disappointed ... I was expecting great things

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    • Global
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    • Catherine
    • 09/05/2022

    The weight of a promise

    This is an outstanding novel. Beautifully written and narrated. Profound and thought-provoking. Highly recommended

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    • Kim Baker
    • 01/05/2022

    Disappointing

    This story was deeply affected by the reader’s voice. Had I actually read this book, I may have felt differently about it. I have never felt quite so strongly about how much a reader can influence one’s appreciation. My impression is that this is a very masculine reading which seemed at odds with its main character - unless of course you think of SA as the main character. It certainly speaks to me in that way; the very epitome of an apartheid “voice”. It’s sense of authority and it’s lack of emotional engagement, which is in this case, I’m aware, a literary device.
    I’m quite a few years older that the author and I’m a NZer. In no way would I claim that NZ is not racist but when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s my parents boycotted SA products in protest against the regime there. NZ as another colonized country, has always been politically (it wasn’t just sports) tied with/to SA and this book did not inform me in the way that it might do for people of other nations/ countries. It did not capture my interest or enthusiasm, but I was curious about why I did not like this book.
    One last comment, which I had hoped to hear more about in the interview at the end of the book was that the author introduces “ you” into his narrative and although I was never certain, I think “you” was a different character in each of its appearances. However, I stand to be corrected on this point. Perhaps Damon Galgut really was addressing me, the “reader”.

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    • Mario
    • 19/04/2022

    wow

    The book is creative, well written, profound but funny and performed wonderfully.

    I grew up in the vaal, and the book felt very real.

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    • Sophia
    • 17/01/2022

    Listened to the end but couldn't get into it.

    I thought the narrator was very good but had a very hard time concentrating on the book. No character is particularly appealing and while I am sure it is very realistic. The story just left me with a bad taste in my mouth and not particularly moved.

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    • The Elite Book Group
    • 08/12/2021

    Tour de force

    The storm at the end a powerful metaphor of the ambiguities and ironies of South Africa today