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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nadine Gordimer Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mehring, a rich, powerful and vital industrialist, has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer. But his possessions refuse to remain objects: his wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; and even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.

Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, paints a fascinating portrait of a man both reckless and calculating, a “conservationist” left only with the possibility of self-preservation, in this subtle and detailed study of the forces and relationships that seethed in South Africa.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a novel of enormous power.”

    New Statesman

  • “Gordimer has written what must be considered her masterpiece. The beauty and largeness of this land she loves is drawn with a breadth and scope that is breathtaking.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] assumes different accents with complete authority. The listener is literally transported to the South African veldt.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] skillfully adapt[s] her mild British accent to the dialects of the various social classes…This presentation certainly seems true to Gordimer’s vision.”


  • Winner of the 1974 Man Booker Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 10/27/2013

    " too literary, but a fantastic attack on our fantasy lives in africa "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melva | 9/20/2012

    " Had a hard time getting into this book. Finished it but... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Malini | 1/10/2012

    " vile manipulative racist protagonist. make me wonder whether the author holds some of the same prejudices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Louise | 1/9/2012

    " This was a difficult book to get into. The beautiful lyrical prose wasn't enough to make it interesting. "

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