"July's People" - A Review Book Review by Nicky

"July's People" - A Review
Review of Nadine Gordimer's novel, "July's People."
# 144985 | 1,474 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2010 in Literature (World) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Literature (African)

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This paper analyzes and reviews South African writer Nadine Gordimer's novel "July's People" which was written in 1982, well before the end of apartheid. The story itself is futuristic, because it is about the end of Apartheid and a family's dependence on their former servant for protection and safety. The review includes a plot summary and an analysis of the characters' personalities and motives. The paper concludes by stating that "July's People" is still a powerful reminder that white colonial discourse is not erased from the minds of either blacks and whites as swiftly as a change of government.

From the Paper:

"The central family of the novel is white, the Smales. After the white government is overthrown, the Smales flee the rioting in the capital of Johannesburg to stay at the village of their black servant, July. July has been working hard all of his life to support his family as a servant and before he was only allowed to visit his native village every other year. Now the Smales are totally dependent upon July. While before it was they who could enjoy being the 'compassionate ones' now they must live as blacks have lived for so many years and rely upon the good will of July. Their personal opposition to the apartheid system does not protect them from the looting in the capital city, the threat of violence, or having to sleep in a rude, mud hut, even though Bam Smales was a successful architect before the change of government."

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