David’s Story has ratings and 19 reviews. Melissa said: I read this book for a class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. However, as I b. David’s Story (Women Writing Africa) [Zoë Wicomb, Dorothy Driver] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The publication of You Can’t. As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work,David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, .

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With “time to think” after the unbanning of the movement, David is researching his roots in the history of the mixed-race “Coloured” people of South Africa and of their antecedents among the indigenous people and early colonial stiry. Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 15, 1 It’s such a complicated postmodern novel that I just can’t give this book a rating. But that was at a time where I had a much deeper affection for experimental, postmodern fiction and I realised reading this novel that I no longer crave that kind of disjointed narrative.

References to this book Kunapipi, Volume 24, Issues Snippet view – David himself is wary of allowing his voice to be heard.

The publisher’s latest entry in the Women Writing Africa series: Mariani, Bay Press, Seattle. They were an antidote to every amorous emotion. Her first book, a collection of short stories, You Can’t get Lost in Cape Town is regarded very highly. Although arguably the movement itself can be seen as a means for the non-dominant voice to be heard the factions within the groups or the women who are more oppressed are denied a voice.

Michaela rated davdi did not like it Nov 06, The afterword by Dorothy Driver was really useful in unde I read this book for a class I’m taking on post-apartheid South Africa and I had a hard time reading this book.

The reasons she does not speak stody herself become more evident in the last sections of the novel but does little to whet the readers appetite in the end. Not only does his description of Dulcie not appear in the novel, but the narrator also constantly refers to his reluctance, or inability, to represent Dulcie pp. All references are to this edition and appear in parentheses in the text.


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She becomes asexual while in the movement, and does not admit her feelings for David to herself until the movement has reached a pinnacle and she begins to feel savid. Jan 06, InfinitexLibrary rated it did not like it. Her new work, an epic retelling of the settlement of South Africa’s Griqualand, will bring her into the spotlight I can’t wait to delve into it and read more for my essay. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dulcie’s elusiveness is a statement of the elusiveness of the double victim of colonialism and patriarchy. David’s Story is about truth, facts, fiction, and lies and the quest to find the hidden truth beneath the layers of time. Her first novel David’s Story has received much critical acclaim although Wicomb is rather wary of the praise. Dulcie a female activist becomes the key for both the narrator and David. There, he learns more about his Griqua ancestor Andrew le Fleur, who, seeing his land taken over by white stoy, led a rebellion, was imprisoned by the British, and then, once free, led the Griquas west into the desert.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience zof our website. Both David and Dulcie are significantly interested in preserving the purity of their thoughts wivomb ideas and are unwilling to allow them to be perverted by those that might receive their speech. Yevgeniya rated it really liked it Dec 28, The union of the liberation front encompasses many different individuals who in times of peace would perhaps be allied against one another in varying representations.


Wicomb herself from S. Now she insists on keeping a secret. Zoe Wicomb’s David’s Story is the search for the unheard female voice as illustrated by the difficult quest for Dulcie.

I read this book for wicoomb class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. Remember me on this computer.

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As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work, David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, and expansive. My library Help Advanced Book Search. She sgory masculine stody but can not be defined as masculine, nor is she asexual as she desires David.

To fully grasp the impact of what she has done and the effort she has made, I advise reading interviews and articles about both the book as well as Wicomb. She is also so importantly feminine fighting alongside misogynistic men.

zof Instead Dulcie remains just out of reach just beyond our grasp and comprehension. Dulcie is perhaps the strongest and most self assured character in the novel, but must compromise her own identity in order to exhibit her strengths through the movement.

The only option for her seems to be to walk a line between the two and not to separate herself from both.

Qicomb the poetics of blood inscribes a history Downloaded from http: I like it very much. I do not acknowledge this scrambled thing as mine; I will have nothing more to do with it. Selected pages Title Page.

With regard to the relatively high incidence of miscegenation between white men and Khoi women on the pastoral frontier, where the ratio of white male to white female was uneven, he points out that such miscegenation rarely culminated in Christianization and intermarriage.