Mating Birds (Perennial fiction library)

3.56 avg rating
( 84 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060970857: Mating Birds (Perennial fiction library)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The story of a young South African black man obsessed with an English girl whom he encounters on the segregated Durban beachfront is told from the narrator's prison cell in this classic African novel. Although no words are exchanged, a connection develops between the two mismatched lovers, leading to an intense and ambiguous sexual encounter. He is charged with rape and receives the death sentence. Reconstructing his own history, his obsession with the girl, and his court proceedings, the narrator offers a powerful examination of the warped racial morality and brutality of apartheid.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

Lewis Nkosi is the author of Home and Exile, The Transplanted Heart, and Underground People. He has written for The New York Review of Books.

From Publishers Weekly:

"In a few days I am to die," writes the narrator at the start of this novel about a young, black South African man condemned to death for allegedly raping a white woman. He wonders if he would be in the prison cell if he had never spotted the woman sunbathing on the beach. Instead, he muses, he might have gone on to become "the first truly great African writer my country has ever produced." The author, a black who has been banished from his native South Africa, may not yet be a "great" writer, but his words flow smoothly over subject matter that is often painful. As the narrator tells the story of his childhood in a Zulu household, of his first encounter with the white sunbather and of the incident that resulted in the verdict against him, the reader becomes uncomfortably aware of the ugly political and racial ramifications of the situation. Although Nkosi is a talented writer, this work is to be read more for the strength of its message than for the power of its prose. This is a short, but by no means a small, novel.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780795701719: Mating Birds

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0795701713 ISBN 13:  9780795701719
Publisher: Kwela Books, 2004
Softcover

9780312522957: Mating Birds: A Novel

St Mar..., 1986
Softcover

9780094672406: Mating Birds

CONSTABLE, 1986
Hardcover

9780869753170: Mating Birds

Ravan ..., 1997
Softcover

9780006541875: Mating Birds

Harper..., 1987
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nkosi, Lewis
Published by HarperCollins (1987)
ISBN 10: 0060970855 ISBN 13: 9780060970857
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1987. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110060970855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 60.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Lewis Nkosi
ISBN 10: 0060970855 ISBN 13: 9780060970857
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0060970855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Lewis Nkosi
Published by HarperCollins (1987)
ISBN 10: 0060970855 ISBN 13: 9780060970857
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0060970855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 84.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Lewis Nkosi
ISBN 10: 0060970855 ISBN 13: 9780060970857
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0060970855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 104.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds