The Calling of Katie Makanya: A Memoir of South Africa

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The winner of South Africa's prestigious Sunday Times/Alan Paton prize, this moving, illuminating memoir chronicles the life of an extraordinary woman in South Africa who was born in 1873 in colonial South Africa and lived through the early years of apartheid to her death in 1955. The story of Katie Makanya opens a window to a side of South African life seldom recorded, examining South Africa's patriarchal culture, customs, community traditions, poverty and hardships. Spanning two centuries and set in South Africa's major cities and towns, this memoir encompasses epoch-making events from the Boer War to the World Wars to the transition from colonialism to apartheid.

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Margaret McCord makes brilliant use of telling details drawn from the vivid recollections of Makanya (1873-1954) to create a rich tapestry of black South African life as it uneasily adapted to (and sometimes adopted) white European ways during the years of colonization and the establishment of apartheid. Makanya declined the offer of a singing career in England to return home, choosing hard work and poverty among her own people. She offers perceptive descriptions of complex individual and social relationships that work by an accumulation of particulars to damningly indict injustice.

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""A very marvelous and precious document. . . . It is a magnificent story superbly told. The combination of Katie's extraordinary life and McCord's immense talent as a storyteller is overwhelming. I found it compulsive reading and deeply moving."" --Athol Fugard

""It will tear your heart to shreds, but it will also give you great pleasure, hope, and strength. It's that kind of book. Katie Makanya was that kind of woman."" --Sunday Independent (Johannesburg)

""I fell in love with the Delaney sisters, enjoying both the book and the play. It is good to know their sister in Africa also has her say, that Katie's life, too, can be shared."" --Nikki Giovanni

The Calling of Katie Makanya

A Memoir of South Africa

Her mother's entry in the family Bible recorded ""a second daughter, Katie, born on July 28, 1873 at Fort Beaufort in the Cape of Good Hope."" Because it was milking time, Katie's father would call her by her home name, Malubisi, or ""Mother of Milk.""

Colonialism was at its height when Katie Makanya was born in South Africa. When she died at the age of 83, the British Empire had all but disappeared, and apartheid was firmly in place. During the intervening decades of epochal historical change, of turbulent social transitions and profound political and cultural upheavals, Katie's courage and determination gave her the strength and will to triumph over poverty and hardship.

The Calling of Katie Makanya is an award-winning look at the inspiring life of an exceptional woman. One of six children, Katie grew up watching British Redcoats drilling and hearing stories of the Zulu king Cetshwayo's fierce attempts to drive the white men into the sea. While still quite young, she showed a natural talent for the rhythm and melody of the languages around her, ""all so similar yet each as different as the notes of a song."" Katie became fluent in English, Dutch, Xhosa, and Sotho. Before she was twenty, her youthful inquisitiveness and talent took her, and her sister Charlotte, to England as members of the Jubilee Singers. Yet, despite promises of wealth and fame as a performer, the already determined young woman vowed to return home, to marry, and to raise a family.

Katie's life back in South Africa would have its share of bitterness and personal tragedy. Leaving behind Durban and Johannesburg because ""I don't want to live among white people any longer,"" Katie sought peace in the country, settling near the Adams Mission at Amanzimtoti. There she met the McCords. James McCord, a white doctor who had come to treat the Zulus, needed an interpreter and assistant. Katie Makanya had found her calling.

Before her death, Katie related the remarkable story of her life to Dr. McCord's daughter Margaret. This beautiful oral history, filled with haunting remembrances of a richly led life, is sparked by the wisdom of a brave and inspiring woman. The Calling of Katie Makanya will capture your heart. Through its compelling narrative of one woman's life, we discover a people's enduring power.

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