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Rooikraal Revisited Farming During Apartheid

Dylan Weston

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Paperback. 116 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.3in. x 0.4in.Rooikraal Revisited: Farming During Apartheid is an autobiographical and nostalgic study of a life left behind. Dylan Weston lived on a dairy farm, Rooikraal, during the Apartheid regime and this collection documents the people, places, interests, and recollections of life in rural South Africa. The bitterness of Apartheid, its inhumanity, is shownbut the good will of the common folk who shared their lives on these islands of civilization known as farms is also appreciated and enjoyed. Some of the stories tell of the political impact on the lives of common people, while others tell of human suffering and superstition. Several of the stories describe adventures with animalsfarm animals generally, but also the great serpent the Rinkhals. The stories are all true and the experiences real. This is a period of South African life under white domination which has been swept away, and yet on seeing the destruction not of a political system but a thriving communityRooikraalgreat nostalgia fills the author. The people she knew and loved are gone. There are few traces of their lives and of their sense of community left on Rooikraal. The lesson of life, which she learns, is that one can never return to the land of yore; it lives only in the heart and memorywhere in the retelling it seems to gain a sense of reality. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780595091805

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Title: Rooikraal Revisited Farming During Apartheid

Publisher: iUniverse

Binding: Paperback

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Rooikraal Revisited: Farming During Apartheid is an autobiographical and nostalgic study of a life left behind. Dylan Weston lived on a dairy farm, Rooikraal, during the Apartheid regime and this collection documents the people, places, interests, and recollections of life in rural South Africa. The bitterness of Apartheid, its inhumanity, is shownbut the good will of the common folk who shared their lives on these "islands of civilization" known as farms is also appreciated and enjoyed. Some of the stories tell of the political impact on the lives of common people, while others tell of human suffering and superstition. Several of the stories describe adventures with animalsfarm animals generally, but also the great serpent the Rinkhals. The stories are all true and the experiences real. This is a period of South African life under white domination which has been swept away, and yet on seeing the destruction not of a political system but a thriving communityRooikraalgreat nostalgia fills the author. The people she knew and loved are gone. There are few traces of their lives and of their sense of community left on Rooikraal. The lesson of life, which she learns, is that one can never return to the land of yore; it lives only in the heart and memorywhere in the retelling it seems to gain a sense of reality.

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Dylan Weston moved from South Africa, where she was teaching after she left Rooikraal, to Arizona and then onto California where after several years spent in Portland, Oregon she again resides. She retired from teaching English in 2012 and now spends her time gardening, knitting, crocheting and reading. This is a far cry from her days on Rooikraal which now seem a lifetime ago. She has recognized that since immigrating that her heart will always be in South Africa a land of great beauty and one which is populated by a forgiving, warm people. However, after an English education her soul belongs to Britain a land long tamed by man and one which is carved to man's dimensions. Her home, however, will always be wherever her husband Patrick is--and now it is America. A land which like Africa is often not only beautiful but also harsh and untamed--and most certainly not yet moulded to man's dimensions.

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