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Venter & Son And Eden

Owen, David

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ISBN 10: 0747501440 / ISBN 13: 9780747501442
Published by Bloomsbury, North Pomfret, Vermont, 1988
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Price cut; Vis-a-vis book, two stories, venter & son on one side and then flip to eden on the other. Bookseller Inventory # 225790

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Title: Venter & Son And Eden

Publisher: Bloomsbury, North Pomfret, Vermont

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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In these two novellas, the author explores two extreme contrasting experiences of life under apartheid in South Africa. Eden is the run-down inner suburb inhabited by a gang of friends. Theirs is a precarious community whose racial mixture is a natural defiance of the principles of apratheid and whose humour and vitality is richly presented in David Owen's idiomatic rhythms of an Eden awaiting the Fall. In contrast, "Ventner & Son" is set in the barren heartland of the Veld. The story unfolds through the mind of a reactionary Afrikaner whose shotgun, as the narrative opens, is trained not on a jackal or a threatening kaffir, but on the moonlit figure of his only soon. As Ventner prepares to shoot it emerges that his son must die, for an inter-racial liaison is a replica and consequence of his father's own agonized heretical adultery. This tale shows in the warped symmetries of its antagonist how unnatural doctrines may bring more grief to their proponents than to those they are intended to suppress.

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