The Dubious Salvation of Jack V

The Dubious Salvation of Jack V

Book - 2011
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It's 1989, and in the dying years of the Apartheid regime, eleven year old Jack Viljee considers himself the centre of his world. The son of an Afrikaans father and an English mother, wedged between a strident older and favoured younger sister, Jack allies himself with the family's beloved maid, Susie. Plagued by portents of doom, Jack nevertheless has firm views on race (complex), politics (straightforward), poofdas (inoffensive), God (dangerous), sex (bewildering), sisters (disappointing), parents (unfailing), Zulus (frightening) and the KGB (cunning). His Afrikaans family are wanting in a number of respects: they have too many children, let the maid keep chickens in the backyard, buy tomato sauce in ten litre vats and cover their furniture in plastic. Still, there is no doubt they could wipe the floor with his soft English relatives. Either way, at his new school he knows that he is set on an inexorable path to Englishness. Life is simple
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape Ltd., 2011
ISBN: 9780224091305
9780374144128
Branch Call Number: STR
Characteristics: 240p. ; 22cm

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