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The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear (Paperback)

Carol Campbell

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It's a black Karoo night and a young woman, covered in blood, is running along a deserted dirt track. A terrible thing has happened and the woman, Siena, has to reach Seekoegat Primary School at the end of the track, the only place she knows that is safe. It's a long way to run, a three-day ride on a donkey cart.

This is the story of Siena, Boetie and Kriekie, whose lives intersect as children and who meet again as adults: Boetie is a boy running wild. Deprived and neglected he is always up to mischief but his friendship with Siena gives him self-worth. Kriekie is a basket case. As the child of a prostitute working the truck-stops along the n1 he has no home. When his mother, Dolly, doesn't come back, a small act of kindness by a woman running a shop at the truck-stop sees him end up at Seekoegat Primary. Plodding steadily through each chapter is the spectre of the ancient Karoo tortoise. Siena's father, Pa, a karretjiemens, reveres the tortoise as a creature that holds within it the wisdom of the ancient landscape and that cries only one tear when it dies. The Tortoise Cried Its Only Tear is award-winning author Carol Campbell's third book on the Karoo.

Like her previous work this story is a piece of social realism but, for the first time, Campbell introduces hints of magical realism - which is very much in keeping with the world view of the people she writes about.

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Imprint: Umuzi (Random House Struik)
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: 2019
Authors: Carol Campbell
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 978-1-4152-1008-6
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
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Books > Local Author Showcase > Fiction - adults
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LSN: 1-4152-1008-X
Barcode: 9781415210086

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