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The Rowing Lesson (Paperback): Anne Landsman The Rowing Lesson (Paperback)
Anne Landsman 1
R205 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R33 (16%) Out of stock

Winner of the South African M-Net Literary Prize (English category).
"Rarely in South African writing will we encounter language of such fire and passion."--J.M. Coetzee
"The beauty of "The Rowing Lesson" is in its fluid metaphors, its urgent storytelling . . . and the lyric desperation of a daughter's love."--"O Magazine"
"Beautiful. . . . Unfailingly original."--Jennifer Egan
"Visceral. . . . Intensely exhilarating."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Like Joyce or William Gass or John Edgar Wideman, Anne Landsman fashions a sensual web of memory and desire, rescuing a world on the brink of extinction through the power of her lyricism."--Stewart O'Nan
"Amazing."--"Los Angeles Times"
"A tour de force."--Roxana Robinson
"An adventure in language. . . . It makes art of life."--Louis Menand
Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to the bedside of her dying father in a South African hospital. Faced with having to say goodbye, she delves into his mind, speaking to him in the lyrical second-person. She imaginatively recreates his life--his struggles to become a doctor after being orphaned young and his fight to win the respect of his Boer patients as a Jew--as well as her own experiences with him as a father.
Anne Landsman was born and raised in South Africa and received degrees from the University of Cape Town and Columbia University. Her debut novel, "The Devil's Chimney," also set in South Africa, was a Book of the Month Club Quality Paperback Selection and was nominated for a PEN/Hemingway Award. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

The Rowing Lesson (Paperback): Anne Landsman The Rowing Lesson (Paperback)
Anne Landsman
R305 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R61 (20%) Out of stock

Pregnant with her first child, Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to her father's hospital bed in South Africa. Harold Klein is sensual, irascible, a passionately committed doctor, and a complex husband and father. As Betsy sits and waits for him to stir from his coma, she is compelled to imagine his life. Fatherless and skinny, Harold Klein had to struggle to assert himself in his family, and, later, to become a doctor and to win the respect of his Boer patients.We first meet him as a young man on a formative, sexually charged excursion with his friends on the Touw, a river to which he often returns. That is where he later teaches his little daughter to row, and finally, where he makes his last metaphoric passage. "The Rowing Lesson" is an utterly convincing and vivid portrait of a consciousness and a life, shot through with a daughter's fierce empathy and exasperation. By the heartbreaking end of the novel, it seems inconceivable that we will not meet Harold Klein directly, that he will never wake up, so powerfully has he been brought to life.

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