Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Five must-read Nadine Gordimer books

At the Guardian, Claire Armitstead tagged five must-read books by the late Nadine Gordimer, including:
The Conservationist (1974)

Gordimer was joint winner of the Booker prize for this novel, which exposes the delusions of apartheid through the character of Mehring, a rich white businessman turned dilettante farmer, who is confronted with an unidentified corpse on his land. Mehring's certainty that he always does "the right thing" is undermined by a narrative that constantly undercuts his smug conservatism. Considering the novel as a contender for the Best of Booker prize, Sam Jordison wrote: "The intensity of this writing requires serious concentration, especially when coupled with an impressionistic narrative that skips backwards and forwards over time and situates us right inside Mehring's head – an increasingly unpleasant place to be. It's hard work – but is correspondingly effective."
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue