Age of Iron

Age of Iron

[a Novel]

Book - 1998
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In Cape Town, South Africa, an old woman is dying of cancer. A classics professor, Mrs. Curren has been opposed to the lies and brutality of apartheid all her life, but has lived insulated from its true horrors. Now she is suddenly forced to come to terms with the iron-hearted rage that the system has wrought. In an extended letter addressed to her daughter, who has long since fled to America, Mrs. Curren recounts the strange events of her dying days. She witnesses the burning of a nearby black township and discovers the bullet-riddled body of her servant's son. A teenage black activist hiding in her house is killed by security forces. And through it all, her only companion, the only person to whom she can confess her mounting anger and despair, is a homeless man, an alcoholic, who one day appears on her doorstep.

Brilliantly crafted and resonant with metaphor, Age of Iron is "a superbly realized novel whose truths cut to the bone." (The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1998, c1990
ISBN: 9780140275650
Branch Call Number: COETZ
Characteristics: 198 p

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Aug 26, 2017

A highly restricted vocabulary; much use of repetition, often used in consecutive sentences, eg., "I need... I need... I need..." and "Let me tell... Let me tell... Let me tell...". The story itself is a bit odd: a dying professor is writing letters to her daughter in the U.S.A. (this is the form that most of the narration occurs) and she finds a homeless man on her property, and eventually in her garage, and eventually in her own bed, meanwhile the country (South Africa) is in a state of mild civil war and her maid's son and his friend are involved in the struggle against the government.

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