Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm. As the upheaval in Mehring's world increasingly resembles that in the country as a whole, it becomes clear that only a seismic shift in ideas and concrete action can avert annihilation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - doryfish - LibraryThing
This is an important book, I guess, but not really a fun one to read. It's essentially the portrait of someone who believes he is a good man but is not, and who has no epiphanies regarding how unloved and lonely he is. So, yeah, not a pick-me-upper. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gypsysmom - LibraryThing
I have read some of Gordimer's other books and really enjoyed them but this one just never grabbed me. Partly it was because the main character is so very unlikeable. In fact I was reminded of the ... Read full review