The Trap

The Trap

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First published in the 1950s, these stories are set in South Africa and concern the black-white confrontation there, describing the society from an artistic rather than a journalistic view-point. The central characters are seemingly ordinary people who become involved in incidents which they fail understand, but yet recognize the parts they must play. Both stories dramatize confrontation - between husband and wife, the boss and his boy and between black and white. The author was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Kimberley, South Africa. He has lived in London since the mid-1950s but has revisited South Africa several times.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 190mm | 163g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192821075
  • 9780192821072

Review Text

A novella which is sere and spare and jibes at the white man's supremacy issues from the African veld where van Schoor, a farmer, sustains an unequal struggle against the land and the natives. Van Schoor's discovery that Setole, his plasterer, has been beaten when drunk, leads to the admission of the deed by Willem, his bossboy, who pleads that Setole had made indecent approaches and should be discharged. Setole is chased away, but as he leaves suggests that there are other troubles on the farm- from Willem, although "a Kaffir with respect", is engaged in a sheep stealing partnership with the butcher, Maclachlan. Maclachlan, warned by Willem that they have been watched, sees that Willem is caught and turns him in to van Schoor whose sense of personal betrayal is bitter... A sullen, sultry country and the black man's evasive, mocking lip-service to the white provides an effective episode. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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