A Sport of Nature: A Novel

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Knopf, 1987 - Civil rights workers - 341 pages
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Follows the story of Hillela, a white South African woman, from her self-absorbed adolescence in Johannesburg to her years as the wife of the black president of one of Africa's most progressive nations

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User Review  - Drew - Goodreads

You sense Nadine Gordimer somewhat admires her protagonist, the colorblind, social-climbing iconoclast Hillela who rises in World Politics just as South Africa's apartheid is being overthrown. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

A Sport of Nature by Nadine Gordimer recounts the life a white Jewish girl named Hillela whose mother abandoned her as a child, who was raised by two aunts, who ran away from a middle-class South ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1987)

Winner of many international awards, South African Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, Transvaal and received her education at a convent school and at the University of the Witersand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Gordimer - novelist, short story writer, and essayist - is one of South Africa's best-known authors, and she is perhaps the country's most gifted contemporary novelist. In her fiction Gordimer consistently attacks the system of apartheid from the standpoint of the white middle class. Her stories show how some whites slowly awaken to the injustice and moral corruption of the system while others fail to see how the racial policy eats away at the moral basis of society. Gordimer's narratives are rich in detail and precise observation. She frequently uses a single well-drawn event, incident, or scene to capture the sense of broad social decay she seeks to depict. In an early work, The Late Bourgeois World (1966), she expresses some cautious hope for the future of South Africa. A Sport of Nature (1987), her most recent novel, shows the development of a young, middle-class, white woman into a political activist.

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