A Sport of Nature

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A&C Black, 2013 - Fiction - 448 pages
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A bold, sweeping story of one girl's rise from obscurity to an unpredictable kind of political powerAbandoned by her mother, Hillela is left to be raised by her two aunts in South Africa. At Olga's she might have acquired a taste for antiques and a style of dress to please a suitable husband. At Pauline's she might have developed a social conscience. But Hillela's betrayal of her position as a surrogate daughter so shocks both families that at seventeen she is cast adrift.Swiftly and perilously, her life opens out. She lives as a footloose girl among political exiles on a beach in East Africa, drifting between jobs and lovers, and finally becomes the wife of a black revolutionary. Personal tragedy is ultimately the catalyst for her political development, leading her into a heroic role in the overthrow of apartheid.
 

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Gordimer achieves a remarkable imaginative integration of private and public experience in this powerful novel, which traces the life of a beautiful South African woman from childhood to early middle ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
41
Section 4
52
Section 5
71
Section 6
128
Section 7
157
Section 8
158
Section 14
225
Section 15
238
Section 16
251
Section 17
274
Section 18
293
Section 19
299
Section 20
318
Section 21
334

Section 9
179
Section 10
180
Section 11
198
Section 12
206
Section 13
215
Section 22
355
Section 23
386
Section 24
410
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Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Get A Life, Burger's Daughter, July's People, My Son's Story, The Pickup and, most recently, No Time Like the Present. Her collections of short stories include The Soft Voice of the Serpent, Something Out There, Jump, Loot and, most recently, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black. She has also collected and edited Telling Tales, a story anthology published in fourteen languages whose royalties go to HIV/AIDS organisations. In 2010 her nonfiction writings were collected in Telling Times and a substantial selection of her stories was published in Life Times. Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She lives in South Africa.

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