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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Review: The ConservationistUser Review - Huzaafa Yousuf - Goodreads
A Booker Prize winner by a Nobel laureate, so I was clearly expecting a lot. So where do I start? The prose, yes. This is such a carefully written book with sentences like meticulous brush strokes ... Read full review
Review: The ConservationistUser Review - Hadrian - Goodreads
The Conservationist is a literary exercise in unsettlement. When the body of a black man is found in Mehring's farm outside of Johannesburg, you realize that Gordimer is writing with a capacity for ... Read full review