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 - bodachliath - LibraryThing
My desultory tour of the Booker prize reaches 1974 and South Africa. This book tells the story of a successful white businessman who buys a farm but gradually sees any attempt to find meaning there fail. Well-written and enjoyable in places, but overall rather bleak and hopeless. Read full review