The Conservationist

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 15, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (2012)

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 and The Pickup. 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. Her most recent novel was No Time Like the Present, published in 2012. Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She lived in South Africa until she died in 2014.

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