Life-Blood - Earth-Blood Lawrence Bransby

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Life-Blood - Earth-Blood  by  Lawrence Bransby

Life-Blood - Earth-Blood by Lawrence Bransby
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Africa and the ownership of land – an issue that has led to more slaughter of human beings than any other in this war-torn continent. The have’s and the have-not’s, black against white, tribe against tribe, farm owner against farm worker. Because inMoreAfrica and the ownership of land – an issue that has led to more slaughter of human beings than any other in this war-torn continent. The have’s and the have-not’s, black against white, tribe against tribe, farm owner against farm worker.

Because in Africa, land is more than just a possession: it is a symbol of one’s identity as a human being, a tribe, a family.Set the scene: Two white-owned farms in South Africa- black farm labourers resentful that the New South Africa has not brought them the ownership of land that they had hoped for- whites afraid of whether the New South Africa will be kind to them.

But the transfer of land from whites to blacks is increasingly being discussed and it’s only a matter of time before the farms are taken by force, legal or otherwise. To the black labourers, there is a glimmer of hope – perhaps they will once again own and farm the land that once belonged to their ancestors- to the whites, the spectre of Zimbabwe hovers over them with an ominous sense of darkness.On the one farm, Mr Du Pisane executes a preemptive strike: he evicts his labourers before they can lay any claim to his land.

Pushed off the small plots they have come to regard as their own, his workers join the ever-growing band of homeless blacks in a squatter camp just outside town. Angry at this treatment they vow revenge – especially their more hot-blooded children. And then one of the children dies…Life-Blood – Earth-Blood is a story told through the eyes of all the characters in carefully-observed first-person narration, white and black, young and old – with all their aching insecurities, their loves, hates and jealousies, their yearnings and disappointments- in it Bransby brings to life a small cross-section of life in rural South Africa so real that, as we turn the pages, we smell the dusty paths walked by the characters, the acrid blue of wood-smoke rising from burning veld- we hear the bees clustering about the hive, feel their wings fan lightly the face of James, absorbed in the wonder of their creation- we see the blood pool in the dust from Const.

Breedt’s head, shot at point-blank range as he searches through the tin shacks of the squatters and we run with the squatters to hide in their bare shacks, knowing there will be recriminations…A novel of devastating power and freshness by award-winning author Lawrence Bransby- a novel that captures the tensions of life in South Africa in all its raw reality, lays bare the deep emotions stirred by the land issue – yet, at the same time, is filled with a deep sense of hope and reconciliation.About the AuthorLawrence Bransby has taught English to both high and primary school children throughout his life, often taking his personal experience of working with young children and teenagers as the starting point of his novels – especially during the break-up of the hated Apartheid regime in South Africa when the all-white school he taught at became multi-racial.Of the eight teenage novels he has written, four have won literary prizes and one short-listed.

Twice his novels were chosen by Book Chat as South African Children’s Books of the Year (Homeward Bound and A Mountaintop Experience). Down Street, his first teenage novel, won the prestigious MER Prize for Youth Literature and The Boy who Counted to a Million won the seldom-awarded Percy Fitzpatrick Literary Prize. Bransby’s writing includes novels both for teenagers and adults as well as travel diaries, begun when, in 1997, he crossed Africa with his 17-year-old son on old XT500 motorcycles. His diary of this amazing journey is published as Trans-Africa by motorcycle – A Father’s Diary.He now lives and works in Paignton, UK.



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