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This is an auction for A WORLD OF STRANGERS, by Nadine Gordimer.

Amazon.com review:

"If ever a writer told things as they were, without the trappings of self-righteousness, romantic illusion or overwrought interpretation, it is Gordimer. In A World of Strangers, she is a keen reporter of the minutiae of daily life in 1950s South Africa. Gordimer juxtaposes the dim sameness and shallow veneer of the lavish excess of white South African society life with the restricted and sometimes chaotic lives of the South African blacks. Gordimer contrasts these polarities facilely, telling the story through the eyes of her reluctant protagonist, Toby Hood, an outsider who arrives from England to work in South Africa. Toby slides in and out of the two realities, noticing the differences from the point of view of someone who is never quite on the inside. In a general sense, Toby embodies but also exposes the hypocrisy of South African society: he recognizes its injustices but accepts them nevertheless. After reading a tourist pamphlet, Toby observes,"I felt as if I were reading of another country, from seas away. But then the country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells and empty Coca-Cola bottles to keep the grubby finger-print of reality upon the beautiful." Toby is conscious of the plastic unreality of the society life but like a tourist chooses not to involve himself deeply in the reality."

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2002.

266 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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