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The Story of an African Farm

The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner is one of those books that I’ve been aware of for quite some time, but never got as far as reading. Being the first major English novel written by a South African (and a woman), and published in 1883, I was unsure what to expect.

I was, however, quite blown away by the brilliance of this novel. It is extremely intelligent, with a level of philosophical and religious debate that even today comes across as modern and thought-provoking.

Furthermore, Schreiner’s characters are rounded and interesting, and interwoven into a narrative that excels in portraying rural South African life in the mid-nineteenth century.

A truly excellent read!


  1. Posted 24 Aug ’10 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Ek wil darem net vir jou sê dat ek hierdie blog van jou teredeë geniet. Ek lees amper alles waarop ek my hande kan lê en dis lekker om hier te kom loer wat is daar wat ek nog kan gaan uitsoek om te lees.

    Dankie baie en doet so voort!

    • Posted 24 Aug ’10 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Anne-marie

      Ek’s baie bly dat jy die blog geniet. Dis altyd lekker om te hoor iemand volg dit, en veral iemand te kry wat ook passievol is oor lees!

  2. Priscilla
    Posted 14 May ’13 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    The reason why I got into the internet is that someone told me something that I don’t wanna believe about my surname where it comes from.He told me that am originating from the Masomeng surname which might be the first generation of my surname.He mentioned all these nasty things and surnames that I never heard of.I said I said to him maybe if can tell me about the Mogodi’s which is the original of the Plaatje’s,Mooki whish is the original of the Sebotse’s. As I grew up I was explained that the Sebotse’s gave birth to the Plaatjes.According my knowledge am an aunt to the Plaatjes.In my coming up I heard everything about Sol Plaatje thus I wanna read more and deeper about him and this I’ve enjoyed and know where I come form and whom am I.

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