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Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not.

Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. The year is 1832 and the Cape is rife with rumours about the liberation of the slaves. Philida decides to risk her whole life by lodging a complaint against Francois, who has reneged on his promise to set her free.

His father has ordered him to marry a white woman from a prominent Cape Town family, and Philida will be sold on to owners in the harsh country up north. Unwilling to accept this fate, Philida continues to test the limits of her freedom, and with the Muslim slave Labyn she sets off on a journey across the great wilderness on the banks of the Gariep River, to the far north of Cape Town. Philida is an unforgettable story of one womanâe(tm)s determination to survive and be free.

Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, ©2012
ISBN: 9781846557040
Branch Call Number: F BRI
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 23 cm.


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Feb 27, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It's worth a read.

Sep 13, 2013

Many books written in a vernacular are challenging to read but this one was especially difficult . I just didn't like the story or how it was written. I checked it out twice and put it down both times.

Jane60201 Jul 04, 2013

This is definitely a "best read." An unusual historical novel set from many points of view as the characters reveal their motivations and their cultural biases.

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