When Rain Clouds Gather

When Rain Clouds Gather A Poverty Stricken Village In The Heart Of Rural Botswana Is A Haven To The Exiles Gathered There When A Political Refugee From South Africa Joins Forces With An English Agricultural Expert, The Time Honoured Subsistence Farming Method And Old Ways Of Life Are Challenged.

Bessie Emery Head 6 July 1937 17 April 1986 , though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana s most influential writer.Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent Bessie Emery Head 6 July 1937 17 April 1986 , though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana s most influential writer.Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent to a quiet location to give birth to Bessie without the neighbours knowing However, the exact circumstances are disputed, and some of Bessie Head s comments, though often quoted as straight autobiography, are in fact from fictionalized settings.In the 1950s and 60s she was a teacher, then a journalist for the South African magazine Drum In 1964 she moved to Botswana then still the Bechuanaland Protectorate as a refugee, having been peripherally involved with Pan African politics It would take 15 years for Head to obtain Botswana citizenship Head settled in Serowe, the largest of Botswana s villages i.e traditional settlements as opposed to settler towns Serowe was famous both for its historical importance, as capital of the Bamangwato people, and for the experimental Swaneng school of Patrick van Rensburg The deposed chief of the Bamangwato, Seretse Khama, was soon to become the first President of independent Botswana.Her early death in 1986 aged 48 from hepatitis came just at the point where she was starting to achieve recognition as a writer and was no longer so desperately poor from Wikipedia

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  • Paperback
  • 185 pages
  • When Rain Clouds Gather
  • Bessie Head
  • English
  • 19 May 2018
  • 0435909614

10 thoughts on “When Rain Clouds Gather

  1. says:

    It was Alice Walker who advised me to read Bessie Head, and it s true, she knows how to induce tenderness sympathy for her characters, and fill a scenario that other authors would make gloomy and grim with sweet passion and sunlight, with humanity and warmth.There is quite a strong author voice in this novel, a strong hold maintained on the material by the author Yet the f...

  2. says:

    A wonderful story of hardship, tragedy, and hope A black South African fugitive from justice, a young British expert in farming, two wise old villagers, an evil and cowardly chief, his jovial and womanizing bro...

  3. says:

    This book is part of my required reading for the Unisa BA course that I m busy with at time of writing, so please forgive me if I go a little deeper with this review than my regular offerings.Firstly, I need to look at the context in which this book was written Bessie Head, the child of a white mother and a black father, was born during a time in South Africa when interracial marriages were illegal, so she grew up within a racially segregated country She was also involved in the media as a jou This bo...

  4. says:

    I previously read Maru, by the same author, and found it well written but disturbing, given that the central romance consists of the male protagonist stalking, manipulating and putting down the female protagonist So I expected to really enjoy another book by Head, with a different plot Unfortunately, while this one isn t disturbing, nor is it engaging The book tells us a lot about the characters and they tell each other a lot about agriculture, without their ever coming to life in a way tha I previously read Maru, by the same author, and found it well written but disturbing, given that the central romance consists of the male protagonist stalking, manipulating and putting down the female protagonist So I expected to really enj...

  5. says:

    Bessie Head s When Rain Clouds Gather was a delight to read About a South African exiled in Botswana and there has to deal with chiefs, politics, a man who is eager to change the circumstances in a village I really liked the themes of love, jealousy and power struggles that are handled in this bo...

  6. says:

    Bessie Head s books are short but is filled to the brim with characters who become elements of study In When Rain clouds gather, she steps back from story telling and allows her characters to teach the readers who are observing in on the changes that s starting to take place in the quiet rural farming village The story is a study in disappointment and hope Head plays in twos be it in Maru or in When rain clouds gather, she uses dualism to further her ideas and spin a twist on contradiction Bessie Head s books are short but is filled to the brim with characters who become elements of study In When Rain clouds gather, she steps back from story telling and allows her characters to teach the readers who are observing in on the changes that s starting to take place in the quiet rural farming village The story is a study in disappointment and hope Head plays in twos be it in Maru or in When rain clouds gather, she uses dualism to further her ideas and spin a twist on contrad...

  7. says:

    Bessie Head manages to saturate When Rain Clouds Gather with a thoroughly winning concoction of generous bitterness Though numerous antagonists, injustices and misfortunes beset the sympathetic characters of her book, they don t sour the atmosphere or poison the narrative this is refreshingly different from some of the continent s unrepentantly sourpuss authors like Achebe and Coetzee The balance of discontent and gratitude that carries the novel also exists within some of t...

  8. says:

    I didn t think it was possible for rain clouds to gather on a daily basis and never a drop of rain A story of hope, new beginnings, and pain The tease of clouds above without a drop to give is a reflection of the ...

  9. says:

    As someone said in previous review, the book cannot be understood without digging deep into the culture of S.Africa and Botswana Thus, I had some difficulties drawing parallel between the book s actions and real political events concerning apartheid and genocide in South Africa Overall, great novel,...

  10. says:

    You may see no rivers on the ground but we keep the rivers inside us That is why all good things and all good people are called rain Sometimes we see the rain clouds gather even though not a cloud appears in the sky It is all in our hearts.

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