Thursday, October 27, 2016
Review: Child of the River by:Irma Joubert
About the Book:
Persomi’s dreams are much bigger than the world of poverty and deprivation that surround her in the Bushveld of the 1940s and 1950s in South Africa.
Persomi is young, white and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm. Persomi’s world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her. Her older brother, Gerbrand, is her lifeline and her connection to the outside world. When he leaves the farm to seek work in Johannesburg, Persomi’s isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her—dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her—the tragedies of WWII and the devastating racial strife of her homeland—she finally discovers who she truly is and where she belongs.
A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Persomi’s English language publication solidifies Irma Joubert’s important place in the canon of inspirational historical fiction.
A great story that reminded me much of something similar to A Little House on the Prairie except the setting is not set in the United States it is set in South Africa. Persomi is a young girl that has leaned in on her older brother for so long that now since his leaving the family to go to work in Johannesburg, she feels like her right arm is missing.
Persomi has to learn how to navigate this world on her own and to decide for herself how to respond to the world around her. She starts to grow and mature and realize the devastation that is going on outside her own somewhat sheltered existence.
The thing about growing and maturing it gives you a sense of self and a confidence that only this type of experience can provide. Persomi learns all to quickly what it means to walk this earth and the line between living in freedom or becoming a prisoner of it.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.