South African Literature Recommendations
South Africa has a rich oral tradition. This form of expression goes back centuries and has been a device for sharing advice, remembering history and telling stories.
Most of the literature of South Africa is written in Afrikaans or English. Only recently have the black tribes begun writing down their oral stories and now about a fifth of the books published in South Africa appear in African languages.
Here are some book recommendations from our agency Reynolds Travel:
Spud by John van de Ruit (2005)
A comedic sometimes sad yet straight forward novel that captures the humor of life in boarding school, through the diary of John 'Spud' Milton. The book is written in the style of a diary. The story begins on the morning of Spud's first day at a private boarding school, following his year and experiences with the often eccentric characters found in the school environment. The diary also follows Spud's family life.
Jock of the Bushveld by James Percy FitzPatrick (1907)
The book tells of FitzPatrick's travels with his dog, Jock, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross,during the 1880s, when he worked as a storeman, prospector's assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal (then the South African Republic).
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (1994)
Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. he book profiles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison. Under the apartheid government, Mandela was regarded as a terrorist and jailed on the infamous Robben Island for his role as a leader of the then-outlawed ANC. He later achieved international recognition for his leadership as president in rebuilding the country's once segregated society.The last chapters of the book describe his political ascension, and his belief that the struggle still continued against apartheid in South Africa.