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While the book is good and worth reading I was rather disappointed. It was not the author's intent to delve into the details of this war and I can accept that. However, this is historical fiction and I expect considerably more history than was offered in this book. To my recollection only one person of historical repute was mentioned in the book and that was an Englishwoman journalist that tried to expose conditions in these camps and a mention was all she got.
Other than that mention the history in this novel was non-existent. To me the book became a weak prison story arbitrarily set during a specific historic event without interacting in any way with that event. Further, the camp life described hardly depicted the genuine harshness of these places.
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I've read too many actual and fictional depictions of these kinds of conditions and by comparison this book failed to do justice to the suffering endured by these women and children. If the author's intention was to use historical fiction in a story about the Boer concentration camps then he needed to do a better job of detailing how oppressive these place were and how and why they existed. The background of these camps is what is missing and that would have put the history in this fiction.
My criticisms may be entirely subjective and other readers will probably have different opinions but I liked the book and just thought it could have been better. This is a wonderfully written coming-of-age story about the consequences of the Boer War on a family of farmers particularly from the POV of the fourteen year old daughter. I had no idea going in that the descendants of the original Dutch settlers to South Africa were rounded up by the British and placed in concentration camps. Definitely recommend this.
View all 3 comments. Mar 22, Eileen rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. An absolute Must Read As has been proven, history is destined to repeat itself.
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Although this historical novel takes place in an internment camp in South Africa during the Boer War, unfortunately the circumstances ring true today as people struggle to survive in refugee camps all around the world. Lettie, a 14 year old girl has been sent by the British Army to live in an internment camp with her mother and siblings while the men in her Afrikaner family are off fighting against the British. Des An absolute Must Read Despite extreme hardships Lettie does her best to keep going using intelligence, determination and pluckiness.
Dave Boling has done a wonderful job of transporting the reader into the midst of the chaos of families separated and uprooted by war as they each try to survive. View 1 comment. Mar 05, Leslie rated it really liked it. A very good story, very sad, it was heartwarming, the relationship the family members had with each other. I had never heard of this war before and I am sadden to think of how many children died in these camps. The lack of food and soap provided by the British, and the sheer waste of their livestock, when that could have gone to provide to sustenance for the refugees and the soldiers.
Such a simple thing, makes me think that those in charge were very, very stupid. Unfortunately, knowing nothing A very good story, very sad, it was heartwarming, the relationship the family members had with each other. Unfortunately, knowing nothing about the war or the history of these people, I was a little lost about the relationships with the native people and how Lettie's family ended up in Africa in the first place. Is this perhaps a sequel?
Anyway, it was a good book and I'm glad I read it. View 2 comments. Dec 16, Tuck rated it it was amazing Shelves: south-africa , western-rural-with-tractors-horse , pre-wwi , this-ain-t-a-louis-lamour-type-of-p , sailing-and-fighting. Readers gain some insight into why the boer felt so embattled and a chosen people.
And how local tribes were caught in a pincher of western exploitation and out of hand cruelty.
Feb 19, Kim Bertschi rated it really liked it. Beautifully written through the eyes of a young adolescent girl sent with her mother and siblings to a concentration camp during one of the Boer Wars. It was good to learn a little of the history of this time and place, one I had heard of but knew nothing about. Feb 27, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. The story is told by a year old "Boer" girl in about , and alternates between chapters of life in a British "concentration camp" in Africa, and chapters about life on the farm where she lived with her family before the 2nd Boer War started.
The Boer men were off trying to repel the British invasion of their farmlands, which started after gold and diamonds were discovered. The story demonstrated the strength of family, faith, and perseverance in the face of significant hardship and loss. As with Guernica, it is well-told and researched.
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Feb 27, Kelli rated it really liked it. This was an awesome book that tells of a slice of history that I had never heard of before. Jun 09, Doreen rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. Fourteen-year-old Lettie Venter is the narrator. Her Oupa Gideon, Vader, and older brother Schalk are off fighting when the British arrive and burn down their farm.
Lettie, her Moeder, younger brother Willem , and baby sister Cecilia are taken to an internment camp where they are housed in crowded tents. Lettie describes the deplorable conditions in which they live; people die of disease because of poor sanitation and This novel is set in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War of Lettie describes the deplorable conditions in which they live; people die of disease because of poor sanitation and malnutrition.
In some ways, this is a coming-of-age novel. If we have no part in our fate, what is the point? Maples forces Lettie to see the British as individuals who are not all like those who destroyed her home. And he seemed such a goodhearted little, doing his best, trying to see the good in people.