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South from the Limpopo: Travels Through South Africa (edição 1998)

por Dervla Murphy (Autor)

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Dervla Murphy's journal of her cycle tours of South Africa, before, during, and after the transfer of power in 1994, gives a day-by-day view of that momentous period. When she first pedalled across the Limpopo she fancied that she understood South Africa's problems because for more than 40 years she had - from a distance - taken a particular intrest in them. Within 12 hours of her journey that illusion was shattered. This journal refelcts her moods of confusion and eleation, hope and disappointment as she tries to come to terms with a country even more complex and shattered - but also more flexible - than she had expected. As she records her quite often contradictory reactions to the new South Africa, Dervla Murphy's journal records how she came to love the new South Africa.… (mais)
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Título:South from the Limpopo: Travels Through South Africa
Autores:Dervla Murphy (Autor)
Informação:Flamingo (1998), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
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The celebrated Irish travel writer describes three visits to South Africa, before, during and after the 1994 elections. In the winter of 1993 she cycled right across the country from the Zimbabwe border on the Limpopo to Johannesburg and Cape Town, then back east through the Cape into Natal; in April 1994 she was in Cape Town for the election and Mandela's inauguration; later in 1994, after recovering from an accident in her home in Ireland, she is back in the saddle to see the parts of Natal and Transvaal she wasn't able to get to earlier.

As we would expect, Murphy heads for the most interesting-seeming spots, whether or not she's been warned to avoid them for her own safety, and manages to get into conversation with people of just about every possible cultural background and variety of political opinion (always provided that they can speak some English). Interviewees range all the way from ANC comrades in townships to Eugene Terre'Blanche's horse. Whilst Murphy evidently does her best to give everyone a fair hearing and not get into arguments, she doesn't hesitate to share her positive or negative reactions to what she sees and hears with the reader.

Everything is reported diary-fashion, thus with as little intrusion of hindsight as possible: she wants us to share her on-the-spot reactions: the uncertainty and danger of the lead-up to the elections (especially around the Chris Hani assassination, which happened whilst she was in Cape Town), the general euphoria when they passed off peacefully, and then the realisation six months later that electing a black president was just the first step on a long journey and that there would be a lot of difficult readjustment before all the injustices of apartheid could be put right.

Lively, opinionated, committed: wonderful travel-writing, as always. ( )
  thorold | Jun 12, 2020 |
Intrepid traveller Murphy cycles her way across South Africa during the momentous events of 1994 when power was transferred from Afrikaners to the ANC led by Nelson Mandela.

This book is however not about politics but about the common folks Afrikaner, Black, Coloured and Indian she meets across the way. One thing that stands out is the rabid hatred still harboured by the whites who for some reason would not treat the rest of the population as normal humans, let alone equally. It is a real wonder that there hasn't been civil war and a tidal wave of violence after the transition. In a way you can say that the whites have been forgiven for all their past transgressions though isolated incidents of extreme violence does occur.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Intrepid traveller Murphy cycles her way across South Africa during the momentous events of 1994 when power was transferred from Afrikaners to the ANC led by Nelson Mandela.

This book is however not about politics but about the common folks Afrikaner, Black, Coloured and Indian she meets across the way. One thing that stands out is the rabid hatred still harboured by the whites who for some reason would not treat the rest of the population as normal humans, let alone equally. It is a real wonder that there hasn't been civil war and a tidal wave of violence after the transition. In a way you can say that the whites have been forgiven for all their past transgressions though isolated incidents of extreme violence does occur.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
I absolutely loved Murphy's "Full Tilt" about her ride to India on a bicycle, so I really looked forward to reading "South from the Limpopo" about her bicycle trips in South Africa. However, I found this book really paled in comparison to "Full Tilt." She visits South Africa several times as Apartheid ends and Mandela is elected president. The focus on politics made the book extremely repetitive as she talks politics with most everyone she meets and generally encounters the same opinions amongst members of the same racial groups. There is a bit of alphabet soup as she refers to political parties and assumes you have more knowledge about South African politics than I do. I think this would be a great book for someone who has studied South African politics, but for someone with more superficial knowledge, this book drags. ( )
  amerynth | Sep 26, 2010 |
Dervla Murphy, een Ierse vrouw geboren in de jaren 30 is samen met Carolijn Visser een van mijn 2 favoriete reisverhalenschrijfsters. Nadat haar beide ouders, voor wie ze jarenlang had moeten zorgen, in 1963 waren overleden maakte ze haar eerste grote fietstocht van Duinkerken naar Delhi en schreef ze haar eerste boek "Full tilt ****". Na het succes van haar eerste boeken maakte ze nog vele reizen, voornamelijk per fiets, waar ze tal van boeken over schreef: "Voetsporen in de Andes **" over een tocht door de Andes met haar dochter en een muilezel, "Transsylvania and beyond ****" over een fietstocht door Roemenië na de val van Ceausescu en "The Ukimwi Road ****" over een fietstocht door Oost-Afrika die in het teken stond van de Aidsepidemie.
Ook schreef ze boeken over politieke onderwerpen zoals "Tibetan foothold **" over een lang verblijf in een Tibetaans vluchtelingenkamp in Nepal en "A place apart **, niet uitgelezen" over de problemen in Noord-Ierland. Eigenlijk ligt de kracht van al haar boeken in de ontmoetingen die ze met allerlei gewone mensen heeft en de manier waarop ze over die ontmoetingen schrijft.
"South from the Limpopo" beschrijft 3 reizen, voor een groot deel per fiets, die Murphy maakt vlak voor, tijdens en vlak na de eerste algemene presidentsverkiezingen in april 1994 waarbij Nelson Mandela als eerste zwarte president werd gekozen. Ook in dit boek ligt de nadruk op de vele ontmoetingen met allerlei gewone mensen, zowel blanken, zwarten als kleurlingen. Af en toe is het boek een beetje taai om te lezen, ook wel door de vele afkortingen die er in voorkomen, maar ik vind het een uitstekend boek om mee te beginnen voor iemand die wil weten hoe het is om in Zuid-Afrika rond te reizen en ook nog een beetje de politieke situatie wil begrijpen. Een paar jaar oud, maar nog zeer relevant en warm aanbevolen voor wie zijn Engels goed beheerst.
Uitgelezen: zondag 12 november 2000 ( )
  erikscheffers | Sep 14, 2009 |
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Dervla Murphy's journal of her cycle tours of South Africa, before, during, and after the transfer of power in 1994, gives a day-by-day view of that momentous period. When she first pedalled across the Limpopo she fancied that she understood South Africa's problems because for more than 40 years she had - from a distance - taken a particular intrest in them. Within 12 hours of her journey that illusion was shattered. This journal refelcts her moods of confusion and eleation, hope and disappointment as she tries to come to terms with a country even more complex and shattered - but also more flexible - than she had expected. As she records her quite often contradictory reactions to the new South Africa, Dervla Murphy's journal records how she came to love the new South Africa.

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