Author(s): Andre Brink
Awards:2012-Fiction-Longlist-Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Feb 11, 2013
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Product Number: Z100099755
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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ISBN: #9781452691282
Narrator/s: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don't say no. You don't ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not.Andre Brink-"one of South Africa's greatest novelists" (the Telegraph)-gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois's father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north. Here is the remarkable story-based on individuals connected to the author's family-of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey-from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country-in order to reclaim her soul.


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Author(s): Andre Brink
Narrator(s): Carla Mercer-Meyer
Product Number DD8196
Released: Feb 11, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452611280
Author(s): Andre Brink
Product Number EB00173265
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780345805041

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"Harrowing, painful to hear, PHILIDA offers a chronicle of torture, rape, and emotional devastation in Zandvliet, a wine farm in the Cape Colony, South Africa, in 1832, just prior to manumission. Narrator Carla Mercer-Meyer offers a poignant Philida, who dares to complain to the "slave protector" that she was promised freedom by "Frans" Brink, the farm owner's son, in exchange for sexual favors. Eight years and four children later, Frans isn't keeping his promise. Mercer-Meyer delivers Philida's na•vetŽ with wrenching honesty. Each new character has an appropriate accent and personality, and although she does little with gender differentiation, Mercer-Meyer keeps emotions under tight rein as horrific details emerge. Listed for the Man Booker Prize, this novel is based on events from the author's family history. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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