Softness of the Lime

Softness of the Lime In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope traders politicians farmers and fortune seekers compete for goods land and power It is here that Geert Baardwijk a wealthy Dutch heir fin

  • Title: Softness of the Lime
  • Author: Maxine Case
  • ISBN: 9781415209332
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1782 In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, traders, politicians, farmers and fortune seekers compete for goods, land and power It is here that Geert Baardwijk, a wealthy Dutch heir, finds himself drawn to Lena, a young slave he has inherited from his father.Bartered and sold into slavery as a child, Lena pines for the Madagascan highlands from within the c1782 In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, traders, politicians, farmers and fortune seekers compete for goods, land and power It is here that Geert Baardwijk, a wealthy Dutch heir, finds himself drawn to Lena, a young slave he has inherited from his father.Bartered and sold into slavery as a child, Lena pines for the Madagascan highlands from within the cloistered confines of her master s townhouse When Geert marries a woman from the upper strata of Cape society to preserve his wealth and status, he is forced to confront his own responsibilities and failings, as well as the true meaning of love and fatherhood.Spanning than eighty years, Softness of the Lime tells of traditions old and emerging, at a time in the Cape when competition for ownership of everything including people was at its peak Drawing on the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case mesmerises with this compelling story of passion and integrity, love and betrayal.

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    2 thoughts on “Softness of the Lime

    1. Maxine Case made her literary debut with All We Have Left Unsaid, a work that was awarded the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book Africa , and in the same year was the joint winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize Her most recent book, Papwa Golf s Lost Legend, was shortlisted for the 2016 Alan Paton Award A fellow of the Ford Foundation s International Fellowship Program, she has been named an honorary fellow in writing by the University of Iowa, Hong Kong Baptist University, and City of Asylum Pittsburgh, and her work has been translated into several languages, including Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the New School in New York and lives in Cape Town.

    2. I LOVED this book. It spans decades and tells the stories of a Dutch settler in the Cape in the 18th Century, and one of his slaves, Lena. Geert Baardwijk is a rich man living the relatively easy life the Dutch had in the Cape. Lena is a young woman, sold into slavery by the chief of her village in Madagascar. We are led to their interactions through the telling of their individual stories. I loved this part of the book because so few of us are aware of the lives slaves and indentured workers ha [...]

    3. An interesting book with well shaped characters. I read this book while sick in a motel in Madagascar - it was interesting to read the parts set in this country and notice how life has changed and yet stayed the same outside my door. Afterwards I spoke to my tour guide about the history of slavery in Madagascar, which he said is not really discussed and was not taught to him at school level. I’m glad this book touches a bit on this history.

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