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Book Meme

I was tagged by Michelle Johnson at Shades of MJ.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The book I am reading at the moment is one of the set books for a course on postcolonial literature that I’m currently taking. It’s Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer who lives in South Africa. The heroine is the daughter of a dead political activist and the book is about her quest for her own identity. Not the easiest read but Gordimer is able to evoke multiple images with her words.

‘This kind of thing you’re doing, does it make sense to you? –
She looked the way I must have, for you, when you described to me watching your mother and her lover fucking in the spare bedroom. She would deal with what was put before her without allowing herself to see it, just as I did.’

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Kindness

a star to follow
from the depths
of the forest

a candle
to warm
frost bitten fingers

a song
to lift lost hope
from the quagmire

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