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The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear | DBN

Event Date 
05 March 2019
Venue 
Durban

 

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear

Carol Campbell will be in conversation with Duncan Guy.

Date: Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Exclusive Books, Gateway
Address: Shop F248, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Cnr Sugar Close & Gateway Drive, Umhlanga
RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za / 011 798 0180
 

About the book:

It’s a black Karoo night and a young woman, covered in blood, is running along a deserted dirt track. A terrible thing has happened and the woman, Siena, has to reach Seekoegat Primary School at the end of the track, the only place she knows that is safe. It’s a long way to run, a three-day ride on a donkey cart.
 
This is the story of Siena, Boetie and Kriekie, whose lives intersect as children and who meet again as adults: Boetie is a boy running wild. Deprived and neglected he is always up to mischief but his friendship with Siena gives him self-worth. Kriekie is a basket case. As the child of a prostitute working the truck-stops along the n1 he has no home. When his mother, Dolly, doesn’t come back, a small act of kindness by a woman running a shop at the truck-stop sees him end up at Seekoegat Primary.
 
Plodding steadily through each chapter is the spectre of the ancient Karoo tortoise. Siena’s father, Pa, a karretjiemens, reveres the tortoise as a creature that holds within it the wisdom of the ancient landscape and that cries only one tear when it dies.
 
The Tortoise Cried Its Only Tear  is award-winning author Carol Campbell’s third book on the Karoo. Like her previous work this story is a piece of social realism but, for the first time, Campbell introduces hints of magical realism – which is very much in keeping with the world view of the people she writes about.
 
Ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar as  Die skilpad se laaste traan .