The following entry presents an overview of La Guma's career through La Guma is best known for his fiction concerning racial oppression under the apartheid system in South Africa. He grew up in a politically aware household and, following his father, joined the Communist Party in the late s and became a member of the Cape Town district committee before the Party was banned in
It is the place where some of the most intriguing people and cultures of the continent are found. If not for much, I just want to visit a Zulu village and watch them perform that dance they are famed for that involves kicking and jumping.
Also, I need to learn Xhosa; it is perhaps the only tongue through which I can click at a lady without being slapped. Alex guma I am scared of going there. Rumors of how the locals perceive visitors stay my resolve.
Tales of horror especially from Cape Town, most of them concerning racial discrimination, make me cringe and wonder whether travelling down to South Africa is worth the trouble. Typical living conditions in any ghetto, including the ones we have in Nairobi.
The hub for vagabonds of every shade, trying to eke out a living from crime, and drowning their sorrows with alcohol at the local shebeen. The story revolves around a chap, Michael Adonis, who after being wrongfully fired from his work place, passes through a joint to irrigate his throat and then heads home.
He lives in a tenement, modern day flat, together with other people. One of them is an old man who he unintentionally kills due to frustration and inebriation. His friend, Willieboy, has a strange streak of bad luck finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and takes the fall for it.
La Guma tells the story in pell-mell fashion, broken down into interconnected chapters that hold the reader captive in unbridled suspense. His sentences are milky, laced with beautiful descriptions that make his characters feel like someone you know from somewhere. In these paragraphs, the main themes of racial discrimination and police brutality rear their ugly heads in several places.
Through Joe we find out about a plan to construct beaches for white people only. Also, the tenants at the flat are scared of reporting the matter of the dead old man to the cops, majorly because the deceased is a white man and they do not want to get into any form of trouble.
A subtle indication that if the deceased was black, then his murder would not have so much traction. Where racism prevails, then a brutal police force is necessary to maintain the status quo.
The people who suffer most are of course the ones who bear the unacceptable skin colour. That is how Constable Raalt ends up shooting Willieboy, yet he was unarmed.
That is how Constable Raalt can afford to step into a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes as Willieboy bleeds to death at the back of their car. The other stories in the collection pronounce these two themes.
In The Lemon Orchard a black man is being punished unfairly by some white folk who want to teach him a good lesson. Of course Kenny got his ass kicked a good one. Violence is forms a large part of the culture of people living in neighbourhoods like District Six, as shown in A Walk in the Night where a gang exists to raid and plunder people.
In Blankets we meet a guy who has been knifed in the streets for the fourth time now. A system in which tortured inmates form courts to mete out punishment for rats and people who wronged them on the outside.
The same could be said about A Matter of Taste.Alex La Guma (20 February – 11 October ) was a South African novelist, leader of the South African Coloured People’s Organisation (SACPO) and a defendant in the Treason Trial, whose works helped characterise the movement against the apartheid era in South Africa.
>Alex La Guma have written vividly in Afrikaans and English, respectively, of the effects of racial discrimination and of the complex and frequently violent nature of life in South Africa. Many black and white writers addressing these and other themes have received international recognition.
Writers. In The Lemon Orchard by Alex la Guma we have the theme of racism, discrimination, hierarchy and injustice. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that la Guma may be exploring the theme of racism and discrimination.
A Walk in the Night and Other Stories [Alex La Guma] on rutadeltambor.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Of French and Malagasy stock, involved in South African politics from an early age, Alex La Guma was arrested for treason with others in and finally acquitted in During the State of Emergency following the Sharpeville massacre he was detained for five months/5(5).
Oct 11, · Alex La Guma (Born Justin Alexander La Guma) South African novelist, short story writer, and journalist. The following entry presents an overview of La Guma's career through View the profiles of people named Alex Guma.
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