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The House Gun [Anglais] [Relié]

Nadine Gordimer


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The House Gun is No Misfire 13 septembre 2002
Par Linda K. Crawford - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm baffled by the negative reviews this book has garnered here; I suppose it's more of a reaction to Gordimer's subject matter than to her style or content. People are more comfortable with a revolutionary spouting rhetoric that they agree with: if you, as a reader, are still wrapping your brain around the reality of South Africa as it was, Gordimer's earlier works will ring more true with you. If, however, you are interested in the legacy of Apartheid as it is, The House Gun will resonate more. The House Gun, so to speak, will only fire in the direction in which you point it.
As with all Gordimer works, the pace is slow and deliberately so, the words carefully chosen not to describe action but to allow the reader into the minds and souls of people who have lived in circumstances of which the majority of us can hardly conceive. The plot, intriguing though it is, is really secondary to the introspection taken on by each of the accused murderer's parents; the most pressing question, that of choosing to support your child with whatever means you have at your disposal (financial, spiritual, intellectual, emotional)in the face of your indecision as to whether or not you believe his version of events (or if any version of events would be acceptable). If your child murdered someone else, how would you feel? What would you do? Is the social legacy of apartheid going to color your beliefs; what happens when you are "open-minded" (no one ever really is), and your child commits a race crime? Do you use the race card to exonerate him, even when you are repulsed by his choice and behavior? And while the stress of saving your child from what he or she deserves in the course of law taps all of your inner resources, what happens to your marriage, your career, your friendships, your faith? Do you question all of your motives, all of your beliefs, all of your emotions?
I believe that you do. Every crisis, by nature, requires self-examination. It is not always pretty, or easy to accept, what you find at the end of your questioning. Gordimer, here, takes this family's condition, in microcosm, to expose South Africa's current quandary, many years after the abolition of Apartheid. Where do they stand as a society? What do they believe? What is excusable, what is justifiable? Who pays for what has been done, and how? Where will they go? What will be possible? No one knows, and maybe that's too unsettling for most.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 10 janvier 2001
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Gordimer is an excellent writer, but The House Gun finds her far from the top of her game. The plot of the story is certainly intriguing: in post-apartheid South Africa, a man is accused of murdering his lover; his affluent, supposedly liberal parents hire a black attorney to represent him, despite the fact that the parents have never interacted with a black person in their lives. Gordimer has a great deal to say here about the legacy of apartheid, its violence, and about liberal culture, but getting to these messages is arduous. Even by literary standards, the text is dry, devoid of humor and even emotion to the point of being painful, and Gordimer does little to help her cause by adopting such a difficult style, weighting down the text with unpunctuated dialogue and terse prose. Unlike other "challenging" works (read: Faulkner, Joyce, early Gordimer, etc.) that ultimately reward readers for their efforts, The House Gun has a promising start that languishes up to an unsatisfying ending. The reviewer who stated that this is not a work for "best seller" readers is certainly on the mark, but I would go as far as to say that this isn't really much of a book for those of us with high brow tastes. Gordimer has written a number of outstanding books (My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter, and Jump come to mind), but The House Gun falls short of Gordimer's standards. If you love Gordimer, you'll probably read this book anyway, but her new readers (and I highly recommend reading her) should start elsewhere.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A book for the Literary 4 août 1999
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If you are a "best seller" reader, this book is not for you, and definitely not for the casual reading one does at the gym. The book has a style that captures the art of a good literary piece, perhaps similar to Faulkner. It makes the reader work a little bit. Gordimer's style also lends itself to the incredible understanding of the human psyche of the characters, which is, in my opinion, the strength of the book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Found the writing style unbearable 31 mars 1999
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I read about this in Publisher's Weekly, so I thought I'd check it out. I took it to the gym, so it was the only thing I had to read while on my stationary cycle. I still couldn't read it. The dispassionate writing style made it seem like I was looking at the characters through dirty water.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointing waste of time 18 février 1999
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This book came as a big disappointment especially as I was so looking forward to reading it. The plot is incredibly weak, the characters shallow and their reactions and emotions unbelievable. The pace is slow and half the time one isn't sure exactly what is going on. She uses a unique style of writing dialogue so that one isn't always sure who is speaking. The saving grace is that in some parts the style is good and there are some paragraphs which are quite well written and readable. For the rest, a boring and definitley not recommended read. Pity ...
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