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The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear

ISBN 9781415210086

Published: January 2019

 

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.

Die skilpad se laaste traan

ISBN  9781415210093

Published: January 2019

 

Dis ’n donker karoonag en Siena hardloop grondpadlangs. Sy is bebloed en vlug na die laerskool by Seekoegat, die enigste plek waar sy veilig sal wees. Maar dis ver – drie dae met ’n donkiekar – en sy is te voet.

 

Soos wat Siena hardloop, speel die lewensverhaal van haar en twee vriende in haar herinneringe uit. Sy onthou die verwilderde en verwaarloosde Boetie, en Kriekie wie se ma by die stilhouplekke al langs die N1 moes werk. Wanneer hulle drie mekaar later weer as grootmense raakloop, moet hulle hard besin oor die dinge van gister wat elkeen sy eie koers laat inslaan het. Saam met Siena se storie loop die Karooskilpad se spore: ’n Dier wat die wysheid van die landskap saam met hom dra en wat ’n enkele traan stort wanneer hy doodgaan.

 

In Die skilpad se laaste traan  verken Carol Campbell weer die magiese, oeroue wêreld van die Karoo, vir donkiejare reeds die plek van die karretjiemense.

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