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The Promise

"Brutal emotional truths hit home in Damon Galgut’s deft, powerful story of a diminished family and a troubled land"

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Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize - A Reader's Review

This one felt a bit personal to me, having just moved back from 8 years living in Cape Town. I love Damon Galgut and I've read a few of his books, and he's from Cape Town, so I hope he wins (yay, he won!). It's undeniably well written and the characters buzz, and even amuse, but it's South Africa at its dismal apartheid and post-apartheid bleakness..South Africa as much of the rest of the world see it. Much of which is even, sadly, undeniably accurate, but at the same time not accurate...or at least there's much more to it when you live there and know it. What I'm trying to say I guess is that I loved it, but it also made me feel sad, and somewhat homesick to see South Africa through foreigners' eyes again now I'm no longer there. - Tanya Carus

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