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The Promise: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 Kindle Edition
**WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021**
'A tour de force... A spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh' Booker Judges 2021
Discover the powerful prizewinning story of a family in crisis.
The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma's funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for - not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land... yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.
In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.
'Damon Galgut is the most worthy winner of the Booker Prize we've seen for many years...The book trembles in the hand with its political relevance' Rose Tremain, New Statesman
** A NEW STATESMAN , OBSERVER, GUARDIAN , SUNDAY TIMES AND i BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021**
**ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH'S 75 BEST BOOKS OF 2021**
'Astonishing' Colm Tóibín
'A masterpiece - one of the best books I have read in the past decade... A moving, brilliantly told family epic' Elizabeth Day
'This is so obviously one of the best novels of the year' The Times
'Utterly compelling' Patrick Gale
'Gorgeous and pleasurable' Tessa Hadley
Galgut seems to deliver effortlessly...there's nothing he can't do... [his] style is quiet but the book feels bursting with life because of all the of all the off-page, between-times details he hints at... This is so obviously one of the best novels of the year... a book that answers the question "what is a novel for?" With a simple: "This!" -- John Self ― The Times
The Promise functions as a spare but thoroughly satisfying parable, the decline of the Swarts into moral degeneracy and death tracing the forsaken promises of the post-apartheid era, from early hope to the contemporary realities of corruption and racial enmity . . . [a] magisterial, heart-stopping novel -- Nat Segnit ― Times Literary Supplement
A complex, ambitious and brilliant work - one that provides Galgut's fullest exploration yet of the poisonous legacy of apartheid . . . Galgut describes his characters with rare assurance and skill, conjuring them to life in a narrative voice that moves restlessly from character to character . . . Rarely have I had such a strong sense, while reading a novel, that I myself was there, in the room with the characters -- William Skidelsky ― Financial Times
The Promise is fully rooted in contemporary South Africa, but the novel's weather moves into the elemental while attending also to the daily, the detailed and the personal. The book is close to a folktale or the retelling of a myth about fate and loss, about three siblings and land, a promise made and broken. The story has an astonishing sense of depth, as though the characters were imagined over time, with slow tender care -- Colm Tóibín --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08S32WMD1
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (17 June 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3244 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 117 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought that the story line was interesting but as soon as the husband died I knew that the same fate was in store for everyone else who opposed the Promise. It is not a book that I would recommend anyone to read.
Suffice it to say, in The Promise, Damon Galgut achieves something unique. His mellifluous prose and fluid structure, the freedom to range across viewpoints and time, make this a work of art that could be expressed only in this form: it is a true novel.
If it doesn't win this year's Booker Prize – and any other prize going, for that matter – then I don't know what will.
The only complaint I have about this book is the cover – it's one of those matte finishes that feels horrible to touch and gets covered with fingerprints.
Six stars for the author & four for the publisher!
The father has made a fortune from a reptile zoo full of snakes is a fitting metaphor and as the tale unfolds we find the character of the father and his three offspring tested against the unfolding backdrop of the transition from the apartheid to the post apartheid era. It's a beautifully written story with a feeling for the country and town, for human character and personality, human voices and the potency of nature and social change.
Thoroughly deserves to be shortlisted for the Booker prize