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Childish Things (ePub) | General Fiction

Marita van der Vyver


What can you say about the seventies – except to wish you hadn't been there? The sixties produced hippies and sex, the eighties yuppies and money. But the seventies? Disposable fashion, disposable dances, disposable music. And disposable lives in the warm country where I grew up . . .

Thus thirty-three-year-old Mart looks back from 1990s London on to her seventeenth year in 1970s South Africa. It's not easy being a teenager, particularly when you have to wear flares and platform shoes. But in a land surrounded by revolution there is more to grapple with than school and sports, music and sex. There is politics, and, tragically, death.

When shy, serious Mart meets the almost embarrassingly extrovert Dalena on her first day at their new school, she discovers rebellion. Mart's elder brother Simon, newly conscripted into the army, discovers it through his enigmatic friend Pierre. As the year unfolds Mart and Dalena face battles with the school, their families, their feelings; but Simon and Pierre face actual combat, 'somewhere on the Border' with Angola.

All four will be forced – some more brutally than others – to put away childish things for ever. This touchingly perceptive tale of the delights – and horrors – of the 1970s is punctuated in witty counterpoint by Mart's letters from the present day. Narrated with wry humour and clear-eyed compassion, Childish Things brings into focus all the exhiliration and heartbreak of growing up.

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Childish Things (ePub) | General Fiction

Author: Marita van der Vyver
Category: General Fiction
ISBN: 9780624058236
Date Released: 08 September 2008
Price (incl. VAT): R 275.00
Format: ePub, 246 pp

About this author

Marita van der Vyver

Marita van der Vyver  was born in Cape Town on May 6, 1958. While in matric at Nelspruit High School in 1975 (which was also the Centenary Year for the...