Whites

Whites

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Book - 1992
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Whether they are Americans, Brits, or a stubborn and suicidally moral Dutchman, Norman Rush's whites are not sure why they are in Botswana. Their uncertainty makes them do odd things. Driven half-mad by the barking of his neighbor's dogs, Carl dips timidly into native witchcraft--only to jump back out at the worst possible moment. Ione briskly pursues a career as a "seducer" ("A seductress was merely someone who was seductive and who might or might not be awarded a victory. But a seducer was a professional"), while her dentist husband fends off the generous advances of an African cook. Funny, sad, and deeply knowing, polished throughout to a diamond glitter, Whites is a magnificent collection of stories.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1992, c1986
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679738169
0679738169
Branch Call Number: PS3568.U727 W47 1992
RUSH N
Characteristics: 150 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Sep 15, 2014

From the author of the National Book Award winning "Mating" comes a slim collection of short stories about whites living and working in Botswana and the culture clashes that ensue.

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uncommonreader
Oct 21, 2012

This is a collection of six short stories about whites from Europe or America in Botswana. I particularly enjoyed "Bruns" which is about an unusual defeat of the Boers. The stories are both funny and ironic.

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