Driftwood

Driftwood Throughout his life Moses Swart shepherd from the Bredasdorp Strandveld felt he never belonged to this land with its people from the sea and from the veld He washed up on the beach as a young child

  • Title: Driftwood
  • Author: Dalene Matthee
  • ISBN: 9780143025405
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • Throughout his life, Moses Swart, shepherd from the Bredasdorp Strandveld, felt he never belonged to this land with its people from the sea and from the veld He washed up on the beach as a young child, but where does this unabating feeling of another identity come from Until he met Lord and Lady Springfield and instantly realised they have also been washed up on these sThroughout his life, Moses Swart, shepherd from the Bredasdorp Strandveld, felt he never belonged to this land with its people from the sea and from the veld He washed up on the beach as a young child, but where does this unabating feeling of another identity come from Until he met Lord and Lady Springfield and instantly realised they have also been washed up on these shores, just like him.

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    About “Dalene Matthee

    • Dalene Matthee

      Dalene Matthee nee Scott matriculated in 1957 and went on to study music at a conservatorium in Oudtshoorn as well as at the Holy Cross Covent in Graaff Reinet.Before gaining fame and wide acclaim for her first forest novel , she also wrote stories for magazines as well as two popular novels n Huis vir Nadia A House for Nadia 1982 and Petronella van Aarde, burgemeester Petronella van Aarde, Mayor 1983.Kringe in n bos Circles in a forest 1984 , a novel about the extermination of the elephants and the exploitation of the woodcutters of the Knysna forest, was an international success Two other highly successful forest novels followed Fiela se Kind Fiela s Child in 1985 and Moerbeibos The Mulberry Forest in 1987 Fiela s Child and Circles in a forest were filmed She also won numerous literary prizes for her works.After a short sickbed caused by heart failure, she died in Mossel Bay, South Africa She was survived by her three daughters her husband, Larius, died in 2003.

    281 thoughts on “Driftwood

    • Hierdie boek (postuum uitgegee) het nie heeltemal dieselfde krag as haar beroemde bosboeke nie, maar die spore van haar talent is tog duidelik waarneembaar. Met hierdie herlees het die boek my weer aangespreek soos die eerste keer, iets wat nie altyd gebeur nie.Moses is 'n karakter wat mens baie aan Fiela se kind herinner en tog ook 'n plek in die leser se hart ooptrap. Die beskrywing van die ryk Engelse aristokrate se lewe tussen die gewone Strandvelders raak verskeie aspekte van menslikheid aa [...]


    • The book ended very suddenly, which I do understand since I am aware that the book was finished by Dalene's daughter since she passed away before it was finished, but I still feel like the book was a hit and miss for me. There were some great ideas and themes ( like how we have destinies, how some paths are just meant to cross, how we are all connected by invisible threads) that just weren't developed or discussed fully and had a lot of wasted potential.Moses isn't a character I particularly lik [...]


    • It's fascinating how a writer's work can have the shadow of foreboding in it. Die uitgespoeldes was the last manuscript Matthee was working on before her death and the dialogue and plot of this story reflects it. The meditative feel of the text and of looking back over a life comes very close to what Eleanor Baker did in Die ander Martha. This is not to say that the stories are the same, they just leave the reader with the same feeling of accomplishment. As if the writer managed to do what she n [...]


    • I really enjoyed a couple of Dalene Matthee's books, so I really wanted to enjoy this one too (especially having bought the book while touring through Knysna, South Africa). Unfortunately, it fell short of my high expectations. The story was a little bare, and some of the more interesting characters were not explored in sufficient detail. In sticking with one of her favourite themes (self identification), Dalene Matthee touched on an interesting subject, but alas, it could have been much more ex [...]


    • Moses Swart grows up knowing this is his name, yet as an adult he feels there is something missing, that he doesn't know his true identity. He is told that he was found having washed up on short at the location of a shipwreck. There is a sense that there is more and he battles with finding the answers vs. not wanting to know. Not as good as the forest books, but still very good. The inside cover states this was published posthumously by her daughter. It is an interesting selection of a title. Dr [...]


    • Die boek is nie rerig wat ek verwag het om te lees van Dalene Matthee nie. Die omstandighede waarin die boek afspeel is interessant. Goeie beskrywings van gegoede of adelike mense se manier hoe hul minderes behandel het. Die onderdanigheid van Moses is ook tipies van daardie tyd. Tog besef Moses dat hy nie is wat hy is nie.


    • A soul departing. Dit is absoluut die gevoel wat ek van hierdie boek gekry het. So 'n ongelooflike skrywer en storie verteller. " Opgebondelde spookgoed wat soms stukkies afsplit en jou onverwags kom tref"


    • This book was published after the death of Dalene Mathee. Although I really enjoyed her other works, Driftwood is a bit of a disappointment. First few chapters had the makings a really good South African tale.


    • Vreemde storie oor 'n aardige klompie karakters in 'n tyd wat nou ook al lank gelede is. Maar ai, die taal en die beskrywinge is so mooi!


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