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Philida

Andre Brink

This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don't say no. You don't ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not. André Brink-"one of South Africa's greatest novelists" (the Telegraph)-gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois's father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north. Here is the remarkable story-based on individuals connected to the author's family-of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey-from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country-in order to reclaim her soul.

This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don't say no. You don't ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not. André Brink-"one of South Africa's greatest novelists" (the Telegraph)-gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois's father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north. Here is the remarkable story-based on individuals connected to the author's family-of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey-from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country-in order to reclaim her soul.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don't say no. You don't ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not. André Brink-"one of South Africa's greatest novelists" (the Telegraph)-gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois's father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north. Here is the remarkable story-based on individuals connected to the author's family-of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey-from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country-in order to reclaim her soul.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Carla Mercer-Meyer

Length:

12h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:00


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

26:20


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

28:27


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

08:03


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:17


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

27:32


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

17:33


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

35:47


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

49:17


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

21:38


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

23:29


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

25:54


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

24:47


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

07:51


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

38:19


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

12:17


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

38:43


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

05:53


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

25:20


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

39:16


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

29:08


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

36:05


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

20:43


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

28:12


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

22:13


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

31:44


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

21:25


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

01:00:00


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

00:27