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Absolution by Patrick Flanery

5039614112, April 27, 2012

If the madness, observed from afar, of South Africa has intrigued you - especially the years of apartheid and reconciliation - Absolution is a must read. The story is told in two voices, Sam - the son of white parents who violently oppose apartheid and Clare - whose daughter, Clare believes, also became a white violent reactionary against apartheid. Underlying Clare's voice is the tone of the confessional, a white female author - Clare believes herself complicit in several deaths. Sam, the orphaned son, is writing a biography of Clare. They share a past but take a long time to acknowledge it. Sharing more than that would impact the reading.

We all, probably, in some way - seek absolution - a freeing from guilt AND, most importantly, a release from consequences. Absolution is a dead on honest look at an atrocious period of white rule in South Africa, the whites who railed against apartheid and the concept that eventually everyone involved in that kind of government and racial inequality will at some point, if not seek, hope beyond hope for absolution.
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