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[Reviews] South African Woman; a Review
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South African Woman- A beautiful Woman
by Thabo Maluleka
Published by: AuthorHouse UK Ltd
Review by George Geder
At first when I offered to review this book, my thoughts went along the lines of learning about the familial and cultural makeup of women in South Africa.
Mr. Maluleka writes, I think, to a specific woman. It's a tour-de-force 'how do I love thee, let me count the ways' collection. In fact, there are more than 75 poems spread out over some 90 pages. We're talking young love, romantic love, going to the mall holding hands love, you are the most beautiful woman in the world love, I dream about you 365 days in the year love. That's OK I suppose; but perhaps a little obsessive and maybe bordering (just a little bit) on idolizing.
There's a set of poems within titled 'South African woman- A beautiful woman, parts 1 through 13. It starts with:
Who are you South African Woman?
It culminates in pt. 13 with:
You look like the mountains, the sea
What succeeds in this book of poems is the sincerity with which the author tackles his subject. You can't help but think that he doesn't have a denigrating bone in his body. It's what our American youth need to read to counterbalance all that misogynistic crap foisted on women here. However, Mr. Maluleka's admiration to this person still plays a tad over the top.
I found it odd that the front cover prominently features the author within a heart shaped by roses and the only other picture was, again, of the author. Where is our beautiful South African woman? I want to see her.
For my needs, as a family historian and genealogist, a little more cultural, historical, and anthropological referencing would have made for a better read.
Go to WorldCat and find a nearby library that has a copy.