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Walter Hambile Kondile is "a simple man, a Xhosa and an African whose life is of no significance to the world". He is the typical "good native" of his generation, poorly educated, submissive and subservient, brought up to know his inferior place and believe that "it was God's design for the white man to rule over me". But this unquestioning obedience is called into rebellion when his beloved daughter, Sindiswa, a committed young struggle activist, goes missing in exile. Kondile's search leads him to Lesotho and grim discoveries of betrayal that shatter forever his own "complicity of silence" committing him to an irrevocable path of no return. I Speak to the Silent is an exciting first novel by a powerful storyteller, who tells his history as he sees it.

 University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2004by Joy Calderwood  We meet Walter Hambile Kondile in prison, a man condemned to imprisonment for life for the murder of a national hero .  What happened to Sindiswa after she fled the country? What Hambile learns changes him into a man of action - .  Hambile Kondile's story is written with such authenticity of wandering thought patterns, of tone,  that it feels like it must be someone's memoir.   I picked I SPEAK TO THE SILENT out of a booth for international books because of the harmony of its language.   

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  • PDF | 187 pages
  • University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press; 2nd Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Dr. M. Nyoka on August 22, 2005

    This is a story of a father and his daughter and the terrible events that tore them apart. Hambile Kondile is a docile man who without question accepted his inferior status in life. The death of his activist daughter, Sindiswa, in exile, immediately transforms him. He courageously sets out to Lesotho where his daughter died and discovers things that no father should know, and from which he will never recover from. This is a rivetting story of youth betrayed, of courage, and of evil coming with a heroe's face. The story is set in a small town of Alice, in South Africa. This is a town that is rich in history, with the old educationa institutions built by the British Settlers, where the African elite were educated. The story is written in sublime language that make the book difficult to put down once you've started reading it. The story is a testimony, written from an "insider's perspective", and is a must for anyone who wishes to understand past and recent African experience of apartheid in South Africa.


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