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Book Title
Postcards from Soweto, by Mokone Molete
Author
Booksite Afrika
ISBN
9781770093690
"One of the major criticisms of the Bantu education system was the way we were taught ? by rote. We had to repeat things and scream out the answers. On one occasion our English teacher was getting us to learn words ending with 'hood'. The 'motherhoods', 'fatherhoods' and 'sisterhoods' came flooding in from all corners of the class. Mzala, not the most stupid chap in the class, stopped us in our tracks when, asked for his contribution, he answered: 'Firewood'." Postcards from Soweto is a memoir of sorts. In a series of postcard vignettes, Molete relates the anecdotes of "back in the day" when he was a child and could get away with just about anything except Mama's wrath. The beauty of this memoir is that it charts not only the author's youth the beatings, the friends, the girls  but also the growth of a township called Soweto. At times amusing, and at other times unsettling, each vignette contains a wealth of atmosphere. These epsiodes are offered up to the reader, not to be judged, but to be accepted as "the way things were". Accurately rendered, with details of language, popular culture and place,Postcards from Soweto will transport you in your imagination to a setting mingled with the tinge of memory and nostalgia, like a photograph in sepia. The author warns the reader, from the outset, that the book "needs to be enjoyed for what it is: recollections of a middle-aged hack reminiscing rather romantically about days gone by." With the recent interest in the era of Drum magazine, Postcards from Soweto is a must for those readers indulging in some nostalgia, whether these were their experiences of youth or not. About the AuthorMokone Molete was born in Alexandria. His family was one of those relocated to Diepkloof, Soweto, as part of the National Party's apartheid policy, which did not recognise the permanency of black people in urban areas. Mokone has held various positions in several Johannesburg-based newspapers. He is one of six siblings, and has three children of his own. Parameters of Book: Book Author: Makone Molete ISBN: 9781770093690 Size (mm): 210x135mm Pages: 112pp format: Paperback Colour: Black & White Rights: World Publication Date: 2007-01-01

"One of the major criticisms of the Bantu education system was the way we were taught ? by rote. We had to repeat things and scream out the answers. On one occasion our English teacher was getting us to learn words ending with 'hood'. The 'motherhoods', 'fatherhoods' and 'sisterhoods' came flooding in from all corners of the class. Mzala, not the most stupid chap in the class, stopped us in our tracks when, asked for his contribution, he answered: 'Firewood'."

Postcards from Soweto is a memoir of sorts. In a series of postcard vignettes, Molete relates the anecdotes of "back in the day" when he was a child and could get away with just about anything except Mama's wrath.

The beauty of this memoir is that it charts not only the author's youth the beatings, the friends, the girls  but also the growth of a township called Soweto. At times amusing, and at other times unsettling, each vignette contains a wealth of atmosphere. These epsiodes are offered up to the reader, not to be judged, but to be accepted as "the way things were". Accurately rendered, with details of language, popular culture and place,Postcards from Soweto will transport you in your imagination to a setting mingled with the tinge of memory and nostalgia, like a photograph in sepia.

The author warns the reader, from the outset, that the book "needs to be enjoyed for what it is: recollections of a middle-aged hack reminiscing rather romantically about days gone by." With the recent interest in the era of Drum magazine, Postcards from Soweto is a must for those readers indulging in some nostalgia, whether these were their experiences of youth or not.

About the Author
Mokone Molete 
was born in Alexandria. His family was one of those relocated to Diepkloof, Soweto, as part of the National Party's apartheid policy, which did not recognise the permanency of black people in urban areas. Mokone has held various positions in several Johannesburg-based newspapers. He is one of six siblings, and has three children of his own.

Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Makone Molete
ISBN: 9781770093690
Size (mm): 210x135mm
Pages: 112pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Publication Date: 2007-01-01

"One of the major criticisms of the Bantu education system was the way we were taught ? by rote. We had to repeat things and scream out the answers. On one occasion our English teacher was getting us to learn words ending with 'hood'. The 'motherhoods', 'fatherhoods' and 'sisterhoods' came flooding in from all corners of the class. Mzala, not the most stupid chap in the class, stopped us in our tracks when, asked for his contribution, he answered: 'Firewood'."

Postcards from Soweto is a memoir of sorts. In a series of postcard vignettes, Molete relates the anecdotes of "back in the day" when he was a child and could get away with just about anything except Mama's wrath.

The beauty of this memoir is that it charts not only the author's youth the beatings, the friends, the girls  but also the growth of a township called Soweto. At times amusing, and at other times unsettling, each vignette contains a wealth of atmosphere. These epsiodes are offered up to the reader, not to be judged, but to be accepted as "the way things were". Accurately rendered, with details of language, popular culture and place,Postcards from Soweto will transport you in your imagination to a setting mingled with the tinge of memory and nostalgia, like a photograph in sepia.

The author warns the reader, from the outset, that the book "needs to be enjoyed for what it is: recollections of a middle-aged hack reminiscing rather romantically about days gone by." With the recent interest in the era of Drum magazine, Postcards from Soweto is a must for those readers indulging in some nostalgia, whether these were their experiences of youth or not.

About the Author
Mokone Molete 
was born in Alexandria. His family was one of those relocated to Diepkloof, Soweto, as part of the National Party's apartheid policy, which did not recognise the permanency of black people in urban areas. Mokone has held various positions in several Johannesburg-based newspapers. He is one of six siblings, and has three children of his own.

Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Makone Molete
ISBN: 9781770093690
Size (mm): 210x135mm
Pages: 112pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Publication Date: 2007-01-01