Thursday, August 26, 2010
Book Review - "A Mouthful of Glass"
"A Mouthful of Glass: The Man Who Killed the Father of Apartheid" by Henk van Woerden
My grade: B
This is quite an interesting book. As the title suggests, it's a kind of biography of the man who killed Hendrik Verwoerd, the prime minister of South Africa and the engineer of apartheid. This is, however, a novel that is based on the real events, although not limited to them. For me, it's really hard to say where fact ends and fiction starts because I know (or knew) close to nothing about the events concerning the aforementioned time and place. This novel did offer a look into the South Africa of the day, although it would perhaps now be wise to read a more historically-true account of what actually took place.