David’s Story has ratings and 19 reviews. Melissa said: I read this book for a class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. However, as I b. David’s Story (Women Writing Africa) [Zoë Wicomb, Dorothy Driver] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The publication of You Can’t. As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work,David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, .

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Through voices and stories of David and the women who surround him—responding to, illuminating, and sometimes contradicting one another—Wicomb offers a moving exploration of the nature of political vision, memory, and truth. Though it was a confusing read at first, I gradually began to appreciate this story more, and I found it to be a very addicting read, because as I mentioned it forces you to do “detective work” along with David and the narrator.

However even through the end of the novel she remains elusive frustrating the reader and the narrator who eventually exclaims in the end “I wash my hands of this story. Her ability to in the end find love and thereby in some way embrace her femininity is important too for then she is able to fully embrace her subaltern state. Help Center Find new research papers in: The Van Riebeeck Society,pp. The publisher’s latest entry in the Women Writing Africa series: The problems of representation have been clearly documented in post colonial criticisms from an external focus, but in this novel the problems of forming a large group with varying allegiances, backgrounds, and priorities creates internal rifts within the group.

However, as I began to analyze the bookI began to understand more and more about the story and why it was written the way it was.

Oct 17, Melissa rated it really liked it. The group or representation must be formed around the individual and not the other way around for it ze have any measure of success and for it to outlast the immediate goal. Turco, Edizioni Unicopli, Bergamo. Nov 24, Mirte rated it it was ok.

It does not belong to this line, in that it cannot be contained and determined by the aesthetic of Downloaded from http: The only option for her seems to be to walk a line between the two and not to separate herself from both.


David’s Story

To fully grasp the impact of what she has done and the effort she has made, I advise reading interviews and articles about both the book as well as Wicomb.

This relationship not only repeats the other promiscuous love triangles that I have mentioned, but also extends the theme of bastardy to the production of the novel itself.

But that was at a time where I had a much deeper affection for experimental, postmodern fiction and I realised reading this novel that I no longer crave that kind of disjointed narrative. In the end the representation of the guerilla group is incompatible with a feminist drive and so Dulcie must suppress her femininity and her feelings for David.

She has many forms qicomb one form. Dulcie, a member of a guerilla unit, must sacrifice both her voice and her sexuality in order to be part of a liberation movement.

Mariani, Bay Press, Seattle. At the moment Dulcie is a davkd surrounded by legends and myths. What a generally helpful review this has been, don’t you think? Dulcie’s elusiveness is a statement of the elusiveness of the double victim of colonialism and patriarchy. The author wants a representation a clearly definable image in which people can take solace and relate too. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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David’s Story is about truth, facts, fiction, and lies and the quest to find the hidden truth beneath the layers of time. The best ‘postmodern’ novel I’ve read so far. Dulcie is not articulated even through David, because he does not want the wall of misunderstanding to do an injustice to Dulcie.

David Philip and Johannes- burg: Through voices and stories of David and the women who surround him–responding to, illuminating, and sometimes contradicting one another–Wicomb offers a moving exploration of the nature of political vision, memory, and truth. It seems clear that there is a wall between them to deny full understanding which is built by their different backgrounds. The premise of this book is quite interested and engaging–specifically the role of the guerrilla movement Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with.


Karel Schoeman, Cape Town: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I am not really into postmodern writing at all, so this book never really got a hold of me Dulcie is reluctant to speak because of the limitations of her audience and so decides to repress her voice.

Read this for my post-modernism and colonialism literature class at MSU. Want to Read saving…. As he points out, Barry Lindsell, a fourth-generation descendant of Andrew Flood, cannot live a normal life.


sgory What did the narrator want other than a good story? Jan 06, InfinitexLibrary rated it did not like it. Read for Contemporary Postcolonial Lit. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Hayley rated it did not like it Jan 03, After which Dulcie and David davvid forced to choose allegiances apart from the movement. The novel refuses to represent her and split her into clearly definable and divisible categories.

Even after she decides not to become fully realized by articulating her ideas and thoughts because her audience is not yet ready. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Crucially, though, her focus now is on the way in which this discourse davie such difference by sexualizing the body of the black woman.

As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wcomb debut work, David’s Story dqvid a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, and expansive. This does make for a difficult narrative, floating in the air, jumping from one time period to another, jumping from one consciousness to another and altogether not bothering too much with interpunction or a logical division of different paragraphs.