Nicholas van der Swart has always known he is different Unable to live up to the expectations his family, his heritage and his culture have of him, he grows increasingly diffident and introverted When, at the age of 19, he is conscripted into the South African army, he enters a world that is utterly at odds with his every sensibility Here, he will face the scorn and vioNicholas van der Swart has always known he is different Unable to live up to the expectations his family, his heritage and his culture have of him, he grows increasingly diffident and introverted When, at the age of 19, he is conscripted into the South African army, he enters a world that is utterly at odds with his every sensibility Here, he will face the scorn and violence of his tormenters, but will also find the strength to survive Although the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa has gone a long way toward exposing and exorcising some of the atrocities committed in the name of Apartheid, very little has been revealed about the adversities faced by gays under the regime Set in Ward 22 during the Angola Bush War that raged from 1966 to 1989 in South west Africa, Moffie transports the reader into the world of a young gay conscript with evocative realism At turns heart wrenching and humorous, told with great sensitivity and infused with hope, Moffie is a long overdue account of a vital subject, place and time.
Moffie A Novel Nicholas van der Swart has always known he is different Unable to live up to the expectations his family his heritage and his culture have of him he grows increasingly diffident and introverted When
I avoided this book for a long time, and never understood why Until I bought it on a whim recently Firstly because of the title To most the word conjures up jest And whilst my friends I often throw it around as a joke ourselves, it remains a word associated with hatred, accusation and dehumanisation Secondly because of the subject matter As far back as I can remember, a parent has been telling me warning me that one day I would land up in the army That it was the only way I d achieve any kind of [...]
Every now and again you hit on a book, that may not be especially well written but that just touches a nerve Moffie by Andr Carl van der Merwe is such a book And yes, I won t hide it caught my eye because of the cover A young man in uniform you don t really expect me not to pick that up and enquire further, do you To get the negative out of the way, the flashbacks drive me nuts and, apart from one or two seem not nearly well motivated Apart from that, the story is touching in its ultimate messag [...]
What a story Thank you Dumbledore for the gift I m exhausted and have not lead the life this man has Fictional, but based in part what Andre van der Merwe himself has had to face as a homosexual, or Moffie as the hateful term used by Africaners Christopher comes from a home were cruelty is a way of life and the term Moffie as a threat used against him other words, NEVER BE ONE Its standard that young men must do their duty to the state and serve in the military for their country, I cant even beg [...]
Although a page turner it was also in some ways a difficult read As a gay man who s been through the National Service experience though in France and without suffering anything like what Nicholas goes through , the book brought back many memories The corruption of the system based on rank seems a constant in the army Little hitlers having acquired a little power and unlikely to get much higher in their career, trying to make themselves feel important by spreading that power as much as possible T [...]
That there is a wheel that turns although we can not always see it and maybe wants it to go faster Also that to love and be loved should never be taken for granted and treasured above all things.
At it s best, and I don t know if it was intentional, but this book read as a modern day Dante s Inferno you know, if Virgil was a FABulous homosexual and Hell was the required South African military training and the border war between South Africa and Namibia.At it s worst, reading Moffie was also akin to Inferno, in that it was hell to read There was quite a bit of dialogue that made me want to die the death of a thousand paper cuts But the best moments out weighed the worse I would recommend [...]
I m sorry not being able to review this book it s been a very emotional read I could so identify with the story, it s as if I am the main character in this story What I can say though, is you re going to miss out on a whole lot of emotions if you don t read it This definitely goes on my list of read again and again.
Sudafrica, anni 80 Nel pieno di un conflitto di confine con la Namibia e l Angola, in un clima di rigida apartheid e di guerre morali di stampo religioso che impartiscono alla nuova generazione di commilitoni le regole, su quel che giusto essere da quel che non corretto essere In questo quadro il giovane diciannovenne Nicholas si interfaccia, interponendo al suo resoconto dettagliato della vita di addestramento militare i suoi ricordi precedenti, relativi alla sua infanzia e la battaglia interio [...]
This is good but could probably have been a great deal better I found the way in which the narrative darted from one time frame to another disorientating I was utterly mystified by Part 5, right at the end, who were those people and how did they relate to the rest of the narrative This was followed by an unsatisfying and unnecessary epilogue The book would have been much stronger if the author had just stopped at the end of part 4 Generally the writing was patchy and I especially found that a lo [...]
It took me a very long time to get into this book The story is at once heartbreaking and uplifting It s inspiring to watch Nick s little rebellions, refusing to submit to relegation as less than It s unclear whether his remarkable tenacity and bravery are the result of his traumatic childhood or innate qualities, but his story affirms the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.While I liked the story and I enjoyed the author s poetic writing, I only rated the book 3 stars because I felt that [...]
an exhausting book to read, for the brutality of so many things, military life in the white army, being gay in SA and in army, apartheid, being gay in apartheid, invading other countries and waging dirty wars, etc etc for the writing style, dense and a bit obscure, for the mental tension and physical violence done to and done to be sure and use glossary while reading start with moffiethor is from harrismith big battle in which war ah fuck they re all the same, but i think uk v boer war but moved [...]
One learns a lot about a vital episode of South African history Although this does not make the text unique, the perspective of a young gay man amidst all the brutality is unusual Well written The loss of the fifth star is based on my feeling that the ending, especially meetings with characters towards the end who had effectively vanished from the narrative much earlier, is too manipulated towards satisfying the reader who had to follow the narrator through his travails I hope the writer will fo [...]
Good book About a gay teenager in 1970 s South Africa who has to join the army and take part in the Angolan Suth African border war of which I knew nothing Brutal and homophobic experiences, but he survives the ordeal It also delves into his background and the awful way he was treated by his father when growing up Based on the author s diaries and memories, but as a novel.
This one snuck up on me It was apparent from the beginning that the author is deeply invested in telling this story, which is an interesting one Less evident was whether he had the skill to match his passion, and to sustain a 300 page book He does a good job in the end The ending packs a large and unexpected punch.
Some tough themes explored in this novel about a gay conscript in the South African army My main criticism is that the book is too long and really doesn t explore anything new Still, I did like it and would recommend it.
There s a certain tenderness to the writing that makes it all the harrowing when that tenderness turns to the brutal sights of war read likeiamfeasting
Every gay man in South Africa needs to read this book Right now.
Excellent read Cried, although I cry at alot of things Facinating South Africa Nambia historywhat a horror story.
Just barely three stars in my book Too much autobiography and not enough novel What redeems the book from banality is its interesting pre Mandela South African setting.
Strong book, ultimately moving young gay man in pretty ultimate repressive situation religion, family, law, politics and then the South African Army Human book, personal redemption.