In the novel the blacks in the South African police force refuse to arrest their own people, public services break down, and fighting erupts in the major cities, quickly spreading into the rural areas. Bloodshed engulfs the country. The rebels have prepared well. They have heavy caliber weapons and airplanes and help from the neighboring black states of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and Mozambique, as well as from Cuba and the Soviet Union.
Plot[ edit ] The novel is set during a fictional civil war in which black South Africans have violently overturned the system of apartheid.
Maureen tries working with the women in the fields, digging up leaves and roots. Afterward, she goes to see July, who is working on the bakkie.
When July says she should not work with the women, she asks if he fears she will tell his wife about Ellen. He angrily asserts that she can only tell Martha that he has always been a good servant. Maureen, frightened, realizes that the dignity she thought she had always conferred upon him was actually humiliating to him.
He informs her that he and the Smales have been summoned to the chief's village. Though July has authority in his village, they still must ask the chief's permission to stay.
Maureen struggles with her new subservience to July. After Gina goes to play with Nyiko and Bam goes with Victor and Royce to fish, a helicopter with unidentifiable markings flies over the village.
Reception[ edit ] Anne Tyler, writing for the New York Times, praised the novel, saying that Gordimer "has outdone herself" and that the work was "So flawlessly written that every one of its events seems chillingly, ominously possible".
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Finding Something Different, Anthony C. Alessandrini referred to Tyler's take on the novel as "maddening" given that the "events" she describes result in the fall of Apartheid.
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Gordimer captures perfectly the energy, volatility, and sweet sadness of the African experience, and I speak of that experience from a colour-blind place. Jul 15, · Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90 Image A REMEMBRANCE In Nadine Gordimer came to lay a wreath in the black township of Alexandra where government security forces.
Nadine Gordimer's July's People: A Routledge Study Guide - CRC Press Book Nadine Gordimer is one of the most important writers to emerge in the twentieth century.
Her anti-Apartheid novel July's People () is a powerful example of resistance writing and continues even now to unsettle easy assumptions about issues of power, race, gender . 65 quotes from Nadine Gordimer: 'The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.', 'I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.', and 'I'm a candle flame that sways in currents of air you can't see.
You need to be the one who steadies me to burn.'. Get an answer for 'Who are July's people in Nadine Gordimer's novel "July's People"?' and find homework help for other July's People questions at eNotes. Nadine Gordimer (20 November – 13 July ) was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
She was recognized as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".