Category Archives: South Africa

Whose Laetie are You?

Source: Extracts from Rrekgetsi Chimeloane, Whose Laetie are You? My Sowetan Boyhood (Capetown: Kwela Books, 2001), pp. 31-34 Text: The day I saw my first Bruce Lee movie – Enter the Dragon – I understood why all the boys were … Continue reading

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Boyhood

Source: J.M. Coetzee, Boyhood: scenes from provincial life (London: Secker & Warburg, 1997), p. 45 Text: Though he goes to the bioscope every Saturday afternoon, films no longer have the hold on him that they had in Cape Town, when … Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom

Source: Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (London: Little, Brown and Company, 1994), pp. 596-597 Text: In keeping with the increased openness on the island, we now had our own cinema. Almost every week we … Continue reading

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Down Second Avenue

Source: Es’kia Mphahlele, Down Second Avenue (New York: Penguin, 2013 – orig. pub. 1959), pp. 48-49 Text: Soon, however, we forgot our hunger, weariness, everything else, lost in the exciting moments of the movies. We always had a large bill … Continue reading

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Mrs Bathurst

Source: Rudyard Kipling, ‘Mrs Bathurst’, The Windsor Magazine, September 1904, pp. 376-386, collected in Traffics and Discoveries (London: Macmillan, 1904), pp. 337-365 Text: “Yes,” said Pyecroft. “I used to think seein’ and hearin’ was the only regulation aids to ascertainin’ … Continue reading

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