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The dubious salvation of Jack V.

Jacques Strauss

The dubious salvation of Jack V.

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Fiction

  • Edition Notes

    StatementJacques Strauss
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPS3619.T74327 D83 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24827468M
    ISBN 109780374144128
    LC Control Number2011008456

    His prose is formal and correct; he quickly establishes a tone of laconic regret yet sustains a striking lightness of touch, particularly in passages of dialogue. For me, the revelation was the multiplicity of compelling stories and the number of ways in which they can be read and still emerge as outstanding. Because of this heritage Jack considers himself to be an outsider, culturally adrift. Now Jack has reason to believe that King Tut's diadem - a crown thought to have magical powers - is the cause of Max's disappearance. I attended an Afrikaans primary school and an English high school.

    It is, above all, rich in symbols and subtexts, not least among them a deadly black mamba snake. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. Read full description. This is a shrewd book; the political realities are there, albeit those prevailing in Hendrik Deyer is the principal of a state-run school camp who lives nearby with his wife and their two sons, Werner and Marius. While she works hard every day, her husband and teenage son live miles away in the family home.

    I love that the main character travels all over the world and the kids learn something about various places. But will things ever be the same again? The Viljee household, in its small way, mirrors the politics of the country. She also laughs a lot and I laughed with her. Jack is certainly a character. Beyond that we could go back to the readers we always were; we could let go, put our feet up, and anticipate the pleasure of escape.


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The dubious salvation of Jack V. book

Strauss is himself South African so I got the impression that he knows what he's talking about. One night another tragedy changes each of their lives, irrevocably. It is, above all, rich in symbols and subtexts. He remembers his year-old self, his fears and his dreams.

Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews.

The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. by Jacques Strauss

And Strauss does a good job with his bubbly, larger-than-life character, Susie. We find out which is which. The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. Reminds me of Magic Tree house in that respect.

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Within the parameters of conventional literary fiction, what more could we ask for? Confusion that, upon the arrival of Susie's troubled son Percy into his world, threatens to bubble up and reek havoc on his peaceful existence. Publisher: Brilliance Audio. Required Cookies These cookies allow you to explore OverDrive services and use our core features.

Two decades later, Werner is living with his mother and invalid father in a small Pretoria flat. Nearby is a state-owned school camp, run by Hendrik Deyer who lives on the grounds with his wife Petronella and their two sons, Werner and Marius.

I think parts of it are funny - but there are a fair few readers who didn't find it funny at all. The winners - and the losers.

I was born and raised in Johannesburg. A foot in both camps, you could say. Strauss evokes the ordinary suburban South Africa the rest of the world rarely sees. Still, they too were debut novelists once.

As the mother aged so too the son grew into his father. In true immature fashion, Jack is sometimes more concerned with being right than doing right.

At best it makes you a sneering, jealous bore - at worst it makes you a vicious, dangerous bastard, which is more fun. Great adventure. And all that reading just to get to the shortlist! His father is bedridden, hovering on the edge of death, and furious, as he has been for twenty years.

He gives his readers generous helpings of his homeland: whether it be history, politics, the economy or simply the domestic lives of both whites and blacks I hate that phrase.

The jaunty cover enhances this effect. With a Boer Father, English Mother, a sexually confused best friend and a black maid called Susie to whom he devotes as much love and reverence as he would his own mother, Jack, a boy who has never been completely comfortable with the idea of having black servants unlike his Boer friendsis thoroughly confused.

They are so natural. It occurs to me that I have developed a prejudice against new novels, particularly English language ones.If this book appeals then you might also enjoy Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott. You can read more book reviews or buy The Dubious Salvation Of Jack V.

by Jacques Strauss at atlasbowling.com You can read more book reviews or buy The Dubious Salvation Of Jack V. by Jacques Strauss at atlasbowling.com Comments. Like to comment on this review?Buy? Maybe: Borrow? Yes. Jul 01,  · Jacques Strauss. Jacques Strauss was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.

His first book, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V, won the Commonwealth Book Prize, atlasbowling.com lives in London with his partner and works as a freelance writer. May 01,  · The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. is a South African Portnoy's atlasbowling.com examines a sexuality, ethics, race and culture, politics, guilt and discrimination within the setting of a middle-to-upper class Johannesburg family, the Viljee's, and the family of their maid, Susie/5.

Get this from a library! The dubious salvation of Jack V. [Jacques Strauss] -- Even as an eleven year old I had a strong sense that the Universe was setting up nasty traps for me, all sorts of really horrible ways to die in which (and this is the crucial point) I would in some.

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Dubious Salvation of Jack V. Jacques Strauss. Can book club sets be returned in a book drop? No. Book club sets must be returned to the check-in desk at any Burnaby Public Library location during open hours. Sets cannot be returned through the book drop or to another public library system.

Overdue fines are $1 per day per set, to a maximum. Above all, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. is funny; both witty and ironic. Jack hates to be reminded that Susie “didn’t stay with us because she loved me She stayed with us because it was her job.” The irony is that to stop her being their servant, to give her her freedom, he .