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Anonymous Reviews Trespass by Dawn Garisch

TrespassDawn GarischVerdict: carrot

BOOK SA’s favourite reviewer, Mr/s Anonymous, has apparently moved over to The Weekender. Here, he/she/it smothers Dawn Garisch‘s Trespass with praise:

HOW dreadful it must feel to be torn internally. To have a wilful soul eroded by the unyielding weight of family genes, a strict upbringing, dogmatic religion and a society stifled by political and social hypocrisies.

That’s the fate that has beaten down Phyllis, a middle-aged, frumpish spinster who has paid a lifetime of misery for a few stolen moments of excitement as a teenager. Her story is told in Trespass, a glorious novel set out as her secret diaries.

South African author Dawn Garisch introduces us to this sad character in Cape Town in the 1950s, where Phyllis has nursed her mother until she dies. Her mother’s death does not release Phyllis to live her own life, but leaves her destitute and forced to take a job as the matron at a boys’ boarding school.

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tania</a>
    August 17th, 2009 @17:32 #

    I recently read Trespass and it is riveting-- sad, funny and tough. Dawn is a wonder-filled writer. To write about 'heroes' is so much easier than to write about characters who can't quite face up to the challenges of life. In today's uber success-orientated/obsessed world, Dawn's piercing and yet compassionate eyes allow us lucky readers to see 'other' lives worth reading about and knowing.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    December 16th, 2009 @20:52 #

    I'm reading this now and feel quite blown away by the calibre of the writing. So very very different from her previous novel, Once, Two Islands. Thanks, Mervyn of the Book Lounge, for recommending it so highly.


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