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by Sheila Gordon

Waiting for the Rain is a young adult novel by South African-born American writer Sheila Gordon, first published in 1987. It tells the story of two boys, one black and one white, growing up on a farm in South Africa during apartheid.

Waiting for the Rain is a young adult novel by South African-born American writer Sheila Gordon, first published in 1987. As the boys mature, their friendship dissipates because the black boy seeks political equality while the white boy wants everything to stay the same.

New York : Bantam Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Chronicles nine years in the lives of two South African youths-one black, one white-as their friendship ends in a violent confrontation between student and soldier. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

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WAITING FOR THE RAIN A Novel of South Africa. 'A Novel of South Africa'' is the subtitle. One could add, ''for American Students,'' so obviously destined is this book for the American market. 214 pp. New York: Orchard Books/Franklin Watts. Ages 12 and up). THIS well-written and carefully constructed novel tells the story of two friends who grow up separate but never equal in an increasingly turbulent South Africa. South African terms give way to American ones: mealies to corn, cross to mad and so forth. Glosses are supplied everywhere. There are, in addition, some serious discrepancies for the knowledgeable reader.

Пользовательский отзыв - Carol C - Goodreads. This would be a good introduction to apartheid for a high school student.

Frikkie and Tengo have been friends since childhood. Frikkie is a white, landowner's nephew. Tengo is black and works on Frikkie's uncle's farm. Tengo hasdreams of freedom, and soon the two friends are torn by the dictates of SouthAfrican apartheid. Результаты поиска по книге. Результаты 1 – 3 из 47. Стр. 32 He sat down at the kitchen table, and she gave him a mug of tea and a plate of sandwiches. Пользовательский отзыв - Carol C - Goodreads.

A novel about South Africa, sure to give American readers an understanding of the conflicts of the country

A novel about South Africa, sure to give American readers an understanding of the conflicts of the country. because waiting is like hoping and the rain is a change from hot sunny, dry days. Waiting for the Rain" takes place on a South African veld and in the town of Johannesburg. The book takes place in the early 1900's. Three quarters of the book takes place in Johannesburg, and one quarter on the Oom Koo's farm.

Waiting for the rain. a novel of South Africa.

Waiting for the Rain is a novel of South Africa by writer Sheila Gordon. In this novel, the main character is Tengo, a young black boy who grows up on a farm owned by a white family. Tengo is friends with the young nephew of the farmer, but as the two boys grow older Tengo becomes aware of differences in the way he and the nephew are treated. Tengo begins to read and to become educated, causing these differences to become more and more evident. Finally, Tengo finds himself embroiled in the student revolution taking place against the white government and face to face with his old friend.

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Chronicles nine years in the lives of two South African youths--one black, one white--as their friendship ends in a violent confrontation between student and soldier.
This one was required reading for my son's middle school class. Focusing on two boys, one white (Frikkie), one black (Tengo)...from their beginnings as childhood friends to the ways that apartheid begain to separate then, this story is mostly compelling. It definitely held his interest but I'm not sure he would have felt compelled to read it if it was not required. SOme parts lagged and I had to keep asking questions to get him back on track.

From my perspective, I was bothered by the way the author seemed driven to twist the plot to drive home the inequities of apartheid, when a lighter touch would have sufficed.

Tengo wants to learn about the world and seems destined to be a scholar until the "agitators" force his school to become too formidable to attend, with police and security guards everywhere, with taunts from black "agitators" who scorn their peers who decide to attend school. This makes it nearly impossible for Tengo to stay the course.

Along the way, he is taken in by a kindly white family and given an opportunity to go to school. But he can't help being drawin into the ongoing political crisis, especially when relatives of his are being affected.

At times, it seemed that story lines were twsited, almost to the point of sacrificing the integrity of the plot. I found it hard to believe in some elements of the story, although I felt there was an excellent portrayal of the varying political and cultural differences amongst the blacks and the whites, from sympathetic whites to black "agitators" to those who simply wanted things to go on as they had for generations.

There was also plenty of room for discussion about the history in Africa, about apartheid and how things began to change.

Considering that this book was written by a very young author (only 15, I believe), it is amazingly well-written. Judged by the standards of good literature, however, there is clearly room for growth and maturity in Gordon's writing.

For the purposes of a school course on apartheid, discrimination, racism and social inequality, this book suffices.
I read this book in 7th grade English and loved it so much I decided to buy it years later.
I am wondering if their is an sequel to be expected, as the story left the story unfinished.
Purchased this book for my kids for school. They seems to enjoy it some. I have girls, so they didn't really relate well to the story, but they enjoyed it nonetheless.
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12 year old son thought is was boring. Had to read it for school...
Fricke, a white boy and Tengo, a black one, had been best friends since they had been babies, suffered a problem that made them separate. The problem was that Tengo had realized what apartheid was and thought that Frickie had the fault because he was white. Along the book, there are many characters appearing. Some of the characters were good influence to Frickie and Tengo, and others were of bad ones. There are also many places the story takes place, but there are mainly four important. The farm, were they started and stopped talking to follow their dreams; the university were Tengo studied; Tengo's house in the city; and Frickies house. The theme of the story is very obvious since the beginning of it. In the first few pages, you can realize that something is going to happen to the friends. From this point to the ending of the story there are many obvious and un-obvious parts were you can see that the theme is about apartheid. Frickie and Tengo, best friends until they started realizing how the color of the skin influences in the people and the way they think. I think Sheila Gordon does a great job making this book. She makes the setting, characters, and situations that happen in the book real. You can follow the book all the way, relate to some situations, and imagine others as if they had happened to you. I like this book a lot, and I strongly recommend it.
WAITING For The Rain is a good book because it is about the very serious matter of apartheid. This story takes place in South Africa, in this story there are two friends one Frikkie a white boy who's uncle owns a farm the other Tengo a black boy who works on the farm. Frikkie is a nice boy who does not discriminate against blacks. He lives in the city, he comes to see his uncle and to visit his good friend Tengo. Frikkie and Tengo love to play together. Frikkie Has lived on the farm his whole life, so he does not know much of apartheid and discrimination. Tengo urns to learn and go to school which is something that Frikkie takes for granted. Tengo has some text books but he has read them all over and over. Even though Tengo does not go to school or get to learn much you can tell he is very smart. Then something happens to Tengo, his cousin who lives out side the city comes to visit. His cousin tells Tengo about apartheid and Tengo is shocked that something that unfair and horrible existed. I am not going to give away the story, so you will have to find out what happens to their friendship. I liked this book very much because it shows what apartheid can do to a friendship, and how a friend ship can exist through adversity. I recommend this book to somebody who is looking for a serious read.
Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa ebook
Sheila Gordon
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Orchard Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1987)
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