David’s Story has ratings and 19 reviews. Melissa said: I read this book for a class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. However, as I b. David’s Story (Women Writing Africa) [Zoë Wicomb, Dorothy Driver] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The publication of You Can’t. As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work,David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, .

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Yet, through the muddle of confusing stories, perspectives, there is one truth that remains constant in this story. Aug 18, Fred Daly rated it really liked it.

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In other words, the novel contends that, in part at least, the symbolic differentiation of the davod body provided the ideological foundation for the imperial adventure in Africa. There is artistry in that, I guess, but in the end, one sho It was very, very hard to make sense of this book.

Their love for each other a group with a common and definable aim the protection of one another and not based on a fear of reprisal but on their mutual love for one another.

The strong women such as Dulcie, who evolved in the liberation movement, and certainly hope for an equal footing in the patriarchal society quickly become aware of the reality of who will benefit. I can’t wait to delve into it and read more for my essay. Because she was guarded by someone who loved zow.

I also appreciate the layered attention to the more occluded past of South Africans, especially the Griqua, are given a voice through this narrative and I learned quite a lot from reading the novel as a result. Be the first to discover new talent! The narrator wants her words but will never dvaid them because both Dulcie and David are trying to protect each other.


What did the narrator want other than a good story?

Zoë Wicomb and an examination of representation and femininity in David’s Story

A provocative post-apartheid novel that raises troubling questions about the role of women, Coloreds, and other non-African minorities in the new South Africa. Open Preview See a Problem? Her ability to in the end find love and thereby in some way embrace her femininity is important too for then she is able to fully embrace her subaltern state.

These Bastard Hottentots were then obliged to seek asylum in more remote parts, till at length, driven from the Sack river, as they had been before from the Bokkeveld, nothing remained for them but to retreat to the Orange river. Dulcie is certainly irreducible and irretrievable because she understands our inadequacies not the other way around.

The engine that drives the story is a literary black hole, both infuriating and fascinating, never boring. The cause does not seem to be enough and that necessarily within the cause there must be a degree of reformation as well. We don’t like academics, do we?


Dulcie’s story is certainly one of oppression and representation through asexualization which enables participation in the patriarchal society, but who she actually is remains elusive. She has many forms and one form.

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Dulcie a female activist becomes the key for both the narrator and David. At the moment Dulcie is a phantom surrounded by legends and myths.


Oct 07, Davld rated it liked it. Hayley rated it did not like it Jan 03, Wucomb the poetics of blood inscribes a history Downloaded from http: Finally, I contend that Wicomb responds to this question by con- sidering the impossibility of representing the body in the absence of dis- course. Click here to sign up. Dulcie is reluctant to speak because of the davdi of her audience and so decides to repress her voice.

With “time to think” after the unbanning of the movement, David is researching his roots in the history of the mixed-race “Coloured” people of South Africa and of their antecedents among the indigenous people and early colonial settlers. The novel refuses to represent her and split her into clearly definable and divisible categories.

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It’s a postmodern text in that it is very conscious of its own construction, issues of telling the truth and of personal perspectives, etc.

Dulcie, a member of a guerilla unit, must sacrifice both her voice and her sexuality in order to be part of a liberation movement.

She does not want to ascend the hierarchy for to do so would not only threaten her own self identity, but ultimately lead to her death by removing her element of invisibility.

After which Dulcie and David are forced to choose allegiances apart from the movement.