Acted in Afrikaans, this is solid rather than spectacular storytelling. The Western Cape, When a white toddler is left outside the rural home of black couple Fiela Zenobia Kloppers and Selling Komoetie Wayne van Rooyen , Fiele decides to raise the boy as her own. Nine years later Benjamin Luca Bornman is very much part of the family, which includes four siblings. But when government census takers discover the boy, they take him away to Knysna, the nearest town, where a magistrate decides that Benjamin is in fact Lukas, a child lost years before, albeit many miles away.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Set in nineteenth-century rural Africa, Fiela's Child tells the gripping story of Fiela Komoetie and a white, three-year old child, Benjamin, whom she finds crying on her doorstep.
For nine years Fiela raises Benjamin as one of her own children. But when census takers discover Benjamin, they send him to an illiterate white family of woodcutters who claim him as their son. What follows is Benjamin's search for his identity and the fundamental changes affecting the white and black families who claim him. Everything a novel can be: convincing, thought-provoking, upsetting, unforgettable, and timeless. A book not to miss. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together.
Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Fiela's Child. Next page. From the Back Cover Set in nineteenth-century rural south Africa, Fiela's Child tells the gripping story of Fiela Kometie and a white, three-year-old child, Benjamin, whom she finds crying on her doorstep.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Excellent reading. Amazing tear-jerker, so well written that in your mind you become part of the story. I loved it from beginning to end, and the fact that it was based on a true story in a beautiful part of our country Knysna area that I know so well, just made it all the more enjoyable.
Highly recommended - just as good as her bestseller, Circles in a Forest. Great insight into 19th century South Africa. Very interesting to learn how different societies lived and related to each other- economically, socially, judicially. Philosophically asks the question of how we define ourselves and where our identification comes from. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and the conversations that arose from it's reading. Such a wonderful book. I bought this book many years ago and just recently gave it to a friend to read who was recovering from an illness.
She liked it, and I actually bought this extra copy because I was afraid I wouldn't get it back. Plan to read it again soon when I get the time. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Set in nineteenth-century rural Africa, Fiela's Child tells the gripping story of Fiela Komoetie and a white, three-year old child, Benjamin, whom she finds crying on her doorstep. For nine years Fiela raises Benjamin as one of her own children. But when census takers discover Benjamin, they send him to an illiterate white family of woodcutters who claim him as their son. What follows is Benjamin's search for his identity and the fundamental changes affecting the white and black families who claim him.
It tells the story of Fiela Komoetie , a black woman in 19th-century South Africa who finds a white toddler at her doorstep. She takes him in, names him Benjamin, and raises him alongside her other four children. At 12 years old, Benjamin is suddenly taken away when his original family, the forest-dwelling van Rooyens, claims that he is their long-lost son, Lukas, who disappeared nine years earlier. On which day of the week did Lange and Dikke arrive again at Wolwekraal after their first visit? Who was the magistrate when Lange and Dikke did the census in the Langekloof? Goldsbury is the magistrate. He is an upper-class English man whose position endows him with a sense of authority that makes people like Fiela and Barta van Rooyen feel they must impress him or submit to him.
The book was originally written in Afrikaans under the name Fiela se Kind , and was later translated into English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Hebrew , Icelandic and Sinhalese , among others. The story is set in the forests of Knysna , South Africa in the nineteenth century, and tells the story of a Cape Coloured woman, Fiela Komoetie, and her family who adopt's an abandoned white child Benjamin Komoetie at tender age of three found outside her door. Nine years later, census-takers come to count the people living in the Long Kloof. They are shocked that a white child is living with a Colored family and somehow come to the conclusion that the white child must be the child lost by the van Rooyens who live in the Forest. Fiela is distraught that her child is being taken away and travels to speak with the magistrate which fails because the magistrate is a white supremist. The magistrate warns Fiela that if she interferes any more she will be dealt with.