Bringing Plaatje Back Home ~ D.S. Matjila and Karen Haire

Date Completed: 5/1/2016

Rating: 8/10

I want to preface this by saying this is a textbook. It is not light reading. That being said, I really enjoyed the information that was presented. I learned a lot about South African culture and the colonialism that happened in the not too distant past. Plaatje proves to be a very diplomatic character, and the authors do him justice in this tribute.

I wish this had been written in a more narrative style. I find biographies hard to stomach, particularly when they are written in a textbook style, which is why I tend towards memoirs which often portray similar information in a narrative style that makes it easier to read.

The transitions between subject matter were good and flowed better than many textbooks. I also liked the discussion of sexism and racism as it relates to Plaatje and South Africa.

D.S. Matila is associate professor in the Department of African Languages at UNISA. Karen Haire is a research fellow at UNISA and a professor at Principia College. They have another book about Plaatje, even more of a biography than this one.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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