A Sport of Nature

Nadine Gordimer


A Sport of Nature

A Sport of Nature

  • Title: A Sport of Nature
  • Author: Nadine Gordimer
  • ISBN: 9780140103298
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback



After being abandoned by her mother, Hillela was pushed onto relatives where she was taught social graces But when she betrayed her position as surrogate daughter, she was cast adrift Later she fell into a heroic role in the overthrow of apartheid.


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A Sport of Nature is a fictional history of the end of Apartheid . It is the story of a white Jewish privileged girl who is abandoned by her parents and brought up by her aunts. She doesn't fit in with her her up tight Aunt Olga or her liberal do gooder ,Aunt, Pauline. At about age 16 or 17 Hillela is discovered in her cousin's bed. From this point, she uproots herself totally from her family and becomes "The Sport of Nature," a spontaneous mutation.It is the 60's,70's even the 80's Hillella is [...]

Bem escrito mas a história não me cativou minimamente e a personagem principal não me diz nada

A Sport of Nature by Nadine Gordimer recounts the life a white Jewish girl named Hillela whose mother abandoned her as a child, who was raised by two aunts, who ran away from a middle-class South African life and became, through sundry love affairs, the widow of a black South African revolutionary and the wife of a successful president in a country (not named) neighboring South Africa. The concept here is that a “sport of nature” is an aberration, perhaps a felicitous aberration, and that H [...]

I read "A Sport of Nature" as a meditation on dissidence; an exploration of whether and how a person can survive under a repressive regime and retain some level of integrity. Almost all of the main characters are portrayed in some form of reaction or relationship to the apartheid regime -- protest, escape, exile, determined ignorance, collusion -- and the reader is invited to exercise his/her judgement as to whether they have achieved anything praiseworthy, notable or even just acceptable as a r [...]

Good gawd. Her writing is like nothing else--intense, intuitive, and challenging, both in style and content. It was such a rush for me to read Gordimer again; her passion for her country (South Africa) and it's liberation is infectious--she is not preachy but an incredibly intelligent and fluent observer and guide to the political pulse in not just S.A. but all of Africa. Written in the 80's, but covering the late 50's to early 80's. She's a genius and doesn't make the reader feel dumb. I can't [...]

I lied. I didn’t read it. I tried but found it so tedious.

Hillela wurde als kleines Mädchen einfach zurückgelassen. Ihre Mutter verließ Südafrika auf der Suche nach einem neuen Leben; ihr Vater, von Beruf Vertreter, interessierte sich nicht für seine Tochter. Tante Olga, die sich zu ihren drei Söhnen immer eine Tochter gewünscht hatte, finanziert Hillelas Internatsbesuch in Rhodesien. Liberale Familien in Südafrika schicken ihre Kinder gern in den Nachbarstaaten in Schulen ohne Rassentrennung. Hillela, nach ihrem jüdischen Urgroßvater genannt [...]

There are some great/moving moments, but I tended to get lost along the way a lot. I may have gotten lost a little less if I'd had a better grasp of the history. I also didn't really 'get' Hillela and how and what she was defined by (or not). A more nuanced than usual (?) treatment of post-colonial nation building in Africa was interesting to read. It shows how much one doesn't know, and how little one has thought about these movements, civil wars, regimes before dismissing them from consciousne [...]

While still a secondary school student, Kim Capran decides to rename herself "Hillela". Hillela joins the ANC, she marries a black man from the congress and has a child with him.[1][2] She travels to Dar es Salaam, Nairobi before returning to South Africa as one of the wives of a fictitious first President of South Africa.

Nasce Kim Capran, mas é como Hillela que fica conhecida. Abandonada pela mãe, Hilella cresce na companhia das tias, Pauline e Glória, mas passa a adolescência envolta em problemas devido ao ser temperamento, rebeldia e comportamentos considerados impróprios para a altura.Pauline é uma fervorosa defensora dos negros e, apesar da jovem ter convivido com os actos activistas da tia, nunca se mostrou interessada com a situação do país ou preocupada com a descriminação a que os negros sul-a [...]

This book was great. The main character, Hillela is strong without being forceful. At times, she appears to just be naive, young, innocent. Really, she is an observer, a learner, and highly adaptable. She seems to take life in stride, as the narration is of her life, not by her. This gives a feeling of a biography, and at times, as different character's perspectives are given, one is not sure the idea of Hillela one has is the true one.The book is set in the second half of the 20th century in Af [...]

I wanted to like this more than I did. It tells the story of a white South African woman, Hillela, coming of age in the 60's in S.A and follows her life journey through other African nations and Europe. The first third of the book was great, the middle third was all narrative and by the end I didn't care anymore about Hillela or what happened to her.The beauty of the book was the way Gordimer presented South Africa and made more clear the context- a time of tremendous social change throughout th [...]

This book was pretty excellent, even though I didn't really like the main character all that much. I had a really hard time really sympathizing with a woman who was, essentially, defined by the men she slept with or, in the case of Leonie, with the stronger women she associated with. Her final role as the wife of a revolutionary president was exemplary of this - she was defined by her role as wife to someone impressive, not as someone impressive in and of herself. I also got a bit annoyed with t [...]

Gordimer is one of my favorite writers, but I don't think this book is one of her best. I never really understood what motivated the protagonist and I was not convinced that her "revolutionary" ideas were anything more than a desire for personal revenge and undisciplined response to physical attraction to various men in the book. I think Gordimer was trying to demonstrate how Hillela's personal investment in ending apartheid after her husband's murder demonstrates that the sincere political come [...]

I loved Nadine Gordimer's use of words. Many quotes in this book, and ideas that I just loved. Really made me think about the way I perceive life and the things that happen in life. I would definitely read another Nadine Gordimer book. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars was because I just didn't get into the story. I felt no connection to the characters. I feel if I can't connect with the characters on any level then the events that take place have less meaning. Similar to the way I felt [...]

I got this from the New Haven Reads "free bookstore" in 2005, and gave it away somewhere. I can't remember. I wish I hadn't, though, because I'd reread it sometime.I remember that I loved the beginning, and disliked the ending. It's rather a sweeping book, though, so a lot happens to get you there. It's surprising where she ends up, and I think it made me uncomfortable. I'm not sure that's the same thing as bad, though.

You sense Nadine Gordimer somewhat admires her protagonist, the colorblind, social-climbing iconoclast Hillela who rises in World Politics just as South Africa's apartheid is being overthrown. But this Machiavellian blonde is also a soulless egoist who could've just as easily aligned herself with a tyrant as a national hero. I admired the historic scope of "A Sport of Nature" but found its mythic heroine an irritant. Kind of a flop.

Excellent writing and a compelling story. The heroine lives on the edge, continually breaking the apartheid barriers as well as other manifestations of cultural tradition. Her story ends up as the story of a white woman who finds her way to the very center of the national liberation movement in southern Africa. I recommend it for your reading pleasure and for your historical and spiritual illumination.

A great book about the fall of apartheid in South Africa. The main character is a bit of a Forrest Gump tyoe, connected one way or another with all the important events of the time but not really part of them. The writing style is excellent, with assumptions about what you already know (as if these were historical events) before you know it, but all eventually comes clear.

I learned a lot about African history, and more importantly, I learned that I have a lot to learn. I wonder if Gordimer would write it differently in light of the politics of the past 20 years.And Gordimer's treatment of Hillela is intesting. I like the way we know what people think of her, but we rarely know what she thinks of anyone or anything.

Gordimer is as always searchingly trenchant in exploring shades of political motivation, culture, self-delusion, heroic daily sacrifice of the mundane kind. The life of black and white South African freedom fighters in exile; nuances of relationships. But main character, Hillela, struck me as not believable.

Currently reading. Nadine is always thoughtful, and insightful. Tough stuff sometimes, but I take my time and think it through. Yes, the book is 1987 South Africa, but still reflects values, opinions, culture, that SA is dealing with (or not). Finished it. Fascinating twist about 2/3's the way through it. A good feminist book.

Gostei do modo como a autora escreve, e todo o descrever da história, ambientes, e tudo. Mas este livro em particular não gostei da escolha da personagem principal, acho muito desligada de tudo o que é importante mostrar e não mostra nada emocional da parte dela, os pensamentos, o porquê mudar de vida, o porquê das suas atitudes e decisões.

I have mixed feelings about this book. There are aspects of the writing style that I found annoying. I didn't like that speakers were never identified. I didn't like the ambiguity in time and place. It seemed annoying and unnecessary.Still there were things learned and understanding enhanced which is always a good thing

This was a challenging book to read, and more work than I usually devote to fiction. What made it so rewarding was how it brought contemporary South African history to life. When Nelson Mandela passed on, I understood his legacy better because of this novel.

Other books by Gordimer are both smart and clear, but this one is very uneven. The personal story of the main character is totally underwhelming, and Gordimer writes it in a very challenging, difficult style.

Read this book in preparation for Africa; was able to get alot of relevant political history from it; I need to think more about it before writing a review worth anything - the protagonist still baffles me weeks later

Very interesting story of what happened in south Africa during the apartheid era. the story is presented from the perspective of several members of a white Jewish family, some of whom were rich and others who were activists.

A remarkable story of a South African white woman who has no use for apartheid. It concludes with what turns out to have been a prophetic insight regarding the final stages of the struggle against apartheid.

It's on my shelves to be read.


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