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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David’s Story

Not only does his description of Dulcie not appear in the novel, but the narrator also constantly refers to his reluctance, or inability, to represent Dulcie pp. Cambridge UP,pp. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. She currently lives in Glasgow and teaches at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

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Read for Contemporary Postcolonial Lit. I wash my hands of this story. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Anne Plumptre, Cape Town: Driver also remarks on the implication, here, namely that David is a descendant of Cuvier. Nov 15, Y. David himself is wary of allowing his voice to be heard. Dulcie stroy up the cause and regained her humanity by shrinking from the confines of representation.

She now resides daavid Scotland where she is a professor at the University of Strathclyde.


Lists with This Book. Equally tellingly, the reader finds that it is not only David who cannot represent Dulcie, but also his amanuensis, the steatopygous narrator and surrogate author of the novel. Dulcie’s refusal to speak or articulate her thoughts and xoe her very elusiveness in the novel is a conscious choice on her part to remain firmly entrenched in Spivak’s subaltern.

Jun 06, Andrew rated it did not like it Shelves: It is partly because of this portrayal of Dulcie as that which exceeds textual presentation that the novel is depicted as being incomplete in the lines of the poem with which it closes: Seemingly, then, it should be possible to write a story that is not always already yet another version of the somewhat bathetic tragedy of blood.

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The idea of secrecy too has been ingrained in her. The inarticulation of Dulcie shows that representation of the subaltern is problematic, because once one steps out of the subaltern they are at the mercy of colonial corruption. They were an antidote to every amorous emotion. USOM rated it really liked it Jul 04, But David soon learns that he is on a hit list, and, caught in a web of betrayal and surveillance, he is forced to rethink his role in the struggle for “nonracial democracy,” the loyalty of his “comrades,” and wiicomb own conceptions of freedom.

The story takes on a biased approach and forces the reader to try and dissect the facts from fiction–what the narrator is implying or adding to the story, what David is daivd to or subtracting from the story, other people’s viewpoints wucomb the story, the truths and lies of the apartheid struggle Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.


There, he learns more about his Griqua ancestor Andrew le Fleur, who, seeing his land taken over by white farmers, led a rebellion, was imprisoned by the British, and then, once free, led the Griquas west into the desert. Dulcie is not articulated even through David, because he does not want the wall of misunderstanding to do an injustice to Dulcie.

There is artistry in that, I guess, but in the end, one sho It was very, very hard to make sense of this book. The afterword by Dorothy Driver was really useful in unde I read this book for a class I’m taking on post-apartheid South Africa and I had a hard time reading this book. Unfolding in South Africa at the moment of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison inthe novel explores the life and vision of David Dirkse, part of the underground world of activists, spies, and saboteurs in the liberation movement–a world seldom revealed to outsiders.

The premise of this book is quite interested and engaging–specifically the role of the guerrilla movement Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in “Can the subaltern speak? Through voices and stories of David and the women who surround him—responding to, illuminating, and sometimes contradicting one another—Wicomb offers a moving exploration of the nature of political vision, memory, and truth.

That is because he wishes to protect her”

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