When Morning Comes

When Morning Comes

Book - 2016
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This fictionalized account of a student uprising that began in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, unfolds through the first-person narratives of four young adults from different backgrounds whose lives intersect. An African student, Zanele, secretly organizes the protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree Act, which required the use of English and Afrikaans ("the language of the oppressors") in schools. Her apolitical friend Thabo heads a local gang, extorting money from an Indian store owner, whose daughter Meena, is sympathetic to the students. Meanwhile, Jack, a white Afrikaner, meets, befriends, and comes to love Zanele. Unlikely alliances develop and shift among the four protagonists, each of whom feels pressure from loved ones to conform to expectations.
Publisher: Vancouver ; London : Tradewind Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781926890142
1926890140
9781896580692
1896580696
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rai
Characteristics: 221 pages ; 23 cm

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Vero_biblio Jul 19, 2017

Four South African teenagers with different origins, Zanele, Thabo, Meena and Jack, narrate the story of how Black students took to the street in 1976 to fight against racist laws. If you are like me, you will become attached to them - they are not necessarily likeable, and they have various motives for being involved with the uprising (during which the police eventually started shooting at children - let it be noted), but they are complex and interesting characters.

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