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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) [ZoĆ« 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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The military hierarchy is problematic as it does not allow an equal ability for all to speak. The virus of secrecy.

Selected pages Title Page. Given this pervasive biologization of history, it would seem to follow that all coloured stories must ultimately be the same story, that is, a tragedy of blood.

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Please provide an email address. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Dulcie a female activist becomes the key for both the narrator and David. They choose to become aligned with one another.

Mar 16, Kazima rated it really liked it. David’s Story is about truth, facts, fiction, and lies and the quest to find the hidden truth beneath the layers of time.


She currently lives in Glasgow and teaches at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Dulcie is not articulated even through David, because he does not want the wall of misunderstanding to do an injustice to Dulcie. Dec 23, Sanne Meijer rated it liked it Shelves: 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 his own conceptions of freedom.


And then such a vociferous cawing commenced among the other fair as was never heard out of a rookery. Nov 15, Y. In the end the representation of the guerilla group is incompatible with a feminist drive and so Dulcie must suppress her femininity and her feelings for David. South African Library,p. Zoe Wicomb resides in Glasgow where she teaches creative writing and post-colonial literature at the University of Strathclyde. It’s such a complicated postmodern novel that I just can’t give this book a rating.

The reasons she does not speak for herself become more evident in the last sections of the novel but does little to whet the readers appetite in the end. The problems of representation have been clearly documented in post colonial criticisms from an external focus, but in this novel the problems of forming a large group with varying allegiances, backgrounds, and priorities creates internal rifts within the group.

The strong suggestion of biological determinism, here, would appear to indicate that the novel ultimately acknowledges its implication in the poetics of blood which it so assiduously deconstructs.

But that was at a time where I had a much deeper affection for experimental, postmodern fiction and I realised reading this novel that I no longer crave that kind of disjointed narrative.

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This relationship not only repeats the other promiscuous love triangles that I have mentioned, but also extends the theme of bastardy to the production of the novel itself. The strong women such as Dulcie, who evolved in the liberation movement, and certainly hope for an equal footing in sicomb patriarchal society quickly become aware of the reality of who will benefit.

The best ‘postmodern’ novel I’ve read so far. The sound that emanated from the group sounded like screaming and those on top were looked to to provide a translation of the noise. These legends and myths not a complete misrepresentation but exaggerations which act to protect her.



Davkd, Edizioni Unicopli, Bergamo. The seemingly aporetic question which her novel poses is: Now she insists on keeping a secret. Dulcie is the true protagonist of the novel but it is ultimately impossible to find her fully articulated in the novel.

Unfolding in South Qicomb 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. Lawrence and Wishart,pp.

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David’s Story

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Dulcie’s own allegiances are problematized and she finds herself torn between David and her allegiance to the movement. As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s wicombb work, David’s Story is a wicomg novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, and expansive. After which Dulcie and David are forced to choose allegiances apart from the movement.

Dulcie’s refusal to speak or articulate her thoughts and through her very elusiveness in the novel is a conscious choice on her part to remain firmly entrenched in Spivak’s subaltern.