The Conservationist Paperback
Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects.
His wife, son and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.
As the upheaval in Mehring's world increasingly resembles that in the country as a whole, it becomes clear that only a seismic shift in ideas and concrete action can avert annihilation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 21/11/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747578246
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Review by bodachliath
My desultory tour of the Booker prize reaches 1974 and South Africa. This book tells the story of a successful white businessman who buys a farm but gradually sees any attempt to find meaning there fail. Well-written and enjoyable in places, but overall rather bleak and hopeless.